About Niman Ranch 

Our Mission

Niman Ranch and its network of U.S. family farmers and ranchers raise livestock humanely and sustainably to deliver the finest tasting meat in the world.

  • Network of Small, Independent U.S Family Farmers

    We work with one of the largest networks of small, independent U.S. family farmers and ranchers – 740 and growing.

  • Sustainable and Humane Agricultural Practices

    All our animals are raised outdoors or in deeply bedded pens. We lead the industry in sustainable and humane agricultural practices.

  • Strict Animal Welfare Protocols

    Our raising protocols were developed with the help of animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin, and are among the strictest in the industry.

  • No Antibiotics or Added Hormones - EVER

    Our animals are never given antibiotics or added hormones – EVER and are only fed a high-quality, 100% vegetarian diet.

  • The Finest Tasting Meat

    We offer a complete line of Certified Humane® fresh beef, pork, lamb and a variety of smoked and uncured meats.

Our History

Niman Ranch started in the early 1970s on a family-owned cattle ranch in Bolinas, CA, a small coastal town just north of San Francisco. Back then, our cattle were Raised with Care® using traditional, humane methods with wholesome, all-natural feeds – the same way we raise them today. The buzz about our great tasting beef spread quickly and, before long, our burgers and steaks became favorites in local grocery stores and popular San Francisco Bay area restaurants.

In 1995, we expanded to raising hogs when we met farmer Paul Willis of Thornton, Iowa. At the time, Paul was busy revitalizing sustainable hog farming methods in the Midwest, moving away from the common industrial practices. His dedication to animal welfare and stewardship of the land closely matched our stringent principles. A partnership was quickly formed, allowing us to proudly offer a variety of proteins.

Today, our network includes more than 740 family farmers and ranchers throughout the country. Whether they’re raising hogs, cattle or lamb, they all share our commitment to raising livestock under strict protocols and the belief that humane and sustainable methods produce the best possible flavor.

Our many years in the industry have provided us with the expertise to produce great tasting meat, authentically and consciously, by caring for our animals, the land and our farmers.

Our mission is earnest: We raise livestock traditionally, humanely and sustainably to produce the finest tasting meat in the world.

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