2020 Excellence in Range Management

Schmidt Family Ranch & Peterson
Land and Cattle Company

Three ranches in South San Benito county


The family was recognized for outstanding ranch management and land stewardship practices across distances and generations. The Schmidt cousins own three ranches in south San Benito county, covering 6,800 acres. Two of the ranches are adjacent to Pinnacles National Park. The family has been in business since the late 1880’s. The Schmidt Family Ranch and PLLC represent a complex family arrangement with all three ranches owned by six cousins and their families even though most live in nearby counties. The Schmidt cousins have worked tirelessly to keep their land intact, through estate planning and ongoing family communication that includes a weekly newsletter. Their long-term goal is to maintain the ranch as a whole, so future generations can continue the lifestyle, traditions, and land stewardship they all love.

Range Manager
of The Year

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