Banner photo 1 by Ronnie and Ciska Holtslag Banner photo 3 by Stephen Weaver
he Zapata Ranch is home to working bison and cattle operations that are managed separately on different areas of the ranch. The bison herd is maintained as a “conservation species,” roaming freely in a 50,000 acre pasture much as they did for millennia before being hunted to near extinction in the nineteenth century.
The cattle operation consists of a small third party cow-calf grazing business and a herd of Ranchlands’ yearlings that graze on the Zapata when weather and forage conditions permit. A sustainable livestock business is dependent on healthy land, and so we strive to manage the land in a way that mimics the natural grazing patterns that have existed for thousands of years in high desert grasslands.
Our livestock operations supply meat for commercial markets as well as for grass fed/finished markets, and through private treaty. Much of our beef is sold through our own grass fed beef label, Lasater Grasslands Beef.