Matador Ranch Cowboy Reunion Connects Past and Present

Published 08/29 2014 05:51PM

Updated 08/29 2014 06:30PM

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MATADOR, TX (PRESS RELEASE) -- Matador Ranch will welcome back members of its "ranch family" at their Cowboy Reunion on Saturday, August 30. The event will be held in conjunction with the 91st Annual Motley-Dickens Counties Old Settlers Reunion and Rodeo in Roaring Springs. About 200 former and current cowboys and their families are expected to attend the day's festivities.

The public and media are invited to attend the reunion from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Matador Ranch Lodge which is located one mile south of Matador on Highway 70. There will be refreshments, air conditioning and lots of great cowboy stories. For any questions, the general public should contact Janie Campbell at 806.347.2645 and the media should contact Deanna Altenhoff at 512.476.4795.

"We are very happy to continue the tradition of hosting the reunion again this year. It is wonderful to have the men and women who have worked at the ranch come back and reminisce about their time here," says Bob Kilmer, ranch manager. "It is also very meaningful to show them what the Matador is like today, how what they helped build is still going strong."

The Matador Ranch covers 130,000 acres primarily on the Rolling Plains of Texas, although the western edge touches the Caprock or High Plains escarpment. It is a working cattle ranch that supports about 2,350 head of commercial cattle annually, a small herd of registered Akaushi cattle, and a diverse wildlife population. In addition, the ranch's horse-breeding program produces stock able to traverse rugged terrain safely with outstanding cow ability. The ranch produces many of the horses used by its employees and markets others in select forums. In 2013, the Matador Ranch was honored to receive the 2013 Zoetis-AQHA Best Remuda Award.

Outstanding stewardship efforts at the ranch have been recognized by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department's Lone Star Land Steward Award; the Texas Section Society for Range Management/Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association's Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award; and by the Environmental Stewardship Award Program sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the National Cattlemen's Foundation, and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

About Matador Ranch

The Matador Ranch is owned and operated by Matador Cattle Company, an indirect subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Matador Cattle Company also operates the Beaverhead Ranch in Montana and Spring Creek Ranch in Kansas. The three ranches were acquired between 1941 and 1952 by Fred C. Koch, cofounder of what is now Koch Industries. Today, the ranches total more than 460,000 acres, including about 235,000 deeded acres. The ranches wean approximately 9,500 calves annually and support more than 12,000 cattle.

(Press release by the Matador Ranch)

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