Located just outside of Ukiah, CA, in the rugged hills of Mendocino County off of Highway 20, the land that now makes up the J Bar S Ranch began as a 57-acre purchase in 1966. In subsequent years, the ranch’s borders gradually expanded and now stand at right around 700 acres. It encompasses beautiful hills, oak trees, and (of course) dozens and dozens of bison!
Seeing the unique opportunity and niche in the marketplace, our bison operations began in 1986. As the story goes, we started with a cow, a calf, and a bull. Soon we made it to 10, and then 20. Through careful breeding practices and purchasing new blood, we steadily grew both our herd and our profitability through the years. Eventually, we made it to over 100 bison, but that was a little too much work for our ranch hands as well as ourselves! Nowadays, we typically have between 75 and 80 bison—a perfect, sustainable amount for a ranch of our size.