Located in the Western part of the Nebraska Sandhills the JHL Ranch was
originally settled by Stansbie family in the 1880s. They were later joined
by the Engel family.
The JHL brand was legally registered on the JHL in Nebraska in 1920. As
brands go it is a good one, meaning that 1) it can be applied with a
single-iron (efficient) and 2) it crosses the
hair and hide in different directions thus making it easily legible;
it’s original (especially in the days of open range) and continuing
The first Europeans to venture into this area were ranchers followed by
those interested in tilling the soil. What with the Kincaid, Tree Claim,
Homesteaders and other Federal acts the soil tillers were eager to stake
“free” claims in the “new” area. Unfortunately the
fragile sand was less than ideal for the row crops and trees these acts
required for ownership. This is still true today as you can yet see where
the sod was turned to establish claims now decades ago. Because of the
potential fragility of the soil and plant life the sandhills provide an
ideal setting for the grazing of livestock.
What came - and has lasted - was what fit with the ecosystem - cattle
and a hardy people.
The family that ranches the JHL today is one of those who came and found
it a good fit. A cattle family established in the Sandhills almost 125
years ago. The years have resulted in cattle today bred to be a compliment
to the environment and to your table.
Continuing the legacy of this piece of land is a priority of ours. In accomplishing this we have been
blessed with a number recognitions:
1999 Natural Resource District Conservation Award given in recognition of our
stewardship of the land and our primary crop – the grasses.
We have also been recognized for our finished product - beef - receiving the:
2006 Cargill Meat Solutions – Angus America award (top product
2007 Braunvieh Association of America - Commercial Producer Award
2007 Beef Improvement Federation - Commercial Producer Roll of
2008 Beef Improvement Federation - Commercial Producer of the Year