Wilsey Ranch is a family owned and operated ranch in Idaho over 50-years-old and founded by fourth generation ranchers. Debby and late husband of 45 years Ed, purchased the ranch located in the Owyhee Mountains. Debby now operates the ranch with her daughters Lisa, Rachel and daughter Hayden. In 2010, Debby was recognized for many water projects, no till planting, and pasture rotation as Owyhee County Conservationist of the Year.
Debby is also a founding member of The Boise Farmers Market that prides itself in being a producers market. Debby’s family ranched on Kidder Ridge in Idaho County where she learned her expertise of calving and animal husbandry. She is the head organizer, wild cow milker, heifer calving guru, and also creates the best huckleberry cheesecake around.
After graduation, Lisa studied Culinary Arts at Boise State and after many years in the restaurant field decided that producing rather than creating was the place to be. On the ranch, she holds the role of a little of everything–irrigator, hay feeder, cow mover, McNab pup wrangler, social media and soil management worker.
When not leading the local 4-H group or running after track loving Hayden; Rachel and Jake are branding, cattle drive essentials.
The meat business cattle are a mixed breed of Devon mother cows that are bred to Akaushi Bulls (red wagyu) for a tender quality product. The cross bred cattle, perfected to thrive on the desert soil, run on intensely managed rangeland in the Owyhee Mountains, feeding on a unique mix of grass and forbs. They are given no hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified feeds.
Our fall calving herd is strictly Devon; we breed for replacement heifers and commercial bulls. The Devon disposition is calm, with deep bodies that will pack on the pounds even in drought years. Our bulls are raised on the Owyhee Range ensuring the hardiness of the animal. We handle all our animals humanely, with respect while providing them with a stress-free life.
In the fall of 2023 we launched our own Tallow Skin Balm line. Each balm was created with nature using our grass fed beef tallow, local herbs, wild berries and plants harvested from the Owyhee Mountains and local honey. They are wonderful for Idaho's dry climate; just choose your fragrance.
Our mission is to produce a healthy, nutritious, sustainable product, with minimal impact on the environment. We care for the animals and land humanely with the goal to pass it on to our future generations.