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Meanwhile, back at the ranch ... the quite-sprawling King Ranch, to be exact. Founded in 1853, King Ranch's operations extend beyond its original 825,000 Texan cattle-raising acres. The ranch is still home to cattle and horses, of course, but King Ranch oversees considerable farming interests in its home state and elsewhere, including cotton, sorghum, sod, citrus, pecans, vegetables, and cane sugar. It also has various retail operations, such as hardware, designer saddles, publishing, and printing. In addition, King Ranch also beefs up revenues with tourist dollars from birdwatchers, hunters, and sightseers who visit its Texas ranch lands. The descendants of founder Richard King own King Ranch.

Geographic Reach

One of the largest ranches in the world, King Ranch's operations span properties in South Texas and in Florida.

The company's operations are managed from its Houston corporate headquarters.


In addition to its 60,000 cattle, King Ranch has about 300 quarter horses. Its quarter horse and thoroughbred programs can be traced back to Richard King and his son-in-law, Robert Kleberg Sr.

Its nuts business, Young Pecan operates a large shelling facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and maintains corporate offices and a distribution center in Florence, South Carolina.

The company owns the Kingsville Publishing Company, which offers printing services and publishes several local newspapers, including the Kingsville Record and Bishop News. It also owns the Robstown Hardware Company.


Considered the birthplace of the American ranching industry, King Ranch introduced the highly fertile breed of beef cattle, the King Ranch Santa Cruz, which is one-fourth Gelbvieh, one-fourth Red Angus, and one-half Santa Gertrudis. Raising animals isn't the only thing King Ranch cottons to -- this sprawl of four noncontiguous ranches is also one of the US's largest cotton producers and a significant producer of shelled pecans. 

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12060 Ne Highway 70
Arcadia, FL 34266-4267
Phone: 1 (863) 231-9001


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Major Office Locations

  • Arcadia, FL