With a moniker like “The Cowboy State,” it’s no secret Agriculture plays a proud and prominent role in Wyoming. According to the state’s Department of Agriculture, Wyoming is one of a few states who has added agricultural lands in recent years, and ranks first in the nation for average farm/ranch land mass. The USDA/NASS statistics for 2017 show Wyoming was home to 1,307,731 cattle and generated over $1.1 billion in sales that year. Click on images for extended stories.
The Geis Cattle & Sheep Ranch near Gillette is one of Campbell County’s longtime family ranches, owned by Gerry and Gwen, and Kevin and Bobbi Geis. The ranch is about 30,000 leased and owned acres on rolling hills and runs approximately 350 cow/calf pairs of Angus cattle and 2,000 sheep.
The Bush Family Ranch was settled over 120 years ago near Ten Sleep. In addition to cattle, the ranch is home to wildlife- including elk, antelope, mule deer, and bear. In 1975 the Bushes established Boxelder Outfitting, allowing a few hunters a year to harvest trophy mule deer on the ranch.