Defining Traditional Farming 

Thompson Family ~ Niman Ranch Farmers.

Until a few decades ago, it would have been unthinkable to raise livestock in crowded factory settings, artificially boosting the animals’ weight by giving them a daily ration of antibiotics or collecting liquefied manure in polluting waste lagoons.  Unfortunately, these have become common agricultural practices.


At Niman Ranch we are proud to support the largest network of U.S. family farmers and ranchers – 700 and growing.  We believe that family owned operations have a greater stake in their livestock and their land.  Our farmers and ranchers raise livestock outdoors or in deeply bedded pens.  This outdoor environment allows the animals to express their natural instinctive behaviors.  Niman Ranch animals are free to root and roam as nature intended.  Animal waste is used as fertilizer on crops that are frequently rotated to help ensure the health of the soil and prevent soil erosion.  Many of these best management farming and ranching practices have been used for generations. 


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