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.

SUNRISE. Ever wonder what a sunrise looks like through a toddler’s eyes? Or how they perceive the glow of the sun rising over the horizon? For us here at the ranch, the sun brings a new day, and in turn, a new opportunity. Another chance for us to learn from our mistakes and be better land stewards, livestock managers, and conservationists. We make lots of mistakes in this business when dealing with Mother Nature; however, she can be a very good teacher if you take the time to listen.
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NEW LIFE. As we have mentioned before, we always try to find the silver lining in everything we do here at the ranch. As many of you know, making a living ranching can be difficult. Although we finally received some much needed rainfall a week ago, we are still in the midst of the worst drought on record. However, there is hope, as the rangeland is starting to show signs of new life. As a country, we are in the middle of a drought, and a unique one at that. The only constant right now is time, and with each day, time brings us one day closer to regrowth and new beginnings. Hang in there everybody!
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STARING DOWN THE WEEKEND. We hope everyone has a great weekend and is staying safe. Use the current situation as an opportunity to distance yourself from society and enjoy nature; something we ALL need more of in our lives. John Muir said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” Get outside this weekend and let time slow down, clear your mind, and focus on the blessings you currently have, as this too shall pass.
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RECLAMATION. This is a drone shot of cattle foraging on a reclaimed drilling location. Note there is more ground cover and forage on the reclaimed location than elsewhere. If planned correctly, there are advantages to energy development relative to livestock and wildlife.
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NATIONAL AG DAY. Here is to all the hard working Americans who keep this great country fed. Whether you are planting corn or raising cattle, thank you for all you do!
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WORK DOESN’T STOP. Despite the current happenings in our world, ranchers and farmers will continue to push on. The cattle, wildlife, crops, and this great land that they steward doesn’t understand, and frankly, doesn’t care about COVID-19. They don’t know what day it is on the calendar or what’s going on beyond the fence lines. Cattle need to be moved, wildlife need to be managed, crops need to be planted, and the ranglands/farmlands cared for. We will wean over 200 calves in less than two weeks and life will go on. We are taking this very seriously from a personnel standpoint and doing our part to combat this virus, but also understand the ranchers and farmers that feed this great country can’t afford to take a day off. With that being said, we want to take a moment to thank all the scientists, doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, first responders et al. who are working tirelessly to manage and stop COVID-19. It’s times like these that help us as a society, recognize the people that are an integral part of day to day life. THANK YOU. @beefusa @workingranchmagazine
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SILVER LINING. In the ranching business, there can be a great deal of stressful times; therefore, we always try to find the silver lining. For example, the historical drought that we are currently experiencing has no doubt taken a toll on us; however, it has helped us identify weak links in our management and in turn, we will be more resilient to the next drought. Furthermore, this drought will select for us, the cows that continue to perform in this environment. As we work through these unprecedented times as a society, perhaps the social distancing and “quarantine” will allow us to spend quality time with the ones we love. In a world where 10 minutes feels more like 5, we can easily lose sight of what’s important.....family. We all get the same 86,400 seconds each day, but it’s how we spend those seconds that really matters. Take this opportunity to slow down and cherish time with your family. @beefusa
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OPEN SPACES. As the world navigates through the current happenings with COVID-19, it seems more and more people are beginning to understand the importance of open spaces. For example, the food that is usually readily available on the grocery store shelf, is in low supply. That food doesn’t just “magically” appear in the grocery store, it is grown/harvested from open spaces. Furthermore, during this time of social distancing, people are using the outdoors, and in turn open spaces, to avoid the crowds. There is more to open spaces than meets the eye, and as we move forward as a society, these open spaces will become even more important. Our thoughts go out to all those across the world who have been impacted by COVID-19....remember, time heals everything. @katitafitz
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ROLLING ON. Here is a little video illustrating the aerator, from the previous post, at work. @holt_cat .
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MANAGEMENT TOOL. Pictured here is a dozer pulling a Lawson aerator. We typically do not incorporate mechanical brush treatments into our management plans, but as with anything else, there are exceptions. We do not have a set “tool” that we use for habitat management, rather a toolbox. Each treatment (mechanical, chemical, fire, cattle, etc) is a tool within our management toolbox. There is no one tool that works in every situation, as our goal and the system (plant species/soil type) we are manipulating is never the same. This particular area had been treated with herbicide designed to target mesquite and prickly pear. We chose to use the aerator here, as most of the mesquite and prickly pear is dead; therefore, the mesquite will not root sprout and the prickly pear will not be spread as a result of the aerator. The beauty of managing ecosystems.....the more we learn, the more realize how little we know!
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