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Valentine, NE

About The Ranch


Brennemann Ranch is a cow/calf operation located 30 miles south of Valentine, in Cherry County Nebraska. The 22,000-acre contiguous ranch consists of sandhills prairie, wetlands, and sub-irrigated meadows. Heavy on rangeland, an extra 800 head of cattle are taken in during the grazing season. The ranch has implemented a three-pasture rotation system in which each pasture has two 25-day periods of grazing and 100 days of rest during the season. Gordon Creek runs through the ranch, contributing to the amazing views and water. Water sources also include windmills and solar wells.

With goals of sustainability now and in the future, Bruce Brennemann works to take care of resources such as the land and livestock, he also believes that taking care of people is just as important. Bruce enjoys guiding and teaching future generations the art of ranching. He feels it’s important to be a well-rounded individual. Learning how and why things are done to be confident in the ranch work, as with stockmanship and horsemanship.

The Mentors

Bruce & Angel Brennemann

Bruce Brennemann is a 5th generation rancher. He grew up on a ranch in the Hyannis area and after graduating high school he attended Northeastern Junior College. Bruce returned home to work on the ranch and was involved in a serious ranch accident that resulted in breaking both of his legs. The long recovery took him away from the ranch for a time, he then returned to ranching in the North Platte area and most recently relocated to his ranch operation to south of Valentine. Bruce, and his wife Angel, have 5 children and one grandchild. Angel works as a CPA from home, she also homeschools and helps with the ranch operation. 

Bruce’s top priority and most important everyday consideration is keeping his family, employees, and the people around him safe. Safety is his number one priority. He believes in enjoying what we do, and that it is important to find satisfaction and rewards in the daily grind. This industry is hard work and it’s easy to get burned out. He is looking forward to being able to pass on his experience and knowledge to someone who is enthusiastic to learn about ranching.

Charles Olson

Charles Olson is from Emporia Kansas and has been working on the Brennemann Ranch since April 1st, 2023.

The Intern


  • Daily cattle chores: Monitor the health of cattle, ensure cattle have water and feed, and stay within fences.

  • Assist with doctoring and brandings.

  • Horsemanship

  • Rotational grazing implementation and pasture monitoring.

  • Assist with putting up hay.

  • Ranch Infrastructure: Duties will include fencing, ranch repairs, and maintenance as needed.

  • Equipment: Operating equipment, equipment maintenance, and repairs.

Additional responsibilities as needed and as per request.

Desired Skills

  • Valid Driver’s License

  • Positive Attitude

  • Work Ethic

  • Willingness

  • Non-Smoking

The Details

Length of Internship: 3 Months

Stipend: Brennemann Ranch will pay a monthly stipend estimated at $2,100.00/month.

General work hours: Monday through Saturday. Hours will vary depending on the season and activities. The regular day off is Sunday.

Housing and Meals: A bunkhouse, with a kitchen and laundry, is furnished at the ranch and includes all housing items. Beef, eggs, and milk are available, and some meals will be provided. Housing is to be kept clean. Internet is available on the ranch if needed. Visitors are welcome with mentors’ approval. A pet may be allowed with prior approval.

Cell Phone Service: Viaero/Verizon cell phone service.

Vehicles: Ranch vehicles will be provided for ranch-related work.

Horse: Intern may bring their own horse with prior approval.

Living in at Brennemann Ranch: Valentine is 30 miles away and has all basic amenities including places to eat and drink, grocery stores, hotels, a health clinic, a post office, and gas stations. Valentine offers many recreational activities including fishing, hiking, floating the river, and canoeing. Community events include brandings, barbeques, and many other events.

Educational Activities: The intern will have the opportunity to attend select workshops and participate in various ranch tours.

The Sandhills Ranch Internship Program is currently applications for the 2024 season. Apply Now! Questions can be directed to KyLee Kime or call or text 308-340-2781.
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