At 12 years old, Larry Garcia was driving trucks
and performing maintenance on machinery in his
stepfather and mother’s manure business. Nearly
40 years later, he’s still working for some of the
same customers that Domingo and Lupe Pessina
did business with when he was a kid.
“I literally grew up in the business; it’s all I’ve
ever known,” said Garcia, Owner of Rough
Riders Manure. “When I was younger I really
didn’t understand the business end of it, but
that changed when I took over after my stepdad
passed away. What I learned from him and my
mom was the value of hard work and dedication.
That’s what I bring to every job I do.”
Garcia estimates that 95 percent of Rough
Riders Manure’s business comes from repeat
customers, such as feedlots and dairies. His
services include cleaning pens, pits and ponds,
stockpiling, hauling and spreading manure
mainly throughout Texas and into Oklahoma and
With multiple jobs going at once, Garcia relies
on six to seven employees in the field. His sister,
Perla Luna, is Office Manager at Rough Riders
Manure’s office in Hereford, Texas.
In addition to his staff, Garcia has a fleet of
equipment, including a Komatsu WA380-6
wheel loader he purchased from Kirby-Smith
Machinery with the help of Territory Manager
“The main reason I looked at Komatsu to begin
with was I had trouble from a service standpoint
with another dealer,” Garcia recalled. “So when
I needed a new loader, I decided to look around.
Britt and Kirby-Smith assured me they would
stand behind the Komatsu. They proved it when
I had an issue with the loader and they sent me
one to use while the issue was fixed.
“I’m glad I looked because the Komatsu
loader has been very good,” he added.
“Handling manure is more than just scooping
it up, stockpiling and loading it. The conditions
vary, from wet and heavy to dry and dusty.
The WA380 never misses a beat, no matter the
situation. I’m very happy with the production
and the smoothness of operation. It’s a good
Garcia said he expects longevity out of the
loader because he sees a need for his services
for a long time to come. “Like anything else,
the market for manure fluctuates depending on
the economy. But agriculture in this area means
there’s always a lot of cattle, and that means a
constant need for manure services to both clean
it up and spread it for fertilizer.”