Ken Bentz

Ken Bentz

Principal Broker
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.

Address
68281 Crane Buchanan Road
Burns, Oregon 97720

9 Active Properties Listed by Ken Bentz

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New Listing

Lucky 7 Ranch

McDermitt, Nevada

This fully functioning Nevada ranch boasts all the efficiencies expected of a high desert outfit with the capacity to run 3,360 AUs± efficiently. Lucky 7 transforms its native grass into a high-quality protein through its reputation calf crop year after year. With decades of careful management, it has been an industry leader and will continue that trend by economically running cows and calves and by capitalizing on the economies of scale offered by its geographical location and size.

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Sale Pending

Brackett Ranch

Jordan Valley, Oregon

This sprawling Oregon desert ranch for sale is divided by the border between South East Oregon and South West Idaho. This is big cow country made up of rolling sage and grass-covered hills with deep draws. The ranch has the capacity to run 1,000 plus cows year around. The cattle are outside grazing much of the year coming in in the fall to wild meadows and a few months of wild hay feeding.

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Price Reduced

Big Basin Ranch

Kimberly, Oregon

This unique ranch property in Oregon offers the opportunity for recreational, hunting, and agricultural pursuits. The ranch operation can carry 200+ head of cattle and has room for horses. The spectacular rock formations and colors are great for exploring and photography. A steelhead river is just past the front yard, and the hunting is excellent. The beautiful custom home is placed and designed to blend into the natural surroundings, providing a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the land.

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Blue Basin Hunting Ranch

Kimberly, Oregon

This gorgeous Oregon hunting ranch gives you the opportunity to run some summer cattle and still have great hunting in the fall. Beautiful views of the forest, mountains, and The Painted Hills of the John Day Fossil Beds. A private hunting camp includes a cabin, shower room, and outbuildings. The location ensures privacy and uninterrupted enjoyment of wildlife and nature. This ranch is one of the best hunting properties available on the market in Oregon.

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Johnny Creek Ranch

Kimberly, Oregon

This beautiful Oregon ranch offers private country living at its best situated among hills, creeks, rims, and some irrigated ground. The stunning four-bedroom home has an infinity pool overlooking the Painted Hills of the John Day Fossil Beds. Located to ensure privacy and uninterrupted enjoyment of wildlife and nature, and with room for cattle, horses, and family, Johnny Creek Ranch offers a quiet, upscale lifestyle in a beautiful part of Oregon.

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Moser Ranch

Fields, Oregon

This old-time Nevada/Oregon desert ranch lies next to Denio, Nevada.  The deeded land and the BLM permit are in both states. The permit is out the gate both for summer and winter. The irrigated ground has water rights from Denio creek for early spring and amazing wells for the remainder of the year. The Cow Lakes shares allow for another 200 plus cows and the ranch can put up enough hay for 450+ cows. This is an opportunity to own a productive cattle ranch at an attractive per unit price.

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Sale Pending

CR Longhorn Ranch

Harper, Oregon

A compact, productive pure breed ranch is for sale in Oregon. The current owner raises registered Texas Longhorn cattle that can be found on the CR Longhorns website. The ranch has water rights that come from stored water delivered by the Vale Irrigation District by a large canal that goes through the property. The water is pumped out of the canal and into the pivots, wheel lines, and gated pipes from three pumping stations. The climate is conducive to crop growth with four cuttings of alfalfa that should produce 7+ tons to the acre.

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Wood Creek Ranch

Hereford, Oregon

Located in a quiet, traditional Oregon ranching community, this compact, productive ranch features stored irrigation water from the Unity Reservoir. Wild meadows and alfalfa are irrigated by gated pipe, flood, and wheel lines. The home is up off the valley floor with great views. A forest permit for 185 cows is available from June to October 15. This great ranch will run 200+ cows with reliable water and feed. It’s located 35 miles from Baker and 10 miles from Unity.

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Prince Farm

Burns, Oregon

In the middle of the Oregon High Desert, this property is a compact, productive operation. Two Valley pivots and two rental homes make up this dual-income opportunity. Improvements include a hay shed and a large shop that includes a heated bay. There are 244± acres of irrigated ground from one private well on the property. It is just three miles from Crane schools and 30 miles from the town of Burns. A great opportunity to raise quality hay and rent out for fall pasture.

2 Listings Sold by Ken Bentz

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Recently Sold

Glass Butte Ranch

Hampton, Oregon

This is an efficient, outside, desert cattle operation in Oregon with a huge deeded base. Cattle are out most of the year. There are 15,326± deeded acres combined with a large BLM permit with 4,346 AUM’s. This ranch is fenced, cross-fenced, and has been in operation for many years. This is a desert, year-round cattle operation.  There is no irrigated hay ground.  Stock water is provided using some pipelines from wells, stock water ponds, developed springs and water truck hauling. 

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Danens Ranch

Ironside, OR

The Danens ranch is on Rose Creek and is part of the tiny town of Ironside, OR.  Located 120 miles west of Boise, ID, 46 miles NW of Vale, OR. The ranch consists of farm ground that is irrigated with wheel lines with water that is pumped out of Rose Creek at two diversions for […]

Articles Authored by Ken Bentz

What is a “Ranch”?

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. […]

Savvy Cattle Ranch Investing

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 […]