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Swenson Family Flat Top Ranch - Haskell
#TX245959
Haskell, 
41,000.00 acres
This property has been recently reduced from $1200 per acre to $985. The Flat Top Division of the legendary Swenson Ranch was established in 1853 – 1854 and the ranch contains 41,000 ± acres. Elevations on the ranch range from approximately 1,600’ feet to around 1,750’. The terrain over the eastern portion of the Flat Top Ranch is described as nearly level to gently rolling and sloping towards several noticeable drainages, all draining to the northeast. A very prominent elevated mesa, known as Flat Top Mountain, is located on the west-half of the ranch. The elevation change from the country below the mesa top to the country on the upper edge of the mesa is approximately 100 feet. The east face of the mesa is steep and rocky, but much of the mesa top is level and gently sloping. Views from the mesa edge are very impressive. To the west of the large mesa top, the level country transitions to header draws, becoming deeper canyon drainages, all flowing to the northwest to the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River. Native grass cover is considered to be good to excellent over much of the property. Principal native grasses include several varieties of bluestem, side oats grama, Texas winter grass, Arizona cottontop, blue grama, buffalo grass, tobosa, vine-mesquite, western wheat grass and sand drop seed. With favorable winter moisture, wildrye and filaree are abundant over major portions of the ranch. Approximately 6,300 acres are in cultivation, scattered over about a dozen fields throughout the ranch. All of the cultivated land is farmed on a dryland basis, principally farmed in wheat for seasonal grazing of livestock. With large areas of the ranch having very productive soils, it is estimated that an additional 10,000 acres could be broken out and farmed, if desired. With normal precipitation, this area of Texas is considered desirable wheat pasture country. LOCATION The ranch is generally located immediately west of Stamford, Texas, but two small non-contiguous tracts are located north and east of Stamford. Access to all major portions of the ranch are by paved highways and county roads. The ranch has an extensive network of well-maintained private ranch roads, making the property very accessible overall. Abilene, Texas is approximately 40 miles south of the ranch, with Fort Worth being approximately 180 miles to the east and Lubbock being approximately 140 miles to the northwest. The ranch is located on the Texas Rolling Plains, which is an area widely recognized for ranching, farming, mineral production, and in more recent years, outstanding hunting. HISTORY The historic Swenson Ranches trace their origin to Svante Magnus Swenson, the first Swedish immigrant to arrive in Texas, landing near what is now Galveston in 1838. The famous SMS brand, with two backward S’s was one of the first registered in Texas and was derived from Swenson’s initials. Swenson, a close ally of Sam Houston, played an active role in the state’s early history. He served as Travis County Commissioner in the 1850’s and as the first Treasurer of the State Agriculture Society. Swenson opened one of the first stores in Austin, introduced the Colt revolver to the frontier, and established the Swedish Pipeline which brought thousands of Swedish families to settle in Texas after the Civil War. A cabin from Swenson’s farm east of Austin, called Govalle, is enshrined today at Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin as part of the Swedish Pioneer Village. By 1850 Svante had established himself in the general merchandise business in Austin. His large frontier trading post traded saddles, boots, blankets and many other supplies. Through his trading, Swenson began acquiring substantial amounts of land. Swenson also invested in railroad bonds and school bonds which entitled him to even more acreage. By 1860 Swenson had accumulated over 680,000 acres in Texas, much of it the unsettled territories on North Texas, north of Abilene. It was from these lands that the Flat Top Ranch was organized and is still owned by S.M. Swenson’s direct descendants. Because he was an ally of Houston’s and a vocal opponent of secession from the Union, Swenson was nearly assassinated at the beginning of the Civil War. With continuing threats on his life, he fled to Mexico in 1863 hidden under straw in a covered wagon. After the Civil War he settled in New York City where his wife and children joined him. He sold off his holdings around Austin, but maintained ownership of the land in the northern parts of Texas. In 1882 these lands were fenced and organized by Swenson’s sons, Eric and Swen Albin, and the vast ranching operations began. Initially the sons leased the ranches from their father and when Svante died in 1896, they inherited the properties. At this time there were three ranches: Ericsdahl, Eleonora and Mount Albin. The Ericsdahl Ranch which was located 7 miles east of Stamford was split up and sold to Swedish immigrants in the early 1900’s. Eleonora became known as the Throckmorton Ranch because it was in that county. The Mount Albin Ranch became known as the Flat Top Ranch because of a prominent mesa on the property. This is the ranch that Chas. S. Middleton and Son, LLC, has for sale today. The Swenson brothers hired one of S.M. Swenson’s nephews as the first manager of the overall operations. He was responsible for stocking the ranches and overseeing the construction of the headquarters, barns, and corrals, as well as the drilling of water wells. The first herds were comprised of 1,800 high-grade Durham Shorthorns and 180 Hereford-Shorthorn crosses along with registered Hereford bulls. The original remuda was driven up the Chisolm Trail from Round Rock, Texas where many Swedes had settled. The horses were a mix of Spanish and Arabian stock. The first ranch hands were mostly Swedish immigrants who had settled first in towns around Austin, like Round Rock, New Sweden and Elgin and many others came directly from Sweden. The ranches continued to grow as