Environmental Stewardship

The values of preservation, conservation, sustainability and quality animal care and husbandry are not just the current fad for Connolly Ranch, but the fundamental way we do business.  Throughout our long history, we have worked to be good stewards of the land and the herd, believing that ranchers and conservationists are natural allies.  Improving land and habitat management practices is an ongoing endeavor for us.

Tule Elk

Using herd size limits, rotational grazing, management of natural water sources and fencing, we work to prevent over grazing and protect environmentally sensitive areas.  Over the years, we have participated in several wildlife habitat, range land management and animal care projects and programs with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of California researchers and more. Some of the programs include:

  • UC Santa Cruz Golden Eagle Habitat study
  • UC Davis Pajahuello Tick Research project
  • UC Berkeley Professor Robert C. Stebbins – Vertebrate Zoology Fields Studies

Connolly Ranch established the first conservation easement in San Joaquin County for the endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox.  We also participate in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Private Lands Management Program for the management of a herd of Tule Elk completing numerous monitoring and habitat enhancement projects for the herd.

Responsible and Humane Animal Management Practices

We bring the same values to management of our Black Angus cattle herd. Cattle are kept on the open range where they graze naturally on the grasslands.  Current veterinary and animal practice guidelines are followed to ensure cattle are healthy, well cared for and humanely treated. Cattle are not kept in any type of feed lot and are not given growth hormones, implants, or antibiotics, or fed any corn or grain to finish them. The calves grow and mature as nature dictates on the open range until they are sold.

Cattle Herd Management Program