Welcome to San Pedro Ranch

The San Pedro Ranch is located in Dimmit and Maverick Counties, 30 miles southwest of Carrizo Springs, Texas. Twenty-six different soil types, spanning over 23,000 acres, support a very diverse plant and animal community. The ranch is low fenced, and offers some of the best fair chase hunting opportunities for native white-tailed deer. Over the years, state of the art wildlife management practices have produced some of the highest quality trophy white-tailed deer in Texas, as measured by the Boone & Crockett Club.

Visit the San Pedro Ranch, and you will see approximately 325 head of hardy, gentle, registered Beefmaster cattle. We have genetically selected our cattle to thrive in an arid, oftentimes, harsh environment. Our San Pedro Beefmaster bulls reflect such distinguished lineage as LBar 5502, Ranger’s Pride, Casey, Tres Hijos, Frenzel, and Nolan Ryan bloodlines. Our heifers descend from cows who have consistently weaned a calf every year, even in difficult drought conditions.

At the San Pedro, we try to make the most of nature’s bounty by practicing holistic management; weighing each decision against the over-arching goal of improved native habitat and a healthier ecosystem. The San Pedro Ranch converts sun, soil, water, plant, and livestock resources into a valuable food source. We like to say that we help nature do what she does best. Please enjoy exploring our website for additional inforamtion.

For those managing whitetail deer in the state of Texas under the MLDP (managed land deer program), there are only a few days left in the season. Anyone planning to spend those last few days of the season in the woods? If so, good luck!
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We just wrapped up our annual family business planning weekend. It was a very productive weekend in the fact that as a team, we were able to flesh out management and financial plans for 2020. Ranching, particularly sustainable ranching, is a tough business and it takes a team of individuals to make it happen. We are a working ranch and it’s very important for us to remain sustainable. A big thanks goes out to all of those involved. When working with a team of people, it’s important that everyone understands where we have been, but more importantly where we are going. Therefore, it’s important to have clear objectives and goals. Fortunately for us, everyone has a strong passion for conservation, land stewardship, and family. The “land ethic” brings us all together. @katitafitz @merehoward @isahow @loudalous @fayfitzwalker
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Sunset over our main cattle working pens. These pens are located at HQ just a stones throw away from the main house, office, and employees housing. We are a working ranch and it’s important that we maintain that concept and authenticity. Being amongst the cattle during a working, listening to the calves balling, and being able to look out the window and see cattle in the working pens is special to us. It’s part of who we are........our ranching heritage.
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Here is a video of the “spillover” where we measure spring discharge (see previous post). Per your previous questions @texasbuckregistry and @tx625, we measure discharge using a small bucket with marks on the inside denoting quarts and gallons. We simply time how long it takes for the water to fill up to a certain mark then convert to gallons per minute. It’s a rather rudimentary technique, but very effective so long as we are consistent. We have always thought this set of springs is very special, particularly due to our location. Therefore, our management decisions are always made with the springs in mind!
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As people, specifically young kids, shadows are fascinating. They can be good or bad depending on how you interpret them. Not every kid thinks they are fascinating! But what about animals? We’ve always wondered’ “what do animals think of their shadow”? Do they understand their shadow is a reflection of themselves? People will argue that animals can’t rationalize; however, for those of us who spend time with animals, we know differently. Get outside this weekend and spend some time with animals. They will calm your soul, ease your mind, and want judge you. Show them affection, and in most cases, they immediately return the favor.
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Anyone else ready for spring? We are ready in the sense that spring brings hope for thunderstorms and rain. While most folks across Texas are receiving moisture, we have only had 0.29” since 1/1/20. The lack of recent moisture coupled with one of our driest winters on record, does not bode well for a good spring. Fingers crossed that the current weather pattern makes a change, soon! The blooms seen here floating on an old concrete water pila, are from a retama tree.
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Texas leaf cutter ants....incredible strength!
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Drone shot of San Pedro Springs. This set of springs, just south of our HQ, represents a very unique and extremely important ecosystem for this part of south Texas. We have been monitoring discharge of the springs, in gallons per minute since November 2014. Many of our management decisions are made, with the springs in mind. It is important for us to take a holistic approach in everything we do, as each management decision we make, could have unintended consequences.
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We had the opportunity to “take a kid” hunting this past weekend. We were fortunate enough to harvest a VERY old buck. However, the hunt itself and the excitement that unfolded after the harvest, far outweighed the harvest. Fred Bear said, “A downed animal is most certainly the object of a hunting trip, but it becomes an anticlimax when compared to the many other pleasures of the hunt.” Get a kid in the outdoors and teach them the ethics and morals of hunting and immerse them in the experience itself......don’t focus on the harvest.
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Good example of low stress handling. This is a drone video illustrating our replacement heifers being moved out of the working pens after carcass ultrasound. Notice the man at the gate never moves until the end. Cattle are herd animals, if you let them move at their own pace and do not pressure them, they will go exactly where you need them too. We are still trying to figure out how to move the drone videos onto an iPhone so that we can post the original video (this is a video of the original video taken off the computer screen with an iPhone).
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Shadows on the landscape. Drone shot of our replacement heifers following the Kawasaki Mule after carcass scan, to join the main cow herd. Once bulls are removed from the replacement heifers, they join the main cow herd. We use either a truck (if it’s cold by south Texas standards) or this Kawasaki Mule to move cattle. One man and a sack of cubes can move all our cattle as needed. Since we move the main cow herd 50-70 times a year, it’s not economical for us to be using helicopters and 10 cowboys every time we need to move our cattle. There is nothing wrong with the aforementioned method (helo and cowboys), it’s just not economical and it adds stress to the cows. If a cow doesn’t want to cooperate with the moves and we spend additional time trying to move one cow, she is sold. @kawasakiusa .
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The benefits of cattle with a good disposition.....everything! Easy handling is the most obvious benefit of good disposition, but improved productivity can at times, be unrealized in gentle cattle. The ranch has focused on 3 primary criteria for culling over the past 30 years: disposition, fertility, and longevity. In our opinion, all 3 are very important to your bottom line as a producer. Which quality do you think is the most important? Comment below.
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