Matador Ranch earned the 2013 Best Remuda Award from American Quarter Horse Association and AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis. The award recognizes Matador's efforts in raising American Quarter Horses, an important tool of their trade. Beaverhead Ranch was honored by the Montana Preservation Alliance for maintaining the historical integrity of many of its ranch buildings, including this 1860s barn.
Matador Cattle Company
Acquired between 1941 and 1952 by Fred C. Koch, the ranches today total more than 460,000 acres of owned or leased land. They wean about 9,500 calves annually and support more than 12,000 head of cattle.
The company has implemented innovative safety measures that include annual horsemanship clinics, and training in hazard communications, environmental compliance, vehicle safety and more.
Read the Progressive Farmer and American Quarter Horse Journal to find out how the company relies on employees' knowledge and participation to stay successful.
Spring Creek Ranch is located in the Flint Hills of Kansas and was the first ranch purchased and developed by Fred C. Koch. It was at Spring Creek where Charles and David Koch spent much of their childhood fishing, hunting, riding horses and working. On the property are many reminders of the past. An exhausted, one-room schoolhouse—still standing—has the old slate blackboard hanging on the wall. A relic of a stagecoach way station and remnants of headstones from an infant cemetery are standing in the middle of what is now a large cow pasture. Today, it is home to approximately 500 cow/calf pairs, including purebred Angus and Hereford cattle.
Matador Ranch lies primarily on the Rolling Plains of Texas, although the western edge touches the Caprock or High Plains escarpment. Matador Ranch is a 130,000-acre working cattle ranch that supports about 3,700 head of commercial cattle annually and Quarter horses. Stewardship efforts at the ranch have been recognized with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Lone Star Land Steward award, Texas Section Society for Range Management/Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association's Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award; and by the Environmental Stewardship Award Program sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. It also received a 2012 Koch Industries EH&S Excellence Award. The ranch offers a full line of hunting clothing and outdoor gear for men, women and children.
Beaverhead Ranch is located on more than a quarter million acres in Southwest Montana. It stretches along a 90-mile road from Dillon to the Idaho border then east to Yellowstone Park. It is home to cow/calf pairs, bald eagles, elk, and beaver. The ranch earned a Preservation Excellence Award from the Montana Preservation Alliance for preserving the historic character of its buildings. Interior walls that had to be replaced were kept, including one with signatures of cowboys dating back to the 1880s. In 2002, Beaverhead was the first ranch to receive Wildlife at Work certification by the Wildlife Habitat Council for successful wildlife habitat conservation. It remains the only ranching operation in the U.S. to hold this certification. Other recognition includes: The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award; the first-ever National Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award; and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator's Award.
Matador Ranch earned the 2013 Best Remuda Award from American Quarter Horse Association and AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis. The award recognizes Matador's efforts in raising American Quarter Horses, an important tool of their trade.
Beaverhead Ranch was honored by the Montana Preservation Alliance for maintaining the historical integrity of many of its ranch buildings, including this 1860s barn.