Matador Ranch Honored With Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award

October 14, 2010

Contact: Jeff Goodwin (903-257-6633)

ODESSA, Texas – The Texas Section Society for Range Management (TSSRM) and the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) today awarded their highest stewardship honor to the Matador Ranch as part of the TSSRM annual convention held here.

“Matador Ranch is clearly a leader in many areas,” said Jeff Goodwin, rangeland management specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. “The ranch team has developed a sustainable approach to rangeland management that mutually benefits the land, the water, the wildlife and the livestock operation.”

Matador Ranch is a 130,000-acre working cattle ranch that covers parts of Motley, Cottle, Dickens, Floyd and Crosby counties in the Rolling Plains of Texas.

“We are proud that a longtime member of the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association has earned this prestigious honor,” said Dave Scott, rancher and president of TSCRA. “Matador Ranch’s ability to manage a large holding while continuously striving to improve the natural resources is an excellent example of today’s agricultural stewardship.”

TSCRA will recognize Matador Ranch at its April 2011 annual convention in San Antonio.

The Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship award is presented annually by the two organizations and is a competition-based honor. As a result of this honor, Matador Ranch will now compete for the regional stewardship award sponsored by the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and Dow AgriSciences, LLC and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

“Today’s recognition is an honor for the ranch and our employees,” said Bob Kilmer, Matador Ranch manager. “We believe that our long-term viability and success is based upon our company’s market-based business philosophy. Our ranch has a strong tradition and history, yet we are focused on marrying that with the innovations of the 21st century. Our branding patterns may be rooted in 1900, but our management systems employ the best information and technologies available. We appreciate the support of the Texas Section, the NRCS and TSCRA for the roles they’ve played in helping Matador Ranch meet its stewardship goals.”

TSSRM’s annual convention wraps up on Oct. 15.