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San Simeon Highway Sign Photo: viewed as if traveling north on the Pacific Coast Highway One the sign points to left  to San Simeon which is down San Simeon Road just a bit and to the right is Hearst Ranch, the front gate is on the right of the photo under some trees; Click for a larger view of the intersections of Pacific Coast Highway One and San Simeon Road.



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SLO Tribune Article about the new book "Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy"

Did you know the region where Hearst Ranch Wine is grown and made, Paso Robles has been chosen Best Wine Region of the Year, from the best wine producers in the World!
San Simeon California Vacation Photograph Front Gate of Hearst Ranch Piedra Blanca: Click for a larger picture of the wrought iron front gate of Hearst Ranch; a tourist point of interest on San Simeon Road just off the Pacific Coast Highway One near Hearst Castle State Historical Monument Visitors Center and across from San Simeon California.
Click to enlarge this photograph of Hearst Ranch Front Gate across PCH 1 from San Simeon, CA.
 Hearst Ranch Landscape Photograph: picture up in the hills of beef cattle in the green pasture looking curiously reservoir  at the photographer; Click for a larger version of these curious contented beef cows on the Hearst Ranch green pasture.
fat happy healthy Hearst Ranch cattle in green pasture

 Hearst Ranch Landscape Photograph: picture up in the hills looking back on beef cattle, green pasture, the water resovour Hearst Ranch buildings and hanger airport; Click for a larger version of this tourist information photo of the Hearst Ranch landscape, in the distance San Simeon, Hearst Ranch buildings, and Hearsts private landing strip.
up in the hills looking back on some beef cattle grazing on the green pasture some Hearst Ranch buildings, hanger and landing strip

 Hearst Ranch Converted Old Dairy Barn Photograph: having done away with the vintage dairy Hearst Ranch fixed up the dairy barn for parties; Click for a larger version of this cowboy party palace in the old dairy barn.It's not all work on the ranch, the old Hearst dairy barn has been converted into a palatial cowboy party place! Location of numerous gala community benefits.


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The Hearst Family Central California Cattle Legacy

Entrance Sign for Jack Ranch picture: Click to enlarge this photograph of a Hearst Jack Ranch wraught iron sign taken at the front entrance near Chalome California.
Hearst Jack Ranch Sign, Cholame, CA
Entrance Sign for Piedra Blanca picture: Click to enlarge this photograph of a Hearst Piedra Blanca Rancho wraught iron sign taken at the front entrance of Hearst Ranch across from San Simeon, CA.
Hearst San Simeon Ranch Sign

The 73,000-acre Jack Ranch is a relatively recent purchase (1965) for the Hearst Corporation but the Hearst family is not new to the cattle business, they have just changed how they run the business; They have been in the cattle business since the mid-1800's and have perfected their herds and developed better ways to raise animals that results in a superior product. The biggest change is in how they raise them and finnish them for market. Many cattle raising businesses (cow/calf operations) wholesale there beef cattle to others who fatten them up on grains and mixed feeds in feedlots before they are slaughtered for the market. Feedlots are really unsavory overcrowded environment which often involves medicating with antibiotics, growth hormones and other drugs because the animals are unhealthy. If a cow in the Hearst's heard requires antibiotics they are culled out and sold; none of the Hearst beef which gets marketed has ever had antibiotics this part of the natural method of raising beef that they have perfected.

The Jack Ranch is 60 miles east of San Simeon in Cholame, California; Hearst maintains a base cowherd of 2,500 heads there.

Hearst San Simeon Ranch Photograph: click for larger picture taken from down by the ranch outbuildings looking up to the castle on the hill; beef cattle in the green pasture in front of a barn and Hearst Castle on the green hill above.
Hearst ranch looking up to Castle
Hearst San Simeon Ranch Photograph: click for larger picture taken from up the Hearst Castle Road looking down to the ranch landscape and outbuilding and airstrip as well as the Pacific Ocean, San Simeon and the Point.
at Castle looking down to ranch buildings and San Simeon

The Hearst family entered the cattle business in 1865 when George Hearst purchased the 48,000 acre Piedra Blanca Rancho. In California at that time the Spanish rancheros had been raising cattle for hides and tallow which were long lasting products which could be shipped long distances. After a period of high taxation draught the Spanish owned California ranchos had become unprofitable for hide and tallow operations so they began to sell properties off to pioneers like George Hearst, who developed them into beef and dairy operations when the rains returned. Beef and dairy products are more perishable than hides and tallow but brought a quicker profit return and were more beneficial to the local community, less wasteful and more profitable (although George Hearst probably wasn't looking for a cattle ranch, considering his mining background it is more likely that he was speculating the land contained cinnabar). The Hearsts would add San Simeon to the ranch and increase the acreage so that today the Hearst San Simeon beef cattle ranch which surrounds Hearst Castle and stretches for miles in every direction totals 80,000 acres and maintains a 1,000 head base cowherd; 128 square miles the largest privately-owned working cattle ranch remaining on the coast.

Panorama Photograph Front Gate of Hearst Ranch Piedra Blanca: Click for a larger picture of the wrought iron front gate of and natural rock wall at the entrance of Hearst Ranch; a tourist point of interest on San Simeon Road just off the Pacific Coast Highway One near Hearst Castle State Historical Monument Visitors Center and across from San Simeon California.
Hearst Piedra Blanca entrance just off PCH 1, across from San Simeon, CA

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Summary Conclusion: Title: Hearst Ranches San Simeon and Cholame California Pictures and Information about the Hearst Cattle Business, Ranches and Beef, a Legacy of Quality. George Hearst founded the Hearst Cattle Business in 1865 and they have evolved into a cutting edge environmentally sound meat and wine business.
Description: Hearst superior beef is the result of years of work at the Hearst Ranches Piedra Blanco in San Simeon and Jack Ranch in Cholame California; photographs and information about the Hearst Cattle Business, Ranches and Hearst grass-fed free range natural beef, a Legacy of Quality started by George Hearst in 1865 and evolved into a cutting edge environmentally sound meat and wine business helping to support the economy of California's Central Coast.
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