On my way home from school for Christmas break, my friend and I drove by a beautiful ranch. We had heard that the son of the owners of the Sorensen Ranch was coming to our school the next semester. As I looked at the beautifully maintained and idealistically situated ranch, I prophesied in jest that I was going to marry this guy. Well, I ended up marrying Jared Sorensen 6 months later. It has been a remarkable blessing and we have had an amazing journey of love and learning ever since.
Nevada is Much More than a Desert
Growing up in the deserts of Nevada has given me a great appreciation for anything green. The lush valleys along the Ruby Mountains are the best-kept secret of all time. Driving the long lonely roads of Nevada gives you the feeling that it is one big barren desert. If you’re ever blessed to take an alternate route along the foothills you will find lush meadows and beautiful ranches. With minimal rainfall and elevations up to 11,000 feet, we rely on runoff from the snow for irrigating. Flood irrigation has made the valleys a goldmine of grass.
Over 50 Years of Ranching Experience
Jared’s Grandpa, Loyd Sorensen, purchased a large sheep and cattle ranch and moved his family to Elko County in the mid 1940’s. Working for a family member in Southern Utah where he grew up he was able to build his sheep herd by taking sheep for pay. During the Great Depression he used his savings to purchase additional stock in the depressed live stock market. He and his family spent several years in White Pine County before moving to Elko. His management philosophy; “Take good care of the range and livestock and they will take good care of you” ensured that the precious forage resources were abundant even in drought years. The business grew and expanded. Loyd relied on his son, Von, for his management expertise and excellent work ethic and the two became business partners. Loyd helped Jared to become involved in the operation in the late 1980’s when he transferred to him his interest in the sheep enterprise. Loyd did not believe in retirement and rode into his early 90’s. He was known to be outspoken in his beliefs about property rights and freedoms. His legacy lives on now into the 4th generation of Sorensen ranchers.
Nurturing the Land for Healthier Beef
The Sorensens have continually adjusted their practices as needed to be good stewards and to generate a profit in an ever-changing market. Jared is carrying these same principles forward and continues to adjust and improve upon the stewardship he has been given. He puts a high priority on education and implementing holistic management. Through this learning process he has come to understand the importance of microbiology and the role it plays in the health of the land. The practices he is implementing are increasing the grass yield and quality. These efforts result in nutrient-packed, nourishing foods for your family’s enjoyment and benefit.