Thursday, February 21, 2013


Hereford in Meadow
Lazy J2 Ranch
Patagonia, AZ

Rancher Sidney Spencer had a dream as a child that she would one day own her grandmothers ranch where she spent a great deal of her childhood playing the expansive grasslands of the San Rafael Valley south of Patagonia, AZ. Her dreams came true but not as most would think. She did not inherit the 7,000 acre ranch as some would think. It already had been sold by 1953.

Sidney Spencer purchase the ranch section by section a labor of love which started in 1995. After suffering a head injury, the wall street savvy and marketing/advertising executive, had to take a different turn. She refocused on her dream and working and executing a different plan, the purchase of the Lazy J2 ranch. It took years of toil but by 2001 she made her dream come true.

While she started ranching with 20 head of cattle, she now ranches 200 head of strictly grass fed cattle. These hoofed guests consume on their own acres and drink about 35 gallons per day of the sweet water per day. They feast and dine on the over one hundred grasses found on the range and grow to weigh in between 1,200 to 1,600 lbs. before they are humanely killed and make their way to local farmer's markets and homes that want organic beef.

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