David Wright ranches in Holt County, NE and owns JD Printing & Publishing in Neligh. Wright is a fourth-generation rancher and his day-to-day operation includes a cow-calf operation with just enough grass to feed the cows and enough cows to eat the grass. He is proud his grandfather was a cattle-trader. Along with his son Isaac, the ranch hand, he backgrounds the calves to 600-700 lbs. Wright also sells hay.
Wright says, “I love putting up hay; I like the baby calves in the spring and enjoy weaning them. There isn’t anything about ranching I don’t like. I’m a fourth generation rancher and my son Isaac is the
fifth. I have a huge burden to those before me and my successors coming up to keep this business alive and well. If I don’t stand up for the independent rancher, who will? No one.”
Wright’s wife Joan is a Registered Nurse and member of the Neligh Rescue Squad. Son Isaac is married to HollyAnn and they have two sons. He has a degree from Southeast Technical College in Diesel Mechanics and works the ranching operation where he gets paid in beef. Daughter Katie is married to
Jared and they have one son. She teaches Spanish and elementary and is the high school’s head volleyball coach. Youngest daughter Hannah is a marketing director for a nonprofit health center in Omaha.