the family purchased the Scab 8 Ranch in 1900, adding another 79,000 acres of land to their holdings and renamed it the Tongue River Ranch. In 1906 they purchased the Espuela Ranch with other partners which gave them access to over 200,000 acres more. This ranch became the Spur Ranch and while much of it was sold off in the 1920’s, the family still owned 65,000 acres of it until the 1970’s. In order to make it easier to get their cattle to market, the Swenson brothers convinced the Texas Central Railroad to extend its rail line from Albany, Texas, 38 miles to the east, to the place that is now Stamford, Texas. The family donated the initial 640 acres from the Flat Top Ranch for the town and helped lay it out. The present headquarters for the Swenson Land & Cattle Co, was built in the town, on Swenson Street, in the 1920’s. Some of the property that is part of the Flat Top Ranch remains inside or adjacent to the town limits, including a recent purchase of about 132 acres that contains substantial cattle pens for feeding, weaning, etc. The Texas Cowboy Reunion Rodeo grounds, still the largest working cowboy rodeo in the US, was founded in Stamford by the Swenson heirs in 1930 on land that they also donated from their Flat Top holdings. In 1902 the Swenson brothers hired Frank S. Hastings as manager of their far-flung ranches and over the next two decades committed to the breeding and improvement of the SMS cattle. Under Hastings’ supervision, SMS became among the first ranches to participate in the “mail order” calf business. The cattle won many awards and developed a reputation for quality that remains today. Eric Swenson, Svante’s oldest son, remained as president of the ranches until his death in 1945. He was succeeded by one of his sons, Swen R. Swenson. In 1978 the holdings totaling over 250,000 acres were divided among four family groups. Three of the groups have since sold their ranches. The remaining group, whose land includes the Flat Top Ranch, was headed by Bruce B Swenson, one of Swen R. Swenson’s sons, and included Bruce’s brothers, Rod and Perry Swenson. The three brothers have passed away and the company that owns the Flat Top Ranch is now the Swenson Land & Cattle Co. and is chaired by Steve Swenson, one of Bruce’s sons. All the board of directors and shareholders are descendants of Svante Magnus Swenson. In recent years Swenson Land & Cattle has continued as a strong cow/calf operator and almost always gets the highest price for its class of cattle at Superior Livestock Auctions and other venues. Cattle buyers for Whole Foods have purchased the ranch’s cattle over the last 5-6 years. As a result, the Global Animal Partnership (GAP), Whole Food’s third party certification partner, has made on-site inspections of the ranch’s operations twice in the last 5 years. The ranch received a GAP 4 rating indicating it uses best practices for humane treatment of its cattle for an operation of this size. The ranch hands, now headed by Mark Voss, have won several ranch rodeo competitions over the past several years in places like Wichita Falls and Abilene. Wildlife is abundant at Flat Top and hunting leases have contributed substantial revenue in the past 10 years or so. The company sells a small amount of cattle to Svante’s Ranch Direct, a company owned by several S.M. Swenson descendants. They sell grass finished beef through farmers markets, a web site and food truck in the Austin area. As the years have gone by and the family tree continues to grow, shareholders have become more and more dispersed throughout the US and their interests have become more diverse. With many shareholders now in their mid-to late 60’s, the board reluctantly voted to sell Flat Top in order to provide some liquidity to those who wanted some. Selling Flat Top was not an easy decision for the family especially knowing that this heritage that traces directly to S.M. Swenson would pass from his great great-grandchildren and future descendants. However, the family has concluded that this the right time in their lives to do this. Sources: Clark, Mary Whatley - The Swenson Saga and the SMS Ranches (Austin, Texas: Jenkins Book Publishing Co. 1976); Baize, Wayne – Swenson Land & Cattle Company (2014); Anderson, H. Allen - SMS Ranches (Texas State Historical Association) WATER FEATURES The Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River flows in a northeasterly direction through the ranch for approximately seven miles. Large tree cover is common along the river bottom with cedar found along the ridgelines and canyon side slopes. This area of the ranch is considered very scenic and offers great recreational appeal. Additionally, there are a number of smaller seasonal creeks throughout the property. The ranch is well watered by over 40 water wells, being a combination of windmills and electric submersible wells. These water sources distribute water to an extensive network of approximately 25 miles of waterlines and over 100 drinking troughs. Other water sources include approximately 140 earthen ponds, some of which are seasonal, with others being very large and considered to be a desirable year-round source of livestock water. Overall, the ranch is considered to be well watered. LIVESTOCK/CATTLE OPERATIONS Historically, the Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch has been operated as a cow/calf operation. Depending on weather conditions, the ranch is typically stocked with 850 – 1,000 mother cows, plus bulls and replacements. The ranch maintains a quality cow herd and while the cattle are not included in the sale, they are available to be purchased at market price. Current livestock inventory is approximately 855 bred cows, 90 bred heifers and 70 bulls. HUNTING, WILDLIFE AND RECREATION The Flat Top Division offers great hunting opportunities, including white tail deer, quail, dove, feral hogs and seasonal water fowl. Fishing is available in the river and several of the larger ponds. IMPROVEMENTS The ranch owns a small grow yard located just west of Stamford. The pens are of pipe construction with complete working facilities, scales and some covered pens. This