Jumpoff Buffalo Ranch

July 23, 2019

Jumpoff Buffalo Ranch, near Buffalo, SD, is owned by Scott and Susan Peterson, and managed by Cody Kloeckl.

Jumpoff Buffalo Ranch manager, Cody Kloeckl

Ranch Location:

Jumpoff Buffalo Ranch is located Harding County, SD, the heart of buffalo country. The ranch name derives from the expansive mud buttes and landmark mini badlands known as The Jumpoff.

Year you started in the buffalo industry:

Our first animals, 150 heifer calves, were purchased in 1997.

Genetic influences:

Our herd originated from the Slim Buttes Buffalo Ranch herd. We purchased our first heifer calves from Slim Buttes in 1997. Our current bull battery consists of bulls that have come from performance tested and genetically proven production animals. Approximately 80% of our breeding bull sires have been purchased through the DTBA Young Guns Yearling Bull Challenge program.

Special attributes and awards:

Jumpoff Buffalo Ranch has been the recipient of many awards and our animals have placed everywhere they have been shown, including the Western Bison Association Wild West Stampede Show and Sale, the National Bison Association Gold Trophy Show and Sale and the Dakota Territory Buffalo Association Black Hills Buffalo Classic Show and Sale. Additionally, we were a $10,000 DTBA Reality Based Carcass Class winner with our bull entry and named the Black Hills Buffalo Classic Producer of the Year in 2013. Purchasers of our animals continue to show genetic success within their programs.

Why we have chosen to enter the DTBA Performance Classes:

We have continually purchased the top bulls in the Black Hills Buffalo Classic Young Guns Yearling Breeding Bull Challenge since its inception. This has helped to build a solid genetic base in our herd with results showing in our calf weaning weights and in our feeder animal gains.

Jumpoff Buffalo Ranch competes in the DTBA challenge classes because it’s a proven program with tangible results. The challenge programs have improved numerous ranches by infusing their herds with animals that have great genetic potential.