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
Nearly 17,000 total acres of privacy and spectacular beauty. Just off of the John Day River next to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, the Big Basin Ranch is great for views, hunting, fishing, and relaxing.
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.
Compact, simple to operate, desert ranch. Quiet and private. It has the capacity to make someone a living and can be operated by one person.
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.
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.
Located in rural Hereford, Oregon the Christensen Ranch is a very productive grass ranch under the Unity Reservoir with secure, every year water rights. The flood irrigated meadows can produce 3 tons per acre. The ranch has been running 400 pair for the summer with Dec/Jan calves or could have room for 1,500 yearlings. The ranch is fenced and set up for cattle. It is one of the most productive grass properties in the area. It always has water and easy access with end of April turn out.
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.
Articles Authored by Ken Bentz
Article by Ken Bentz, Fay Ranches Broker The term “ranch” has evolved over the years in the West as a whole, but it also has different meanings regionally. A ranch in Colorado is often a much different property than one in Eastern Oregon. The definition also changes the closer one gets to an urban area. […]
As featured in Land Investor Magazine Vol. 1 Buying a ranch is often the culmination of a lifelong dream for many of our clients. Carving out time to revel in th e peace and solitude of sprawling acreage, as well as owning a unique place where unique memories are created in the outdoors are some of the top reasons […]