While steeped in history and maintaining rich traditions King Ranch® is a Profit Proven, progressive, vertically integrated ranching operation where our 20,000+ head commercial cow-calf enterprise remains the emphasis of our ranching operations.
Today, King Ranch continues to breed our Santa Gertrudis cattle with the original focus for which we created the breed in the early 1900s: making the most profitable range cow is our objective. Our purebred Unit serves to produce the Seedstock for our commercial cow-calf operation and to be the catalyst and focal point of genetic improvements where cows are expected to perform in one of the nation’s toughest environments on pasture up to 30,000 acres; we are our own biggest customer. Our cattle compete against an ever improving national supply and thus cannot compromise in fertility, efficiency, or carcass quality.
To most effectively make selection decisions, in the early 2000’s, King Ranch developed its own within-herd EPD system which we maintain today and collaborated with Santa Gertrudis Breeders International to be the very first breed to utilize the single-step genomically enhanced EPD model. King Ranch balances rigid phenotypic selection parameters and cutting edge within-herd EPDs including a suite of carcass, growth, and fertility EPDs as well as King Ranch Proven indices: King Ranch Proven Fertile, King Ranch Proven Carcass, King Ranch Proven Growth & our total index King Ranch Proven Profit. Having our own within-herd EPD database allows us to make data management decisions so that we have the best information available to make the best cow possible.
Typically it is more economically feasible to manage cost rather than add value in the cow/calf business. One of the exceptions to this rule is being able to capitalize on top tier genetics, especially through a well-managed AI program. Today, King Ranch AIs many of our purebred heifers & mature cows to take advantage of the best genetics in the world.
Years ago, King Ranch recognized the need to not only breed cattle that could perform in the harsh South Texas environment but that could also compete on the national level in terms of carcass traits and thus, began incorporating high Marbling, Ribeye Area, Hot Carcass Weight & Yield Grade selection criteria as part of their balanced selection approach. Today, King Ranch Santa Gertrudis and Santa Gertrudis crossed cattle perform on the rail par with any other cattle in the high plains. The foundational carcass genetics of King Ranch’s Santa Gertrudis are of superior quality and often have the best carcass performance of any cattle in some of the largest Texas Panhandle feedyards. Below are the current Santa Gertrudis AI sires being utilized in King Ranch program.
SGBI Registration Number: 1288482
Sire 97/10 has been, and remains, a significant part and influence of where our breeding program is today.
Registration Number: 20153484
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KR Data Driven 143/7
Registration Number: 20172997
Purebred Santa Gertrudis Sale Bulls
100+ Santa Gertrudis & Super Cruz bulls will complete gain test and will be available for sale late April, 2019.
King Ranch’s Santa Cruz cow was originally ½ Santa Gertrudis, ¼ Red Angus, & ¼ Gelbvieh. Today the Super Cruz cow is comprised of ½ to ¾ Santa Gertrudis & ½ to ¼ Red Angus. The Super Cruz aims to combine the best of both the Santa Gertrudis & Red Angus breeds and serves as the primary composition of King Ranch commercial cow herd which out competes most all other cattle at the ranch and feedlot level.
Heifers, Stockers, Feeders. Cattle made to order!
King Ranch commonly has commercial cows, heifers, and feeders for sale Private Treaty. The commercial heifers & cows are always in high demand, as the picture above of a first-calf heifer shows why. King Ranch typically offers ‘Females to Order’, which may include:
- Weaned open yearling heifers ready to breed
- Bred yearling heifers
- Bred 3-coming-4 year olds
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