It is an honor to bring this ranch to market for the first time in over 60 years. The family has decided to sell the ranch, ending their legacy, and allowing a new owner to begin theirs. The ranch is a 450+/- AU place with the classic eastern Montana topography. Native range, tame pasture and diked flood irrigated hay land make this a ranch that is self-sufficient. Water and fence improvements are adequate and in average condition. The pictures show the ranch as it is. 2021 has been the driest, with grasshoppers since 1988. Large, mostly deeded ranch properties are uncommon, this is your opportunity.
15,344+/- Deeded Acres
(13,436 Rangeland, 370 hay,
1,510 improved, and 38 other)
640 State lease
240 Private Landlocked
The north portion of the ranch (north of County Road 316) includes 2 sections in Prairie County and is accessed by 3 county roads. It also includes the headquarters, all of the flood irrigated and dryland hay acres, and the badland acres. The rougher country is characterized by cedar covered breaks providing winter shelter for livestock and wildlife.
The property south of County Road 316 is generally more open with rolling pasture acres and includes the Fallon County real estate. It is accessed by 2 county roads. This ranch offers a special variety of eastern Mt scenic views.
Location: The Ranch is located 57 Miles east of Miles City, 35 miles west of Baker, and 4.5 miles west and north of the historic community of Ismay. The headquarters is accessed by Hwy 12, between Miles City and Baker, then 10 miles of gravel of which 1.5 miles is private road. Miles City, which has a population of 9,000 is the regional trade center with all the modern services of a larger city, airport
Improvements: There are approximately 42 stock tanks and 25 miles of pipeline supplemented by reservoirs and a few springs that supply water for livestock. There is also available water in Fallon Creek on the north side of the ranch. Some hay acres are irrigated via diversion dikes in the Whitney Creek and Fallon Creek drainages. The ranchstead includes 2 homes, barn, shop, some bins, various storage buildings, and adequate corrals.
Operation: This ranch has typically been a cow-calf operation. The ranch carrying capacity is estimated at 450 AUs depending on management and moisture. Hay acres produce approximately .75 t/c on average and vary with runoff and rainfall. Land cropped in the past has been replanted to tame grass to augment the hay base. There are separate fenced pastures to allow for livestock grazing and haying with the fences in good to fair condition. Wells and pipelines are the major source of livestock water and are supplemented by reservoirs, some springs, and Fallon Creek water.
Recreation and Hunting: Wildlife includes mule deer, antelope, upland game birds, pheasants, and predators.
For the hunter this offers a wide variety of opportunities.