Matador Ranch wins top honors for regional environmental award
Story by Quenna Terry
Located in Motley County, Texas, the Matador Ranch, owned by Matador Cattle Company an indirect subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., was recognized as a 2011 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winner during the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Florida on Aug. 2, 2011.
The operation is the regional IV ESAP award winner that will compete with five other regional winners for the national ESAP award which will be announced during the 2012 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn.
The ESAP award is sponsored by Dow AgriSciences; the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); the US Fish and Wildlife Service; the National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF) and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA).
Candidates are judged on management of water, wildlife, vegetation, soil, as well as the nominee's leadership and the sustainability of the total operation.
Recognized for their commitment to sustaining their ranching operations by conserving land, resources, and wildlife, the Matador Ranch is continually working to improve conservation and stewardship practices on their land.
"The ranch has worked closely with NRCS for many years in developing and improving ranch resources," said James Gillespie, NRCS district conservationist in Matador. "The ranch is especially active in grazing management, livestock watering systems, brush management, prescribed burning, wildlife management, and educational opportunities for both the ranch and others as well."
Matador Cattle Company has land in Motley, Dickens, Floyd, Cottle, and Crosby counties.
Matador Cattle Company is recognized as Region IV Environmental Stewardship Award Winner.