See how Nevada beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.
Located in northeastern Nevada is Maggie Creek Ranch, a ranch with a focus on sustainable practices and family. Everyone working on the ranch is raising their family there, with the intention of teaching their children about preserving the land and the wildlife. Since one third of the ranch's 200,000 acres are public lands, Jon Griggs, ranch manager, has spent years building trust and partnerships, demonstrating his dedication to treating all land with the upmost respect. Due to the ranch's location, drought and wildfires are a constant threat; however, rather than succumb to the threat, Jon and his team have been fully trained as firefighters and are part of the local volunteer fire department. With the truck they have on the ranch, the team is able to respond to initial fire outbreaks and thus protect the land to a much higher degree. Improving the watershed is another priority of Maggie Creek Ranch. They have fenced out cattle from riparian areas, improved the natural habitats and installed fish passages to help protect local trout and other endangered species. For their work in protecting this land, Maggie Creek Ranch was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).
"When you're talking about cattle, you're talking about a love of land. When you talk about my family you're talking about a love of land. It's a complete circle of family, land and cattle" - Bekah Klarr, Maggie Creek Ranch
For the Pommerenings, ranching is a family affair. Currently, four generations help with the family cow-calf operation, located in the heart of western Nevada. For them, ranching is at the center of all family time. And when you consider that their family motto is "#cowsfirst", that comes as no surprise. Just like other ranching families in Nevada and the west, the Pommerenings use age-old tradition with modern practices to provide the best care for their livestock, and produce the most high-quality beef for you.
Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way by using the latest technology and resources. Today, there are more than 480,000 cattle and over 1,600 cattle farms and ranches in Nevada. Learn more about Nevada's beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.
Nevada is the nation’s epicenter for Cowboy Poetry. Every January, cowboys, ranchers and enthusiasts make their way to Elko, Nevada for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. While the modern gathering began in 1985, some say there was a cowboy poetry event in Elko back in 1926.