Barta Brothers Ranch
Barta Brothers Ranch

About the Ranch

The Barta Brothers Ranch is utilized by scientists, extension educators and students to compare livestock grazing systems, study complex plant communities, and explore water interactions associated with grasslands. The 6,000 acre ranch has over 5,500 acres categorized as upland range.  The ranch includes approximately 120 acres of contiguous subirrigated meadow and over 100 acres of discontinuous subirrigated meadow and scattered wetlands.

Listen to IANR Vice Chancellor Boehm Discuss the Barta Brothers Ranch

Barta Brothers Research Facility

Barta Brothers RANCH Research Facility

The Barta Brothers Ranch Research Facility is a two-story, 4,800-square-foot building used to facilitate and coordinate research.  The facilitiy includes meeting room for up to 30 people and dorm space for researchers and students working at the ranch.  The 35 acre facility site not only includes the main research facility, but also includes a wide variety of tree species, a large equipment shed and a weather station.

Barta Brothers Ranch

Research and Education

The mission of the Barta Brothers Ranch is to serve as a model ranch and provide the facilities and support to conduct research and demonstrations relevant to Sandhills ranchers. Educational programs from the ranch play an important role in training students and continuing education for ranchers, conservationists, and representatives of federal and state agencies. Research and demonstrations focus on long-term grazing management systems and the biotic and abiotic factors associated with such systems.

Recent Research and Publications (PDF)

Learn more about the about the research and educational programs:
Barta Brothers Research Facility


The ranch is located about 20 miles south of Long Pine in Rock and Brown Counties (42°14'N, 99°39'W) or 8 miles North West of Rose via Hwy 183.

Barta Brothers Ranch

85565 Eagle Ridge Ave

Rose, NE   68714

Barta Brothers Ranch Contacts

Doug Zalesky
Director of the Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center

Phone: (402) 624-8089 /

48 West 4th Street
Ainsworth, NE 69210
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