Old Salt Co-op connects you with meats from livestock raised with integrity in landscapes you know and care about. It is owned by ranch members that supply it and by the worker members who bring its products to market. Together we can enhance Montana lands like a pinch of salt in a recipe, like the salt of the earth. Land is kin, let’s leave it better.
Founding ranch members are world class stewards of land and livestock and have striven to develop local market connections. Yet, still today 95% of the meat from their livestock is purchased as an anonymous commodity. Old Salt Co-op exists to reconnect responsible ranching with customers who know and care, replenishing land and nourishing families.
Founder, Cole Mannix, is proud to be part of an extended family that has ranched together in Montana’s Blackfoot valley since 1882. In 2012, he helped form the Ranchers Original beef Co-op to add value to livestock and promote stewardship of land and wildlife, serving as Director of Operations from 2014-2016. From 2017-2020, Cole worked for an agriculture and conservation organization called Western Landowners Alliance, becoming Associate Director in early 2019. As manager and founder of Old Salt Co-op, he hopes to help build a supply chain that regenerates both land and communities.
Regenerative & Sustainable Practices
Old Salt is a “come and see company.” When customers come to see the ranches and operations, the integrity will be clear. Through the following practices, Old Salt is helping to bolster the local economy and create more resilient Montana lands:
Minimizing off-farm inputs
Conscientious animal husbandry
Fostering soil and water health and wildlife habitat