Licensed in: OR, NV
Ken Bentz is a 3rd generation rancher born and raised in Eastern Oregon on the family ranches, 45 miles east of Burns. He obtained his formal education from Oregon State University graduating with a Business degree and then a MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno. He began his real estate career while in Reno and continued when he and his young family moved back to Oregon in 1994. Ken and his wife Debbie have raised their three children on Crow Camp Ranch, a historic SE Oregon cattle ranch. They continue to operate the ranch along with other leased properties. He has spent his life with the land, cattle and working in every aspect of western cattle ranching. His extensive experience with the daily requirements of ranch operations as well as the 20+ years of ranch brokerage affords him a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the business.
Ken’s real estate work has included commercial and residential property but it never was a very good fit. His focus for the last 18 years has been exclusively ranch properties. He has a passion for preserving open space; promoting thoughtful land stewardship and helping people realize dreams while making wise investments. Using a straightforward, practical approach, Ken can make the complicated, sometimes confusing process of agricultural investing move smoothly from start to finish. A competent, professional representing a client’s interest removes much of the uncertainty in any transaction.
“Life is a timed event, so live accordingly”, with this thought in mind, Ken spends his time with what he loves; family, land and livestock. Ranching and real estate both afford many opportunities to be with all three, often at once. Whether horseback roping calves with the kids, camping on a ranch while doing due diligence for a listing or helping a new owner sort the cattle for the first time, each day is to be looked forward to. If you find what you enjoy, you will never work another day.
Available Property Listings by Ken Bentz
A very productive, improved cow/calf ranch. Will run 900+ cows, sell some hay and background the calves. Irrigated deeded land inside the permit with reservoir water. Home place has great water rights, both surface and well water. New pipe corrals, new home and 900 calf feed yard. Irrigated ground produces alfalfa, corn and wild hay. Can be purchased with cattle and equipment.
An efficient, outside, desert cattle operation with a huge deeded base. Cattle are out most of the year. There are 17,833± deeded acres combined with a large BLM permit with 4,323 AUM’s. The ranch is fenced, cross fenced and has been in operation for many years. Minimal improvements with no hay ground.
Compact, very productive cow/calf and/or yearling grass ranch. 847 acres of water rights plus tail water. Great forest permit. Free water for flood irrigation. New set of pipe corrals. Should run year 350+ cows or 900 to 1,200 yearlings. Beautiful setting, close to schools, hunting and fishing.
Old time Nevada/Oregon desert ranch that lies next to Denio, NV. Deeded land and BLM permit in both states. Great irrigation water, turn out for 450+ cows. A productive cattle ranch at an attractive per unit price. A true desert ranch out in big country.
Located in a quiet, traditional ranching community, this is a compact, productive ranch with stored irrigation water from the Unity Reservoir. Wild meadows and alfalfa are irrigated by gated pipe, flood and wheel lines. A forest permit for 185 cows is available from June to October 15.
Tor S Farms, LLC. is a very productive hay farm, priced well within the market. With 4 Zimmatic pivots (3 pivots producing 6+ tons of alfalfa to the acre last year of export hay and 1 pivot in triticale that should produce 3.5 tons) and 8 wells currently in use, this property should produce 2,500+ tons of hay a year.
Private, mountain living while remaining close to town. County road access less then a mile from the pavement. Changes with the elevation from open grass land with some pine to heavy timber, with a lot of yellow pine and some fir. Springs, a small pond and Dissel Creek are located on the property. Live quietly in the forest with plenty of room and feed for some cattle and/or horses. Current owner has been using the property as summer pasture.