Established in 1979, Star B Bison Ranch and Hop Farm in Ramona, CA is one of the most recognized Bison ranches in the nation, selling top quality Bison breeding stock and producing 100% grass fed Bison meat. Star B Ranch is also Southern California's first and largest commercial hop farm, providing the growing craft brewery industry with San Diego grown hops. For over 35 years and spanning four generations, the Star B Ranch family has been committed to responsible stewardship of the 1200 acre property and we warmly welcome you to our website.
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In 1989, Star B Ranch won the coveted Grand Champion Trophy from the National Bison Association's Gold Trophy Show and Sale in Denver, Colorado. Judged the best two year old Bison Bull in the nation, Star B Ranch has continued to invest in top quality breeding stock offering some of the best Bison on the market in the Western United States.
When the Boeckmann family acquired the 1050 acre property in 1979, they were challenged with creating an agribusiness that would offset the operating costs as well as develop the ranch as a family retreat. The task was given to his daughter, Denice, and her husband, Ken, who had already moved onto the ranch along with their children. With extensive research into horses, cattle, farming, and exotic animals
they decided that American Bison offered great opportunity for the family to get involved with a new and growing industry and to promote the healthy qualities of Buffalo meat. The history of the American Buffalo is a great attraction and with many people having interest in leaner and better quality meats, the choice to start a Buffalo ranch turned out to be an excellent idea!
Both being native Southern California baby boomers, Ken and Denice had a lot to learn about Buffalo ranching and the Buffalo meat business. In 1980, Star B Buffalo Ranch was started. Ken and Denice built the business into one of the most recognized Buffalo ranches in the nation.
The ranch has grown to 1200 acres and in 2008 their daughter Amie became a part of the ranch management team, decided to expand the ranching activities and to start a hop farm to supply the growing Southern California craft brewing business with locally grown hops. Currently, Star B Hop Farm is the largest commercial hop farm in San Diego County and is continually expanding to accommodate a growing demand for "San Diego Grown" hops.