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Eastern Montana Irrigated Pivot Ranch For Sale

Malta, MT
Phillips
Montana Pivot Ranch for Sale | Excellent Water Rights and Proven Hay Production The Bowdoin Road Pivot Ranch in Malta, Montana is a terrific alfalfa seed production farm or hay base property, located in the heart of mule-deer and upland game bird hunting territory. A full-time or absentee owner can enjoy the North Central Montana lifestyle with a ranch property that is relatively easy to operate and maintain. The offering totals 1,533.55+/- acres, with 305+/- acres of irrigated hayfields served by a 1,950’ pivot irrigation system. The remaining acres consists of 680.3+/- acres of improved pasture and 490.5+/- acres of native grass. 305 acres carry irrigation rights from the Malta Irrigation District, with a water turn on date of May 15th and a shut off of September 1st. In addition the ranch has a 100’ deep irrigation well that services the pivot as a secondary water option with an output of 1,500 gallons per minute. Bowdoin Ranch hunting | White Tail, Mule Deer, Upland Game Birds The Bowdoin Pivot Ranch has few improvements and those structures on the ranch are utilitarian. Aside from the T&L 2018 Center Pivot Sprinkler Irrigation System, the main improvements are a 150-horsepower pump that services the irrigation well and a 125 horsepower pump that brings water out of the irrigation canal to the pivot, all included in the sales price. The irrigation system is robust enough to put down 1/2” of water across the 305+/- acres in approximately 26 hours. Power to use the well and irrigate the property has consistently run between $10,000.00-$15,000.00 annually. The well has a 16” well casing and provides approximately 70 pounds of pressure at the pivot. Property taxes in 2022 were $12,612.00. 50% of the existing mineral rights will be retained by the property owner. Limited improvements on the Bowdoin Pivot Ranch, leaving a blank slate for the new owner The property averages a yield of approximately 600 pounds per acre of alfalfa seed on the 152.5 +/- acre north field, seeded most recently in 2018. In the spring of 2023 Alfalfa was seeded in 24” rows on the 152.5+/- acre south field and millet was seeded as a cover crop. Red Siberian Millet was selected to compete as little as possible with the young alfalfa plants for light, water, and mineral elements. The owner’s 32 years of experience in seed production lends to his expertise in choosing and maintaining a healthy alfalfa stand. Three tons per acre of hay was produced in one cutting this past year from the south field, and 5-6 tons of hay per acre on the property can be an annual anticipated production amount. If a new producer wanted to run cattle, 100 head for 6 months would be a conservative estimate. Montana Ranch for Sale with abundant Recreational Opportunities--Hunting, Fishing, Horseback Riding, ATV Trails No living quarters currently exist on the property, making it a blank slate for a new owner. Phillips County, Montana, is ideally situated for hunting and  recreation. The area is well known for excellent big game hunting, specifically for whitetail, mule deer and occasional moose. It is located in hunting region 620. The ranch has an abundant upland bird game population including Ringed-neck pheasant, Sage grouse, and sharp-tailed grouse.  Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge area, is less than a mile away from the property’s north boundary. Recreational activities such as wildlife observation, photography, hiking, cross-country skiing, and upland bird and waterfowl hunting can be enjoyed on the Refuge. Public access hunting in Phillips County is outstanding, the Malta BLM Field Office manages resources and activities on 1.1 million surface acres of huntable area making it an ideal location for outdoorsmen. Malta, Montana Hay Production and Irrigated Land For Sale This Montana ranch is less than fifteen minutes from Malta, MT with shopping, dining, entertainment, and regional airport conveniences. Nelson Reservoir, a large recreational lake, with outstanding year-round Walleye and Northern Pike fishing is a short 15-minute drive away and Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs, the only natural hot spring in Montana's northeastern tier is also in close proximity. Tanner Anderson, Sales Associate and Co-owner of Northwest Realty & Auction is proud to present this property for sale. Tanner Anderson’s background in the ranching lifestyle runs deep. He understands the value and importance of tillable acreage, how cattle stocking rate affects rangelands, the ins-and-outs of water rights, habitat management, and more. Tanner’s ability to gauge a property’s values, highlight its best assets and understand a buyer’s interests are a large part of his success—the rest of his successes are the result of his personable approach. For more information on this property, Tanner can be reached at 406-654-4473.
$2,650,000

