Montana Cattle Ranch: Wintertime Production
a blog by Vinny Delgado, Sales Associate at Fay Ranches
Driving the morning back roads of Montana at this time of year, you typically see mother cows, anxious for their morning feedings, eagerly chasing feed trucks overflowing with hay. Last week at Rockin 99 Ranch, I witnessed 150 cows turning their nose up to the feed truck to keep their course on the ample green grass the highly productive ranch has to offer, which is unusual in January. I have been on a multitude of highly productive cow/calf operations and have never seen a ranch as self-sustaining and productive as Rockin 99 Ranch. High annual precipitation rates and outstanding soils equate to high productivity and heavy cows feasting through the winter months with little input. I have personally never witnessed a cow snub her nose at a bale of hay to go about her own feeding in mid-winter. These cows didn’t even make the effort to walk 50 paces for some quality rolled out alfalfa harvested from the ranch in July.
The inner workings and makeup of Rockin 99 Ranch are particularly special when it comes to both production and recreational attributes. The topography allows for ample moisture to take rest on the flats and build up in the deep and numerous coulees. The grass grows like crazy and stays green for most of the year, providing phenomenal feed for wintering cows without worries about sending the feed truck until Mother Nature decides it is time. With all the grass, habitat, and winter survival cover on the ranch, the livestock and wildlife flourish. There are Hungarian partridge, sharp-tailed grouse, and wintering mule deer and elk that lay fat and happy. Whether it be cows, hay and production, strictly recreation and wildlife habitat, or an impeccable mixture of both income production and enjoyment, Rockin 99 Ranch holds endless opportunities for its next owner.
The 1,612± deeded acres of the ranch are divided into eight fenced pastures with excellent water and grass throughout. In addition to outstanding pasture and water, the ranch also has 542± acres of excellent dry land hay ground producing 1.5 tons per acre. The ranch also holds miles of seasonal creeks, two large reservoirs, six stock tanks, and three wells. Rockin 99 Ranch also provides a plethora of recreational pursuits, including exceptional hunting for species such as elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, and mourning doves. Listed at $955.00 per acre, one would be hard pressed to find such a superb year-round ranch with endless recreational pursuits at this price point anywhere in Southwest Montana.
This area is also known for its snow skiing, drawing people from all corners of the world to enjoy the excellent conditions, challenging slopes, and beautiful scenery. During the spring and summer months, horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, bird watching, mountain biking, white-water rafting, and kayaking are popular activities for both the locals and vacationing tourists.
Rockin 99 Ranch is a rare piece of the west that offers a variety of recreational and agricultural opportunities. It is located in a highly desirable and beautiful part of Montana that is private yet close to a commercial airport and other convenient services. There is world-class fishing within minutes of the ranch, excellent hunting opportunities on the property and throughout the area, and outstanding snow skiing within a short drive. With numerous ideal home sites that have commanding views in all directions, it is unlikely you will find another ranch like Rockin 99 Ranch.
About Rockin 99 Ranch:
Rockin 99 Ranch is a rare piece of the west that offers a plethora of recreational and agricultural opportunities. It is located in a highly desirable and beautiful part of Montana that is private yet close to a commercial airport and other convenient services. There is world-class fishing within minutes of the ranch, excellent hunting opportunities on the property and throughout the area, and outstanding snow skiing within a short drive. With numerous ideal home sites which have commanding views in all directions and listed at just $955.00 per acre, one would be hard pressed to find such a superb year-round ranch with endless recreational pursuits at this price point anywhere in Southwest Montana.
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