The Niman Ranch Story

Hamilton Brother's Ranch ~ Rio Vista, CA.


Niman Ranch began in the early 1970s on an eleven acre ranch in a small coastal town just north of San Francisco. The cattle were raised using traditional, humane husbandry methods and given wholesome all-natural feeds. Before long, Niman Ranch beef became a favorite in local grocery stores and at San Francisco Bay Area restaurants.

Paul Willis on his free range hog farm! Take the tour!

In 1995, Niman Ranch was introduced to Paul Willis, of Thornton Iowa.  He was working to revitalize sustainable hog farming methods in the Midwest. Paul's commitment to raising hogs in a humane, old-fashioned way matched Niman Ranch's principles. Niman Ranch was now able to proudly offer beef, pork and lamb.

Today, the Niman Ranch network has grown to include over 700 independent American farmers and ranchers. Whether they’re raising hogs, cattle or lamb, they all share Niman Ranch's dedication to the strictest protocols and the belief that all-natural, humane and sustainable methods produce the best possible flavor.

  •  Humanely Raised by the Largest Network of U.S. Family Farmers and Ranchers
  •  Never Given Antibiotics or Added Hormones – Ever
  •  Fed Only the Finest All Vegetarian Feeds