Meet Tom and Coleen Schulz the 3rd generation from Buffalo Coulee Ranch. Coleen grew up here on the ranch working with her family in dairy, farming and cattle. Tom grew up a few short miles from the
ranch doing the same and working many a hour with his family caring for the cattle and farm. With many stories of the old days of working in the milk rooms to hauling hay with a wagon and team of horses there is much experience in the business of living the ranching and farming life.
It wasn’t until 1999 when they decided to take the plunge and get into the Bison business, after raising cattle and farming it would be a new venture to bring history back to the ranch. Old wooden coral fences that were built by grandpas from the past were taken down and replaced with heavy iron to contain the power of the new animals. 800 new wood fence posts were put in and 14 miles of new barbwire was run along the coulees hills with many hours of labor to ensure the animals would stay close to home. A new handling system was added of iron built chutes and separating pens and in 2002 with prices low it encouraged them to feed the years calves. At present date this ranch runs about 70 cows, 5 bulls, yearlings in the pens and yearly calves. With retirement not in the near future, this life has turned out to be an amazing adventure.
Meet Darren and Ruth McLachlan. Ruth grew up on the Ranch with her parents Tom and Coleen and her Grandparents. Growing up on the Ranch Ruth was taught the ethics of working hard and lending a hand, working at times side by side with her parents as they farmed and ranched. Darren grew up in Bismarck and learned some of the farm life while working with his dad on a small farm just outside of Wilton ND. Throughout his years Darren has worked in many different fields from Aviation mechanics to his current position of a Power Plant Operator. The skills and values he was taught and acquired have been very valuable at the ranch. In 2006 20 head of bison were purchased and incorporated into the main herd and in 2014 the move was made from a life in MN to live and help in operations at the ranch. Ruth currently is running some of the business, social media, website and ranch hand duties with Darren working full time at Great River Energy and also helping in day to day operations.