Beaverhead Ranch covers approximately 345,000 acres in southwest Montana. It stretches along a 90-mile road from Dillon to the Idaho border, then east to Yellowstone Park. The ranch is home to nearly 7,000 cow/calf pairs of a variety of breeds, along with a large variety of wildlife including wild game, land and water fowl, large and small mammals, fish and plant life.
In addition, the ranch is home to 15 employee families. Located just 10 miles south of Dillon, the headquarters doubles as a gathering place for family get-togethers and as a bus stop for the local school.
We use a rest-rotation grazing plan that promotes biodiversity and healthier grazing. As a result, the ranch can support 8 percent more cattle while using 25 percent less supplemental feed, and does not risk overgrazing, damaging or abusing the grazing lands. Grazing cattle utilizes one of this country’s most abundant, natural and renewable resources. It is also beneficial in many other ways, such as limiting fuel for wildfires, preventing overgrowth and providing excellent habitats for the wildlife that share our ranch.
With over 3,000 acres of irrigated hay pivots, hay production is another working component of Beaverhead Ranch. The pivots surround the main headquarters on the north end of the ranch, and in addition to providing winter feed and grazing, they add to the breathtaking beauty of the ranch.
We pride ourselves on being good stewards of the land. In 1998, Beaverhead Ranch was honored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association with its esteemed National Environmental Stewardship Award. The goal of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program is to acknowledge producers who go the extra mile when it comes to preserving and enhancing the resources on their land.
In 2002, Beaverhead became the first ranch in the United States to receive Wildlife at Work certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council for outstanding natural resource management initiatives. It remains the only ranching operation in the U.S. to hold this certification.
The Montana Preservation Alliance honored Beaverhead with its 2007 Preservation Excellence Award for preserving the historic character of its buildings. Interior walls that had to be replaced were kept, including one with signatures of cowboys dating back to the 1880s.
- National Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award from the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
- Corporate Environmental Excellence Award from the National Association for Environmental Management
- Regional Administrator’s Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8