Welcome to J Bar S Ranch! We hope you come and visit us in person to experience our world-class selection of bison steaks, burgers, and roasts. In the meantime, you can purchase gift packages online using our simple order form. Please use the links below to find out more about our company and our unique operation here in the heart of Mendocino County, as well as the history of bison and bison ranching in North America.
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.
Instead of getting more bison at our current ranch, we have recently expanded by acquiring another ranch altogether! We happily purchased the Red Canyon Ranch in Wyoming and are happy to incorporate it into the J Bar S Ranch family!
Meanwhile, on our piece of paradise here in Mendocino, we make our living more traditionally than most, and we are happy to share a small taste of that with all of you. We offer the finest, most delicious bison steaks, burgers, and roasts. Also, we have plenty of barbeque sauce, as well as souvenirs here in our store. You can also visit our simple online form to order select bison gift packages available for delivery.
We are proud members of the National Bison Association, the Western Bison Association (where we serve on the board), the Rocky Mountain Bison Association, and the Dakota Territories Bison Association.
The next best thing to being here in person, take a virtual tour to experience the J Bar S Ranch! With this fantastic photography, you’ll gain just a little insight into our daily routine and all the work that goes into maintaining this way of life and our ranch in particular.
Click through our pictures to see the expanse of our beautiful property, some of our store and ranch facilities, and (of course) the majestic bison.
The modern bison industry grew out of the need and desire to save the species from extinction. As bison were rapidly disappearing from the wild, a few ranchers and conservationists decided to take action. It’s estimated that less than 1,000 bison existed prior to 1900 before efforts were made to preserve and restore the species.
In The Press
A home where the bison roam — California Bountiful Magazine
J Bar S Ranch raises buffalo for sale locally and around county — Ukiah Daily Journal