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.
King Ranch has diversified its business into a major agribusiness. It boasts interests in cattle ranching and feedlot operations, farming (citrus, cotton, grain, sugar cane, and turfgrass), pecan processing and sales, commodity marketing and processing, luxury retail goods, and recreational hunting.
King Ranch Turfgrass produces turfgrass in the US, selling through some 15 stores. Its sod farms sell between 250,000 and 700,000 sq. ft. of sod daily.
The firm also cultivates about 12,500 acres of sugar cane in South Florida that ultimately yields about 120,000 pounds of raw sugar and about 3.5 million gallons of molasses.
King Ranch holds a 78% stake in Consolidated Citrus, L.P., a US citrus grower with more than a dozen separate grove locations throughout Florida's southern half that comprise some 40,000 tree-planted acres. More than 90% of the growing operation's harvest consists of Valencia and other juice varieties.
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, the exclusive John Deere dealer for Skid Steer equipment in the Coastal Bend area.
One of the largest ranches in the world, King Ranch's operations span properties in South Texas and in Florida. Its operations comprise 825,000 acres -- larger than the state of Rhode Island.
The company's operations are managed from its Houston corporate headquarters.
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.
12060 NE HWY 70
Arcadia, FL 34266-4267
Phone: 1 (863) 231-9001
Employer Type: Privately Owned
Gen Ptnr: James E Bobbit
Employees (This Location): 300
Employees (All Locations): 300