Jerry Doan runs Black Leg Ranch with his wife Renae and three sons Jeremy, Jay, and Jayce. They utilize Holistic management, planned rotational grazing, and no-till farming to regenerate their natural resources including wildlife.
Black leg Ranch was homesteaded in 1882 when Jerry’s Great Grandfather came from Canada to what was then Dakota Territory. He brought the first Black Angus cattle to the area in 1930, providing for the name Black Leg Ranch.
Jerry graduated from Bismarck State College with a degree in agri-business, North Dakota State University with a degree in animal science, and the Allan Savory Holistic Management School. The ranch goals include multi-generational transition along with bringing profitability back while improving the quality of life.
The Doan’s have stacked complementary enterprises onto the ranch including custom grazing, Rolling Plains Adventures; a hunting outfitting business, Black Leg Events; an agri-tourism business, Black Leg Brewery, and Black leg Meats; offering grass finished beef and buffalo under the Audubon Conservation Bird Friendly Program.
The Doan’s goal in the added ventures is to spread a positive message about Agriculture to the consuming public.
Black Leg Ranch has won many awards including the Burleigh County Soil Health Award, the inaugural Aldo Leopold Conservation Award, The North Dakota Environmental Stewardship Award, The Region Seven Environmental Stewardship Award, and the National Environmental Stewardship Award.
Areas of expertise are:
- Goal Setting/Decision Making
- Economics of Grazing Management
- Grazing Management/Rotations
- Livestock Movement
- Water Development/Placement
- Livestock as a Management Tool
- Grazing Lands for Wildlife
- Cover Crops
- Grass Finishing
- Winter Grazing Strategies