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All-Inclusive Corporate Hunting Lease Near DFW

August 8, 2017

Check out the Gary Creek Ranch, your premier hunting destination! You won’t find a better place in Central Texas to fulfill all your hunting dreams!
  • 820 Acres High Fenced 
  • 190+ Class Whitetail
  • Five Stocked Fishing Lakes
  • Seven Blinds with Corn and Protein Feeders Fed Year-Round
  • Bunk House with Comfortable Accommodations
  • All Bills and Utilities Included
  • Hour and a Half Drive from DFW

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Gonzales County Grazing Lease Bidding Has Been Extended!!

August 1, 2017

Don’t miss your opportunity to lease the PQR Ranch in Gonzales County. Check it out under current leases on our website or click HERE.

Also, don’t miss out on the opportunity to bid on the hunting rights for this ranch as well!

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SAN ANTONIO/HOUSTON/AUSTIN HUNTING/GRAZING LEASE

June 29, 2017

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION… only one hour drive from San Antonio and Austin and only two hours from Houston!The PQR Ranch is your next hunting and grazing lease in the heart of Gonzales County. Brought to you exclusively by Robinson Ranch Services, PQR offers unparalleled abundance of wildlife to enjoy with your family while providing supplemental income from your heard. Or split it up an just lease the place for hunting or just for grazing!

Check out our Current Lease Opportunities page for more information!

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NEW HUNTING LEASE OPPORTUNITY

June 11, 2017

Here’s a new Central Texas hunting lease opportunity brought to you exclusively by Robinson Ranch Services! This 820 Ac. high-fenced Bosque County lease offers dramatic scenery, professional management, impressive genetics, comfortable accommodations, and so much more. Could be a corporate hunting lease or group lease. You won’t find any other trophy genetic hunting lease this close to DFW! Click HERE for more information on how you can get your hands on this property this coming season!

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Decision time: The new farm bill

October 29, 2014

It’s been a long and drawn out process, but the new farm bill is here and rolling. Coming up soon land owners(not tenants) will have to choose 1 of 2 options in perpetuity (or until they change it all again)

Stay tuned for updates and how I can help you choose which option is best for you and your farm

 

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Agriculture Land Management

May 5, 2014

First, let me say that I’m sorry its been so long since we have made a blog post. We have been extremely busy!

Anyway, I wanted to talk for a minute about a service we offer that isn’t very well represented on the web-site. It is, however, a part of what makes us, well, us.

Farm and ranch land is changing hands at an alarming rate these days. More people are putting resources into farm and ranch land as an investment opportunity than ever before. Good for them as its been returning great profits!

What does Ag land management entail? Well, mostly its consists of lease negotiation and tenant compatibility. It also consists of vetting out and assisting with government programs.

Are the things being done with the land in the best interest of the owners/investors? Is the tenant paying market value for the lease? Are the practices being done in a workman like manor? Are they being good stewards of the land?Are the government programs that are being implemented in the best interest of the owners over the long term or just this tenant?

Tenants will always do whats in their best interest first. Let me bore you with a quick story. We picked up a ranch in N Texas that was recently acquired by a new ownership group. They asked my firm to assist them in making sure the current price of the lease was in line with what they could get on the open the market. They also wanted to know our thoughts on the “shape” of the land and if their new investment was in good hands. So, I went to take a look and start negotiations with the tenant, who, was not paying full market value for the land. During my investigations into the property I discovered that the tenant was receiving a direct payment from the government on the land. Which is completely legal mind you, but that needed to be negotiated in to the price. We got it all squared away for them and everyone is happy. Well, the tenant might not be so happy as he is paying what the land it worth now, but we did our job. If you hire us, we have a fiduciary duty to you and no one else. We will make sure you are taken care of.

So, who is taking care of your investment? There are a few national companies that have been around forever that try to help make sure investors and owners are getting the most bang for their buck. Others might rely on a friend, neighbor, or even a current tenant to help them. To that I say, well, I really hope that is working out for them and they are not being taken advantage of.

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Our Signature Service: Ranch and Land Management

March 11, 2013

Since the spring is upon us and I will be getting very busy for the next few months with calves, planting, consulting, management, ect I thought I would take time today and explain what I call our signature service and also what makes us “tick”.

When I started this company I had a few ideas in mind. The first and foremost was to bring a certain level of education and customer service to an area that is undeserved. The second and most interesting was ranch and/or land management. This is the service (among the many that we offer) that I think about the most. My company from start to finish was designed and set up to actively manage multiple ranches.

I would like to highlight a few of the reasons why this is not only biggest part of my business, but also the service in which we excel.

There are literally hundreds of decisions to make on a ranch at any given time. Take into account a “new” place, whether new to you or undeveloped land, and you take that “hundreds” number and times it by 1000! What we excel in is being able to see and understand customers’ vision and goals and develop the appropriate action plan. I should note that I have one of the best consultants on my staff in Dr. Bill Golden. See web-site for bio. We are also very good in being able to adapt our planning. What I mean is, you can have the best plans but if you can’t adapt and change to the environment, economy, market(s) et all, you have less of a chance to be successful.

Organization:

My friends jokingly call me OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) which is a serious condition and shouldn’t be made fun of or taken lightly. While I don’t suffer from OCD I do pride myself in being a highly organized individual. I take that personality trait and apply it our business. I want to share a quick story with you. I was asked by a ranch owner to come out and speak with him and to do some day labor. I went out and met him, took notes all day and worked for 2 more. I was mowing, cutting brush, burning, and using his tractor to clean up his place. At the end of the second day he fired me. I was broken until he told me that my talents were being “wasted cutting brush”. He then hired a full time hand and hired my company to manage his ranch. I asked him how he came to this conclusion and he said “This place has needed a guy like you for a long time”. “You will keep this highly organized, which is what it needs”. -I like cutting brush BTW.

