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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.

In-Game Text


"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).

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