ESAP 2023

North Dakota

See how North Dakota beef farmers and ranchers are rethinking the ranch to raise sustainable beef through land-saving, wildlife-preserving, and award-winning environmental efforts.


North Dakota farm honored for outstanding environmental stewardship

Bartholomay Kattle Kompany lies on the Sheyenne Delta on the edge of the Red River Valley in southeastern North Dakota. The cow-calf operation encompasses just over 4,000 acres, which includes areas of cropland, hayland, native range and pasture. The Bartholomay family constructed a hoop barn to keep rainwater and runoff away from the feedlot and manure, and they use manure to fertilize crops and improve soil health. Understanding the importance of soil conservation, the family implemented no-till farming practices to grow corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and sunflowers in their crop rotation system. In addition, the Bartholomay’s willingness to allow research projects on their land is a testament to their dedication to progressive, environmentally friendly farming and ranching management practices. They also host numerous research and education tours and are always happy to share their experiences with visitors.

"We take care of the land so that it can take care of us." - Keith Bartholomay, Bartholomay Kattle Kompany

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Clark Price

Meet North Dakota rancher, Clark Price of Washburn, North Dakota. Established in 1900, Clark represents the 4th generation of his family on their ranch, followed by his son Brennan who represents the 5th generation. Along with raising corn, soybeans and wheat, Clark also provides services to area farmers and ranchers through his two agriculture retail stores. Clark, Brennan and all of the Price team pay close attention to the care of their cattle, pasture and cropland. The land involved is one of their most valuable resources and is managed with great care.

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Black Leg Ranch

raising beef in north dakota

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 1.9 million cattle and over 18,000 cattle farms and ranches in North Dakota. Learn more about the beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate in The Roughrider State.

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popular North Dakota-inspired recipes

Beef Top Sirloin and Potato Kabobs


Use the microwave and the grill to expedite the cooking process for these tasty beef and potato kabobs.

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Wrangler's Beef Chili

Wrangler's beef chili

Serve this classic chili atop whole wheat noodles and offer kids a variety of toppings.

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north dakota fact

North Dakota leads the nation in the production of numerous commodities including beans, canola, flax-seed, honey, oats, peas, and wheat.