Pitchfork's operations span around
180,000 acres in 2 states and more than a
century of continuous operation under one family."
December 13, 1883 the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company was incorporated
with 52,500 acres of land in central West Texas and a foundation
herd of 9,750 cattle. Unlike most ranches established during the
great cattle boom of the 1880s, the Pitchfork survived episodes
of drought and cattle depression for more than 100 years. No other
ranch in central West Texas can boast being larger today than during
its initial years.
Pitchfork home ranch covers 165,000 acres in Dickens and King counties
near the town of Guthrie, Texas, with a satellite operation in
The Pitchfork is larger today than at any time in its history. Recently
the Pitchfork sold its Flint Hills ranch in Kansas and purchased
land in Jefferson county Oklahoma. In 1993 the Flag Ranch operation in Wyoming
was sold. At that time the Pitchfork ranch acquired more land
in Texas. Although the Pitchfork's operations have expanded
and modernized, its core business remains the same: cattle.
The Pitchfork cattle herd is primarily Black and Black Baldie cows.
Cattle are selected for multiple traits that include both maternal
and carcass characteristics. Pitchfork calves are all Source
and Age verified and all are USDA process verified as NHTC
(Non-Hormonally Treated) and All Natural.
around 4,500 mother cows grazing the home ranch, the cowboys have
ample opportunity to work the range in a manner very similar to
the cowboys who first rode for the brand. Pitchfork cowboys have
always ridden good horses. The
signature "Pitchfork Gray" -- a gray horse with a black mane and
tail -- has now become as synonymous with the ranch as the brand
itself. The Pitchfork's horses have become widely known because of
the success they have had in multiple areas.
nearly 100 years the Pitchfork's profits and losses were affected
only by the weather and the price of cattle. The Pitchfork Ranch
is now a diversified modern agricultural business. Other areas of
the ranches operation include oil
exploration with significant finds in the Tannehill sands
area. The Pitchfork has established hunting
on the ranch, with guided hunts for deer, game birds, boar and other
game. Farming has also been expanded in recent years to
increase winter grazing and grain production.
Pitchfork has changed with the times, as change was necessary. However,
it has never forgotten its past, never forgotten the traditions
and ethic that allowed it to survive when many others failed. Helicopters
and computers are now as common as ropes and saddles at the Pitchfork.
But the ranch's cowboys eat at the same table as the ranch's cowboys
did nearly a century before. Some things never change and never