King Ranch

Ranching & Cattle

Like the well-known innovators in breeding and range management techniques of earlier eras, the people of 21st-Century King Ranch continue to aspire to new levels of excellence that are worthy of the birthplace of American ranching.



The ranching business remains a vital component of contemporary King Ranch operations, and is an ongoing, living link with the legendary past of Captain King’s domain. From state-of-the-art scientific breeding programs to Santa Gertrudis and Santa Cruz bull sales to top-flight feedlot operations, one of the birthplaces of American ranching is a vertically integrated cattle enterprise that continues to thrive as a vanguard of the cattle business on the 825,000 acres of its home ranches in South Texas.

The ideas that inspired Richard King to found his ranch continue to inspire the people in King Ranch’s cattle operations to achieve higher degrees of efficiency and excellence, and better respond to the demands of an ever-changing beef cattle market.

For information concerning purchases or sales of:

Stockers and Feeders:

Dave DeLaney
P.O. Box 1090
Kingsville, TX 78364-1090
Office: (361) 221-0314

Registered and Composite Seedstock:

Robert Silguero
P.O. Box 1090
Kingsville, TX 78364-1090
Office: 361-221-0335
Cell: 361-455-7677

Cattle Improvements


The inclusion of both Bos indicus (Brahman) traits and Bos taurus (Shorthorn) traits in Santa Gertrudis cattle made them uniquely adaptable to tropical and subtropical climates throughout the world.

To remain viable and competitive in the cattle industry, breeders must continue to make progress in improving animal genetics. Both consumer and industry expectations are changing, so producers must respond by making genetic changes. King Ranch is continuing to emphasize genetic progress in both the Santa Gertrudis and Santa Cruz cattle. For example, King Ranch is currently utilizing EPDs, DNA fingerprinting, embryo transfer, genomic selection criteria and AI to improve the Santa Gertrudis and to measure progress against their peers.

Today, King Ranch is one of the few operations which conducts within herd Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) calculations. These calculations allow King Ranch to continuously upgrade and improve its purebred Santa Gertrudis herd. This herd, comprising approximately 1100 animals, serves as the germ plasm herd for the introduction of new genetics and traits into the commercial Santa Cruz herds. Through the years, King Ranch genetics and breeding specialists have made certain that the changes in the commercial Santa Gertrudis herd continue to allow Santa Gertrudis cattle to thrive and produce offspring in humid climates. Using artificial insemination, embryo transfer, genomic selection, and other state of the art technologies, King Ranch will continue to provide the consumer with a product that is of the highest quality and wholesomeness.

Cattle Feeding

For more information on cattle feeding, contact:

Willie Pakebusch
King Ranch Feedyard
P.O. Box 1090
Kingsville, Texas 78364-1090
Office: (361) 595-5683
Cell: (361) 219-0409

For more information on cattle procurement, partnership arrangements, etc., contact:

Dave DeLaney
P.O. Box 1090
Kingsville, TX 78364-1090
Office: (361) 221-0314