The Serene Beauty of a Sustainable Montana Cattle Ranch

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

The Perennial Platea series about sustainable eating, travels to Montana to visit the 30,000-acre J Bar L ranch, which specializes in humanely raised, grass-fed cattle. Bryan Ulring, the general manager of the ranch, explains that grazing buffalo (American bison) used to help the ecosystem regenerate; now, the ranch herds cattle in similar patterns. The surrounding landscape is so gorgeous that the ranch doubles as an exclusive resort, where guests help wrangle animals. The Perennial Plate is produced by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine

Klein and Fine have traveled across the country to document sustainable agriculture and cuisine, but they say this spot was special:

Almost halfway through our journey, we found a place where it would be easy to never leave. The beauty of Montana is stunning, and the approach to ranching at J Bar L is inspiring. Situated on 30,000 acres in one of the most important wild life corridors in the country, this ranch tries to replicate the bison's role in this habitat. The result is an area packed with wildlife, fertile soil as well as a healthy and delicious meat. AND the folks who run this place touched our hearts and became our friends.

More episodes from the series can be found on the Atlantic Video channel here.

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