About Park Ranch Meats

Park Ranch is a working livestock ranch based in Minden, Nevada, and serving the surrounding areas of northern Nevada and east-central California. As a family-owned enterprise since 1861, we provide top-quality meats to the general public and a resource for harvesting and processing meats for cattle owners.

Cows in a pasture against a mountain view
A woman feeding a calf some milk from a bottle

How It All Started

Park Ranch was established by the Park Family, who immigrated to northern Nevada in the late 1800’s to start a commercial cattle operation in Topaz, California. David Park took over the family ranch after graduating from Cal Poly in 1990. His goal was clear and simple: to continue to serve the community and help fill in the livestock-processing gap that local ranchers were experiencing.

David and the ranch’s Executive Manager Sarah Shannon transformed one of the warehouses into a 9,600-square-foot federal/custom exempt meat plant. Here, livestock is processed on-site, and our customers can trace the processing of that animal from start to finish, with an inventory list of cuts from that head of livestock.

Encompassing parts of Nevada and California, the ranch has expanded to include Park Livestock and Park Heritage. These operations focus on cattle feed supply and crops that we produce to feed our livestock as well as the livestock owned by area ranchers.

In providing these services to the community, we’re able to continue the legacy and tradition of great-quality beef that’s been a part of the Park family for multiple generations.

Mission Statement

Through sustainable and ethical practices, we aim to foster a connection between our customers and the land, promoting a healthier and more mindful approach to food consumption.

Our Crew

David Park, Owner

David Park

Owner

David has been involved in ranching in Nevada and California since he was a little boy growing up in Topaz, California. From a young age, he learned about cattle operations and ranch work from his father and grandfather, inspiring him to later pursue a degree in agriculture from Cal Poly.

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David took over the family business from his father in 1990 with the goal of ensuring that the ranch was secure and would continue for future generations of the Park family.

Since assuming leadership of Park Ranch, David has created and launched several businesses here in Minden, Nevada, including Park Heritage, Park Livestock and Park Home Ranch Wedding Venue.

His driving passion is keeping alive the dream of being a rancher in the Carson Valley. On any given day, you’ll see him working the ranch with his faithful dogs by his side, ready to load up and head to the next job.

David extends thanks to all of Park Ranch’s valued customers and clientele, who over the years have helped to make the ranch what it is.

Sarah Shannon, Executive Manager

Sarah Shannon

Executive Manager

Sarah has lived in the Minden area for much of her life, graduating from Douglas High School here in the early 2000’s. After moving away for a year, she knew Minden was her home and where she wanted to settle her family.

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She worked in property management for 10 years and then became a stay-at-home mom, raising two spectacular boys. Being a mom was her passion, but she felt she had even more to contribute, so in 2016, she began working at Park Ranch as a bookkeeper and office secretary. She was promoted to executive manager.

In this capacity, she helped launch Park Ranch Meats and convert empty buildings, barns, and an old harvest facility on the ranch into the premier wedding venue of the Carson Valley.

In her free time, Sarah loves cheering on her boys at their sporting events, riding with her husband, Hugh, on their Harley-Davidson, and going to country music concerts with her friends.

Garret Bunyard, Plant Manager

Garret Bunyard

Plant Manager

Garret was born and raised in Fernley, Nevada. His mother was a second-grade teacher; his father owns and operates a cattle company. With his father and grandfather as role models, Garret wanted to one day help with his family’s cattle operation.

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While in college at California’s Chico State University, he worked in a meat-processing plant and learned the “tricks of the trade.” After graduating in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business and Animal Science, he was hired by Park Ranch to oversee the meat-processing operation. He moved to Minden in 2023.

In his free time, Garret enjoys starting colts and doing irrigation work. He loves any kind of work with his hands, from building something with scrap wood to fixing one of the many things his girlfriend, Shelby, has a tendency to break.

Garret is a natural leader and loves helping to keep Park Ranch running smoothly and benefiting the community. If you ever have a question about anything going on here, Garret is the man to ask.

Shelby Pate, Master Butcher

Shelby Pate

Master Butcher

Shelby began her career in the meat department of Raley’s Grocery in Yuba City, California, in 2016. She served a two-year apprenticeship and learned the ins and outs of meat cutting, then went to work for Country Butcher in Marysville, California, in 2019, where she learned how to fully process meat.

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At Country Butcher, she underwent specialized training in working and cleaning for a USDA-inspected facility. She also met her boyfriend, Garret (our plant manager), and he took her along with him when he went to work for Park Ranch.

While construction for the ranch’s meat operation was finishing up, Shelby worked the front desk and was somewhat of an ambassador, answering questions about the new facility and the products and services it would bring to the community.

When not producing exquisite cuts of meat, Shelby thrives on hiking with her two crazy Labrador retrievers, Chaka and Nova; swing dancing with her partner; or just relaxing and watching a movie with her cat, Simba.

Frank Chavez, Sales and Marketing

Frank Chavez

Sales & Marketing

Frank grew up participating in 4-H activities in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he raised and sold pigs at the county fair. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he met his wife, Ali.

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Using his 4-H experience, he took a job as a student worker with Wolf Pack Meats, the university’s butcher shop and harvest facility. In 2016, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science and moved to Minden, where he helped grow a grass-fed beef butcher shop with Bently Ranch.

Now Frank is here at Park Ranch, assisting in developing our beef program.
When he isn’t working, you can find him hiking and traveling with Ali and his dog, Maisie.

Garret Bunyard, Plant Manager

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