Montana Missouri River Breaks Working Cattle Ranch,…

Zortman, MT
Phillips
MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS WORKING CATTLE RANCH FOR SALE IN NORTH CENTRAL MONTANA The Schwenke Ranch, located just outside of Landusky, Montana, was originally purchased in 1977 and has remained a family operation for over 45 years. It has grown to encompass over 60,000 acres and has earned its reputation as one of the premier ranching properties in Montana.   The Schwenke Ranch was recently recognized by the Montana ProRodeo Hall of Fame as one the “Great Montana Ranches” for its “commitment to preserving Western Heritage in Montana.” Combined with its’ recreational opportunities and access to the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge and Missouri River Breaks National Monument, this cow/calf family operation is a rare find, and is now offered for sale. The ranch runs on just over 62,000+/- acres, comprised of 55,872+/- acres leased from the Bureau of Land Management, of which 4,524 AUM’s are allotted to the seller. Another 1,600+/- acres are leased from the State of Montana, and combine with 2,597+/- Deeded Acres as well as 229 Shares in the Square Butte Grazing Association, equaling another 2,700+/- Deeded Acres. Of the 2,597+/- Deeded Acres, 58+/- acres are irrigated, with another 1,200+/- considered to be Improved Grass.  The Ranch is permitted to run 562+/- cow/calf pairs for 6 months, however if a new owner preferred yearlings to a cow/calf operation it is expected the ranch could support 1,280 yearlings for 5 months. The ranches forefathers understood well the nature of ranching in northcentral Montana and in an act of prudence and forward thinking installed a waterline beginning at an amply producing natural spring and running throughout the entirely of the ranch, supplying water to not only the ranch headquarters, but watering the ranch’s cattle with 18 well placed water tanks.  The waterline requires minimal maintenance and has been effectively functional since its’ installation in 2003.  Elk herds residing on the property can be found watering at these same tanks throughout the winter. In addition to the water line, 23 reservoirs are spread throughout the ranch, ensuring that cattle on the Schwenke ranch are well watered in even the driest of years.  Fences on the property are well maintained albeit minimal, as natural barriers act as a dividing point at most of the property’s boundaries. A well-kept set up improvements make up the ranch headquarters, consisting of a 2,100 square foot, 3-bedroom house built in 1971 with recent interior and exterior updates including new siding and metal roof.  A 2-car garage is attached to the house.  Equipment storage, calving barns and a mechanics shop are found in 2 metal buildings; a 40’x70’ pole barn built in 1972 and a second 50’x48’ pole barn built in 1990. The headquarters are accessed by the Power Plant Ferry Road, a well-kept county-maintained gravel road, only 2+/- miles from paved State Highway 66. Continuous metal fencing provides pens for the ranches’ horse herd and cattle work as well as decorative perimeter fencing surrounding the headquarters. A 150’ x 300’ team roping arena is exceptionally well thought out and constructed, with quality sand and efficient functionality. A reservoir directly behind the home is filled by Cyprian Creek and is of sufficient depth to be stocked with fish should the new owner prefer a private fishing pond. The ranches’ operation has been perfected by the Schwenke family over their 45 years of ownership. Excellent stewardship is evidenced by the condition of the range and waterways, producing abundant forage for cattle grazing, with plenty remaining for the wildlife populations also making their home on the Schwenke Ranch.  The acreage is primarily native prairie habitat, best suited for cattle grazing, as well as feed grounds for the transitory elk herds, moving in and around the property as they make their way through the Charles M. Russel National Wildlife Refuge and along the Missouri River. Mule Deer and White Tail Deer also make the ranch their home, finding refuge in the brush-covered draws, steep coulees, and tree-lined base of the Little Rocky Mountains that begin their ascent on the ranch. Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep can be found residing in the more mountainous terrain on the ranch, in areas transitioning from range to mountainside, the hillsides covered in pine and juniper. The Ranch falls in Hunting District 621 where 8 Landowner Elk tags are offered each year.  In recent years only 6 applications for Elk tags have been received from landowners in this District, giving the new owner a very good chance of drawing an elk tag for this area regularly from year to year.   Several elk units in the Missouri River Breaks have struggled with both quantity and quality of bulls.  The recent drought beginning in 2020 and carrying through the majority of 2023 were some of the worst environmental conditions for antler growth this area has seen for several decades.  In 2023, areas around this property in unit 621 showed resiliency, while amidst the adverse conditions, still produced several 330+ bulls.  Traditionally, Unit 621 along with 620 and 622, would produce a handful of bulls over 370 with a few hovering near the 400 inch mark.  With the mild winter of 2023 and good spring moisture so far in 2024, we expect this to improve.  The surrounding BLM acres is what separates this property from others within the Missouri River Breaks.  The deeded land included in the Schwenke Ranch provides access to some of the hardest to reach areas in Unit 621.  A very low percentage of public land hunters are willing to hike from public land access points, but the Schwenke Ranch puts you right in the middle of it all.  The success rate of drawing this landowner tag is high, while it’s not unheard of for general applicants to wait 20-30 years to draw a rifle permit. 10.25+/- miles along the southern border of the ranch adjoins the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge, where or 375,000 acres of geologic formation, wildlife areas, wilderness areas and points of historic significance has been federally protected from outside interference or development. The Missouri River Breaks is a truly untouched area of the Montana landscape, with a thriving elk population popular with hunters and wildlife enthusiasts alike. These elk herds are quite a sight to see in the late fall at the Slippery Ann Wildlife viewing area, just 18+/- miles from the ranch headquarters. Here hundreds of elk gather during mating season and are viewed by many in the evenings as the sun begins to set and the elk begin to bugle, a truly impressive sight.  The CMR is world renowned for its elk harvest, and hunters and wildlife enthusiasts travel here regularly to take in the Bighorn Sheep and Mule Deer populations prevalent to the area. In the Spring avid Paddle-Fishers descend upon the James Kipp Recreation Area at the Fred Robinson Bridge where Highway 191 crosses the Missouri River to take in the plentiful Paddle Fishing season.  This area can be found directly south of Slippery Ann, just 6+/- miles from the south end of the Schwenke Ranch. The ranch is steeped in historical significance dating back to the 1800’s when the Plains Indians resided on the property, as evidenced by the many ridgelines throughout the ranch dotted with teepee rings, still visible today.  As time went on, early settlers to the area utilized the Missouri River, accessible from the Ranch for travel and transport of supplies via the Power Plant Ferry before highways were constructed. Evidence of the many travelers throughout history are carved in the sandstone canyon walls, including Kid Curry and the Wild Bunch, who resided on the ranch for a time after their infamous robbery of the train in 1901. It was on the Schwenke Ranch that the Wild Bunch escaped capture and made off with over $40,000 that was never recovered.  The Power Plant Ferry is a well-known historical point and can be accessed by the Power Plant Ferry County Road, running entirely through the Schwenke ranch to the Missouri River, offering insurable access to all deeded acres owned by the Ranch. The Schwenke Ranch is truly an exceptional piece of the Montana landscape. Cattle herds have been raised successfully on this ranch for many years alongside the ranches’ wildlife populations due to the Schwenke’s excellent range management and stewardship of the land. A new owner will find the ranch has been left in exceptional condition, making them well positioned to continue forward with a cattle herd of their own, while enjoying unobstructed views of the Big Sky from their very own Montana Ranch. Distance from: Landusky: 9.2 Miles (18 minutes) Zortman: 16 Miles (27 Minutes) Malta: 57 Miles (56 Minutes) - Airport Lewistown: 81 Miles (1 Hour 20 Minutes) – Airport Billings: 154 Miles (2 Hours 30 Minutes) – Commercial Airport James Kipp Campground/Missouri River Crossing/Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area – 17 Miles (20 Minutes)
$6,750,000

