Listing of the Week: Shouse Goliad Ranch

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A true heritage property, being part of the historic O’Connor Ranch established after the Texas Revolutionary War. The Shouse Ranch is a diverse working property southeast of Goliad, Texas, that includes miles of frontage on the San Antonio River, towering oaks, pecans and cottonwoods as well as some of the last native tallgrass prairie remaining in Texas. The properties are all very well-watered, cross fenced and include multiple improvements.

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The Shouse Ranch is part of the historic O’Connor ranches that has been continuously owned and operated by family members for well over a century and a half. Founded by Thomas O’Connor, who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto, the ranches grew to over 500,000 acres. Part of the legacy of this famous cattle ranch was helping to develop the cattle which ultimately became the foundation of the Santa Gertrudis breed. Currently, families of Mr. O’Connor’s descendants share ownerships of the land in different pastures. The Shouse Ranch pastures have continued the legacy of Mr. O’Connor and run a well-established cow-calf operation to this day.

River Pasture

The River Pasture is approximately 2,079 acres on the north side of Highway 239 and includes over 3.5 miles of frontage on the San Antonio River. This pasture is a rich mixture of several ecosystems, including river bottom lands with lush native grasses and towering pecans and oaks, a high ridge covered in huge live oaks and post oaks with great topography. There are expansive pastures of improved hay fields (Jiggs, Tifton and Bermuda) and native grass prairie.

The main house, built in 1993, sits on a bluff overlooking the river valley with a large lake built just below the 6,000± square-foot establishment. The home has towering ceilings with two large bedrooms, dining room, breakfast room, study and large den. There is also a foreman’s home and a good set of cattle pens. Fencing on the River Pasture is all five strand and in excellent condition with multiple pastures.

Wildlife is abundant on this pasture with white-tailed deer, turkey, dove and quail. There is also an established bald eagle nest high in a pecan tree along the river. During the winter migration, ducks, geese and sandhill cranes are found in the lake and low-lying areas that fill with water.

Water is supplied from eight water wells on the ranch (two windmills, two solar and four electric) and is well distributed among the pastures. There are also access points to the river. The San Antonio River has 3.5 miles of frontage on the ranch and runs year round. There is a 3.5-acre lake below the house and several smaller stock ponds on the ranch. The groundwater here is of excellent quality, and access to large volumes of water is very consistent in this area, with most wells being less than 300 feet.

House Prairie Pasture

Directly across the highway from the River Pasture is approximately 1,018 acres of native tallgrass prairie with mixed brush and small oak motts. This pasture is fenced into three major pastures, and each pasture has a solar well for excellent water distribution. Fences are all in excellent condition. With large ranches on three sides and quality habitat, deer, quail and dove are common on this pasture of the ranch.

Main Prairie Pasture

Two miles west of the River Pasture on the south side of Highway 239 is the Main Prairie Pasture. This pasture is approximately 3,204 acres of some of the best example of tallgrass southern prairie left in the country. The pasture includes a large equipment shed/shop/office complex, a new set of cattle pens and excellent water distribution throughout the property. This pasture is quality fenced into nine separate pastures for rotating cattle. All fences are in excellent condition with good gates and access across the entire pasture. There are three water wells in this pasture; the main well is a high-volume electric well that is piped throughout much of the ranch. There is also an electric well and a solar well located in this pasture. 

Wildlife includes excellent quail populations, good white-tailed deer numbers and excellent dove hunting. The multiple smaller ponds are covered in waterfowl during the winter. A unique feature of this part of the ranch is the voluntary work with Attwater’s Prairie Chicken. Due to the ranch’s great biological diversity that still thrives on this native tall grass prairie, the owners have collaborated with multiple government and private organizations to enhance the diversity of the prairie habitat and wildlife.  This is one of the few places left where the Attwater’s Prairie Chickens can be found.


This sale is a surface estate sale only. There are two older operating gas wells; all other wells have been plugged.

View Shouse Goliad Ranch listing on Lands of America

6,302± Acres in Goliad County • Offered at $22,055,635 • • (888) 726-2481

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