Genesee Valley Ranch


historical | sustainable | extraordinary


Welcome to Our Ranch

Genesee Valley Ranch is located in the heart of legendary California gold country, surrounded by the Plumas National Forest. This pristine and historic mountain ranch is the Napa Valley for exquisite beef. The abundant water supply, high elevation, and protected valley provide extraordinary land to raise the world’s most prestigious cattle.

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A Pampered Herd

Our ranch manager customizes the care of our Wagyu cows throughout the seasons, ensuring a happily thriving herd.


100% purebred Black Wagyu beef

GVR offers 100% purebred Black Wagyu beef, raised on organically grown grass pastures. The result is luxurious and humanely nurtured beef which is remarkably different from its commercially raised counterpart. Like every great luxury where quality is high, the quantity is scarce. As a result, only a few customers a year can enjoy access to GVR beef.

Our ranching practices are centered around the tenet that great beef comes from well-treated animals. At GVR, our cattle are never aggressively handled, grain-fed, or confined to unnatural small spaces. These animals are pasture-raised solely on a diet of diversified grasses. Each field is rotated with a variety of native grasses to ensure that both the land and the cattle benefit from a sustainable, environmentally sensitive management program.

Genesee Valley Ranch respects the land and anticipates the needs of the animals in a holistic way. The result is a balanced beef, bringing together the best of luxury and sustainability.

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Access to GVR grass-fed Wagyu Beef


A Ranch with History

Four generations of the Hosselkus family ran cattle
on Genesee Valley Ranch.


Generations of cattle ranching

The GVR ranch has deep roots in California Gold Country history. In 1862, Edwin D. Hosselkus of Genesee, New York came to this small valley and christened it Genesee, CA. His dreams pulled him West, but fortunately his savvy business sense lead him beyond the prospects of mining. Soon after arriving, he turned his interests to ranching and forming a mercantile business. Out of the surrounding forest, he felled and milled trees to build a general store/post office, granary, creamery and blacksmith shop. Cattle was at the center of his operation and four generations of his family kept the ranching tradition alive.

Prior to the Hosselkus’ arrival, the land was known as hospital ground to the Northern Maidu Indian. This peaceful tribe established small villages along the riverbeds and valleys throughout Plumas County. They were renowned for living harmoniously with their environment. At the confluence of Grizzly Creek and Indian Creek on the Genesee Valley Ranch was one such village called Yetámato-non. The Maidu presence at GVR serves as a constant inspiration for us to tend to this land with the same care and intuition as the Northern Maidu did before us.

Daisy and Lily Baker, Maidu Basket Weavers, Indian Valley by Philip Hyde, copyright circa 1955 Philip Hyde Photography

Daisy and Lily Baker, Maidu Basket Weavers, Indian Valley by Philip Hyde, copyright circa 1955 Philip Hyde Photography