Northeastern Montana Working Cattle Ranch-Mule Deer Hunting…

Hinsdale, MT
Valley
NORTHEASTERN MONTANA CATTLE RANCH WITH GRAZING PERMITS FOR SALE The Black Ranch offers a unique opportunity to own a large block of land in Northeastern Montana, excellently suited for use as seasonal pasture or a year-around ranching operation. This 35,000+/- acre ranch is entirely contiguous and includes 26,600+/- acres of BLM lease permits, beginning April 1st and running through October 31st.  4,680+/- of the ranch acres fall under State Lease and the remaining 3,710+/- acres are deeded. Montana Ranch for Sale This ranch is equipped with excellent improvements and superb water rights. The Black Ranch is a classic Northeastern Montana ranch, offering a wide range of native grasses typical to the area, including western wheatgrass and blue grama.  However, the topography of the ranch is extremely unique, with deep spring-fed, timber-filled coulees, badlands and over 3.5 miles of Willow Creek, flanked by enough timber and cover to provide an ideal spring calving setting.  Willow Creek is spring-fed, and therefore holds water year-around. Year Round Cattle Ranch for Sale in MT The ranch carries 750 to 775 head of cattle for 7 months, with some variation depending on rainfall for the year. The property has been fenced into 7 large pastures, consisting of approximately 4,500+/- acres each, and 4 smaller holding pastures, used primarily during branding season. Each of the smaller pastures measure between 320-500+/- acres. All pastures have adequate water available by way of springs, pits and reservoirs allowing for consistent grazing throughout the ranch. Despite 2021 being one of the worst droughts on record in Northeastern Montana, this ranch still carries available grass and water for the 2022 grazing season. A set of working corrals on the ranch, along with a newly sided barn and certified scale are located along the county road for easy access and utilized during spring calving and fall shipping seasons.  While no home exists on the property, plenty of options are available for building sites with extraordinary views. Montana Recreational Property for Sale In addition to the opportunity for an exceptional cattle operation, the Black Ranch provides extensive habitat for local wildlife as well. Whitetail, Mule Deer and Antelope are common, as are Upland Game Birds and Prairie Dogs. The Bittercreek Wilderness Study area is located on the property and a fishing pond stocked with Rainbow Trout is an excellent spot to spend an enjoyable afternoon. Utilize this property as a hunting or fishing retreat! The Black Ranch, named for its original owners, has provided opportunity for 2 local ranching families to thrive for decades, and is now available for public sale for the first time in history. The Ranch was purchased by its current owners from the neighbors, a 3rd generation local ranching family, nearly 30 years ago.  The Black Ranch has been a key component to the current owners’ expanding operation, now beginning into its’ 3rd generation. This ranches’ consistent ownership by an owner/operator is evident in the exceptional maintenance and management of the property. For more information contact Tanner Anderson with United Country Northwest Realty & Auction in Malta Montana at 406-654-4473 or email him at Tanner@NorthwestRealtyMT.com
$10,000,000