For buildings of the same name in other Tropico games, see Ranch.
Ranches can provide food or wool quickly to the island's economy.
- Cow: "Beef sells for a good price, but cows are not as adaptable as goats."
- Goat: "Goats are more adaptable than cows but goat cheese sells at a lower price than beef."
- Llama: "Llama Wool sells at a low price, but Llamas mature very quickly."
Smoke House: "The building produces the more expensive smoked beef instead of beef."
- Cost: $2000 (for Cow Ranch as it does nothing for the other two Modes)
Upon completion, there are junk items; steel drum, tires and LP tanks, which may give a slightly ugly aura. Being a workplace, the construction materials(corrugated metal) used are a bit of an eye-sore for the player, but are neutral for Beauty. Trash and/or a trash-can may appear as foot-traffic and surrounding structures cast off pollution.
The Ranch starts off with 2 young animals which mature to reproduce up to 8 animal. Farmers will occasionally show up to make the herd move to newer pasture or harvest product. Annual production isn't as good as a farm; about half ~400units/year, but more consistent output then farms, given plenty of nearby ideal pasture.
- "For the cowboy in all of us. You can breed goats, cows and llamas in the ranch. Goats are more adaptable while cows sell for a higher price. As for Llamas, they are too cute to slaughter, but their fur makes for a nice rug."
- "A ranch can solve food problems and costs less than Plant Farms."
Goats and Llama can climb steep mountainous pasture. Cows prefer flat to gentle hillside pasture of low-medium altitude(<40MW using a wind turbine for a guage, preferring 10~30MW range).