Cattle & Wildlife

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Cattle

For more than 150 years, cattle have been the mainstay of the Knibbe Ranch. The breed of choice for most of that time was the familiar red, white-faced Hereford, known for its hardiness and size and prized for beef production.

 Since 1996, the Knibbes have focused on producing a specialty hybrid nicknamed F-1 Tiger Stripes. These cattle are the first cross between purebred Hereford cattle and purebred Brahman cattle.

The Knibbes believe that crossing these two extreme species, Bos taurus and Bos indecos, achieves the highest degree of heterosis — or hybrid vigor. The F-1 female has bred-in environmental adaptivity, increased milk production, higher fertility and the heat and disease resistance of her Brahman parent. The Knibbes feel these cattle adapt best to the Texas Hill Country and bring an optimum price at market.

Cattleman Knibbe with his herd

Wildlife

Axis deer can be seen on Knibbe Ranch.

The Knibbe Ranch is a typical Hill Country ranch in Texas: wildlife is abundant. The herds of white tail deer increase each year as surrounding ranches are sold and more deer are pressed onto the ranch.

Axis deer are also becoming quite numerous, along with feral hogs, jack rabbits and cottontail rabbits.

Wild Rio Grande turkeys abound. Red fox, gray fox, raccoons, ringtails and opossums abound. The state animal of Texas, the armadillo, can be seen frequently rooting around the woods.
Wild turkeys abound on Knibbe Ranch.

The variety of trees and the abundant waters of the Guadalupe River and the Spring Branch creek create a tremendous habitat for a variety of birds. Bird watchers can see hawks, blue herons, kingfishers, wood ducks, doves, cardinals, meadowlarks, horned owls, barn swallows, blue birds, and more.