I keep all our records safe and secure and backed up to online server that uses bank level security. This enables me to keep your ranch running at maximum efficiency, but it also gives me the ability to go back and see what we’ve done, when, and how, allowing us to use your time and resources in the most profitable manor.

Daily tasks:

Whether we hire our guys and place them on your ranch, or we oversee your hired hands, we make sure people are being utilized to their skill set. One of the first things I did when I decided to set up this company was to try to place myself in your (the ranch owners) shoes. I also spoke to many ranch owners in our area to see what challenges they faced. I thought about what would keep me up at night. Since most of the ranch owners in my area are absentee, the first thing that popped in my head was “are my hired employee’s staying on task”? Are the hired hands doing their work? Are they using my resources for their benefit? Are they taking a cut of the contract work? These questions would weigh on me if I were in your shoes. So, I decided this would be an area of focus for us. We developed an organization schedule, a daily task log if you will. I use it on most of the places I oversee. Most of the time it’s as simple as taking notes and e-mailing them to the ranch owner. Sometimes it more complex. Either way, staying on task and using your dollars in the appropriate way is important to us.

Doing the work:

Every ranch really is unique. It has its own characteristics, resources, goals, and planning that are inherent to it. No two ranches are alike. I won’t bore you with ALL the things we do on ranches across our area, but I will give you few examples of what we do. On 1 ranch we feed the horses, miniature donkeys (cute little girls), and take care of the cattle. On another we plant crops and hay. On another we take care of the wildlife, feeders, food plots, ect. On yet another we cut brush and make improvements, build fence, and mow the lawn. On another ranch we do all the consulting, where to put roads, homes, barns, working pens, ect. Finally we also manage a ranch and just sell hunts off it for the land owner. My point is this: there isn’t a task that is too small or too large to handle.

Lastly let me give you a little insight into how I think. There are lots of things I don’t know. While I will strive to achieve anything you can dream when it comes to your ranch, I have no problem telling you “I don’t know”. There are certain times, daily, when I don’t know how to answer a question, or how to proceed with a plan. At that point I will use all my time and resources to think through the issue. I believe that the best trait in a person is his or hers ability to say I don’t know instead of faking it and acting like they do. This gets more people and ranch managers into trouble than I can count. I make it a point to simply tell you what I can and cannot do. It doesn’t do either of us any good to lie about what we can, or cannot, do.

With our consulting services, land planning, contracting, and management we feel like we have all your needs covered. We would love to speak to you about how we might mutually benefit from working together. Give us a call and let’s talk about it.

 

Thank you for reading

 

Allen Robinson

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Time for Spring Calves!

February 13, 2013

Getting ready for spring calving

It’s been a mild winter in our area this year and as the spring approaches one thing is on a lot of our minds. Calves! Mine are due in the next 30-60 days. So, to avoid any undue pressure, let’s get the things we are going to need ready now! We like to work all our cows about 10 days after the last one has had a calf so we can cut(or band) our little bulls and give them all their shots. Here is just a quick reminder about what you may need.

Check list: Bands for the bander, antiseptic, 8 way shots, syringes, wormer-pour on kind, ear tags, tagger in working order, bander in working order, Colostrum just in case the cow won’t take the calf, antibiotic shot for cut bulls, and antibiotic shot for any sick cows. Tetanus shot after banding or cutting calves, chutes in good working order, help available.

I am probably missing some here, but that’s the point. Start thinking about what you need now, so there aren’t surprises when it’s go time.

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Growing Hay versus Buying Hay

January 1, 2013

Last year one of my clients was faced with a dilemma. Should he try to grow hay, or buy it. For large ranch owners it seems most prefer to grow it because they have a multi-operational ranch and are not just raising cattle. In my area most of the large land owners are absentee. So, as I did with him; lets break it down:

First consider the costs of planting haygrazer (Which is my favorite to feed)

A bag of seed that weighs 50 pounds costs approx. 50 dollars for the good stuff. Cost per acre: $20

Fertilizer: I did a cost comparison of fertilizer with all the local feed stores. The average costs per ton was approx. $500. The mix was around 25-10-5. N/P/K. At 200# per acre, your per acre costs is: $50 dollars

So that’s it right? Nope. How many bales per acre can you get? What does it costs to have me or another custom hay baler to come cut it? What about tractor time and diesel?

Let’s assume your ranch has a field tractor and a drill. Figure 10 dollars per acre in soil prep.

Let’s also assume it’s a “normal” year for rain and you figure 2 bales per acre.

And let’s assume you are going to have a custom hay baler (such as myself) come cut, rake, and bale your hay. Price per bale: $21 with a 2 bale per acre minimum = $42 Dollars

Your field you want to plant is 50 acres, so you are hoping for 100 bales of hay.

Let’s add it all up: Total costs: 500(Seed)+2500(Fert)+500(Tractor)+2100(Baling) =5,600/50acres =112/2(bales per acre) = 56 dollars per bale sitting the field.

We bought some haygrazer this year for 65 dollars per roll. But, we had a wet spring, and there is plenty of hay available right now. Last year that same hay was over 80 dollars per bale.

The overall answer is this: There isn’t a right answer! I just wanted to show you a cost break down. If you sprig coastal and it takes, your costs go way down. My neighbor had his 35 acre field sprigged at 180 dollars per acre and it failed. Ouch! We will cover this later. But for now, be thinking about what your spring time plan is. Thanks for reading.

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Welcome to Robinson Ranch Services.

September 3, 2012

Our New Website is live. We will be posting some great tips and news stories relating to ranching and ranch care. Please check our feed frequently to keep up with the latest information.

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