Matador Cattle Company
Matador Cattle Company operates three ranches that were acquired between 1941 and 1952 by Fred C. Koch, and the Matador Cattle Company was formed in 1952.
Today, the ranches total more than 460,000 acres and support more than 12,000 head of cattle and the ranching families who also call them home.
Beaverhead Ranch is located near Yellowstone National Park in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, Spring Creek Ranch lies among the rolling plains of the scenic Flint Hills in southeast Kansas, and the historic Matador Ranch in West Texas stretches from the Rolling Plains to the Caprock (or High Plains).
As a cattle producer, Matador Cattle Company is committed to raising safe, healthy and wholesome beef that meets the consumers’ expectations. To achieve this, we strive to use the best management practices developed by the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program. For example, a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) is in place at each ranch to ensure health and treatment protocols meet the needs of the cattle at that location.
We also strive to follow other key components of the BQA program, including:
- Low-stress cattle handling
- Written protocols for proper care, treatment, and well-being of cattle
- Good recordkeeping
- Understanding and mitigating biosecurity risks
- Ensuring safety for both the livestock and ranch employees
- Protecting the environment
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association awarded Matador Cattle Company the 2019 Beef Quality Assurance Cow-Calf Award on February 1, 2019: https://www.tsln.com/news/national-cattlemens-beef-association-announces/. The video about the award can be viewed here.
Full-time employees of the Matador Cattle Company are BQA-certified and part-time employees receive training prior to the seasonal work. To learn more about the BQA Program, visit www.bqa.org or read about us here.
Our enduring commitment to raising extremely high-quality beef is matched by our devotion to preserve the land on which that beef is raised. We’re unwavering in our respect for the history, lifestyle and natural resources of our ranches.
At the foundation of our approach is Market-Based Management®.
Simply stated, Market-Based Management is the business philosophy and framework that we apply to innovate, improve and transform ourselves in order to create greater value for our customers.
At the heart of MBM® is our 8 Guiding Principles. We are proud of our employees who share a love of agriculture and a love of the land, but also share a commitment to integrity, compliance and respect.
Matador Cattle Company is an indirect subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Koch is integral in creating the essentials that benefit daily life: food, shelter, clothing and transportation. With 100,000 employees worldwide and 60,000 strong in the U.S., Koch continually strives to make life even better – in innovative ways that set industry best practices for quality and responsibility.
Koch Industries is based in Wichita, Kansas, and is one of the largest private companies in America, according to Forbes.