Nelson Family Ranch

Business Type: Producer

Olympia, WA

    • Nelson Family Ranch
    • Olympia, WA

About Us

Our family-run farm has been providing quality grass-fed cattle to our community for 150 years, raised by experienced and knowledgeable cattlemen and women. All our cattle are free of additives, chemicals, antibiotics and growth hormones.

Customers may purchase quarters, halves or individual cuts.

Our objective is to provide natural ranch raised beef, the kind that our family has thrived on for five generations.  All of our cattle are born on the prairies of South Thurston County in the spring and range free on our acreage.

Growing & Operating Practices

We believe in being responsible stewards of the land and using sustainable, humane methods. Our sustainable methods include “rotational grazing” along the lush meadows of the Deschutes River, which not only allows us to maintain healthy pastures but also allows our cattle to graze on the most nutrient rich part of the grass.

As much as possible, we try to minimize the stress of the animals during harvest. Our animals are always transported with another animal. They are transported by a member of our family, less than 10 miles from our home so there is minimal travel stress. They are delivered to a farm where no more than 15 animals are processed on a given day. All harvests are USDA Inspected.

Additionally, we have work with Natural Resources Conservation Service, a division of the Department of Agriculture, to improve our impact on the environment by voluntarily building fences along the river, updating our irrigation system, and further limiting the animals access to the river by adding several watering troughs. We also updated our drainage in our barns and added a manure storage facility.

Our Products

  • Locally Raised, Harvested, Grown
    • Meat & Poultry
      • Beef

Our Services

  • Educational Experiences
    • Classes
    • Tours