tract has some adjoining pasture and farmland, which compliments the grow yard. The property is adequately improved for the day to day ranching operation. In addition to the grow yard, other structural improvements include the main headquarters, the Taylor Camp, the Farm Center, and approximately 17 sets of livestock shipping/working/branding pens. The headquarter improvements consist of the ranch manager’s home, several employee houses, barns, horse stalls and a large set of livestock shipping pens, which are equipped with scales. The Taylor Camp is improved with a camp manager’s home, bunk house and shipping pens equipped with scales. The Farm Center improvements include a metal barn/shop with a fenced area for housing farm equipment and fuel. The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is fenced and cross fenced into many multiple pastures, and most all of the fences are considered to be in average to above average condition. Totally, there are approximately 166 miles of fencing on the ranch. RESOURCES There is scattered oil production on the ranch. The original oil production was first discovered in the early 1950’s and some of this original production is still producing. In 1978, as briefly mentioned in the History of the Swenson Ranches, the four Swenson Families agreed to partition all of the ranches into four separate family divisions. After the ranches were partitioned, the three other families began selling off their divisions. At the time of this partition, each division of the Swenson Ranches had all or most all of the minerals intact. Each of the four families received one-quarter of the minerals under each of the four divisions. That being the case, the Swenson Family members owning the Flat Top Division have approximately 25% of the minerals under this ranch. Current royalty income is fairly substantial. New drilling is now underway, and recent development would suggest the possibility of a substantial new income source from oil. Since it is very difficult to determine the present value and future potential of the minerals, the family has elected to negotiate on the mineral conveyance based on the final offering price for the property. Based on the family owning approximately 25% of the minerals under the Flat Top Division, current royalty income is approximately $200,000 per year on the original production and approximately $600,000 per year on the newly discovered production. In addition to the income derived from the cattle operation and farming income, other sources of income include hunting lease revenue, periodic surface damage income and income derived from oil and gas leases and oil and gas royalty production. The hunting is leased on a year to year basis and can be extended if a buyer is not interested in hunting, or terminated, if the buyer wants possession of the hunting. The ranch just negotiated a gas pipeline easement crossing approximately 7 miles of the ranch. This pipeline has just been installed and the utility company has re-seeded this easement with grass. The ranch collected $1,300,000 for this easement. While there are no major electric transmission lines currently located on the ranch, many large wind farm developments and transmission lines are located throughout this region of Texas. With this in mind, the owners of the Flat Top Division propose to reserve 25% of any future wind energy royalty income, but the purchaser of the ranch will have full control of negotiating any future wind energy leases. PRICE AND REMARKS The Flat Top Division of the Swenson Ranch is very reasonably priced at $985 per acre. It is very seldom that a ranch of this magnitude and history becomes available in this area of Texas. The owners of the ranch are currently in the process of surveying the entire property in order to establish the exact acres of the ranch. This survey is being paid for by the owners. Property taxes are approximately $63,000 per year or about $1.50 per acre. BROKER COMMENTS The ranch is generally operated with approximately eight full-time employees. In addition to the very knowledgeable ranch manager, there is clerical help at the office in Stamford along with additional farm/ranch employees, including the Taylor Camp manager. All together this efficient staff keeps the books, pays bills, manages the day to day farming and ranching operation, maintains the property and meets with the family on a regular basis. As the broker selected to market this property, it is apparent the current employees are a valuable asset to the ranch and a buyer of this property should strongly consider keeping everyone on board. All employees are anxious to remain with the ranch. This long-term ownership ranch has not been offered for sale throughout the 165-year history of the property. This first time offering of the Swenson Flat Top Ranch is an historic opportunity to own a quality working cattle ranch, which includes an extensive farming operation that can be expanded, if desired. In addition to farming and ranching, the property offers excellent hunting opportunities, potential future wind farm development, periodic surface damage income, and the potential to share in some portion of the mineral income.
$40,385,000

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12,000 Acres The Durando Yeehaw Ranch
#FL253395
Okeechobee, 
11,995.00 acres
Crosby & Associates, Inc. is proud to present The Durando Yeehaw Ranch in Okeechobee County, FL. Sprawling over more than eighteen sections of land, this fantastic ranch property is an investment and enjoyment opportunity of the rarest kind. Only minutes from access to the Florida Turnpike, the ranch presents the opportunity for multiple agricultural income pursuits, as well as some of the finest hunting in the state. Cattle operations, sod cutting, hunting leases, and multiple deep wells offer the prospective buyer many avenues for revenue. Home to a plethora of endangered species, and situated in the headwaters of the Everglades, this property is also very valuable as a land and wildlife conservation asset. With the continued development boom in the state of Florida, this is a very rare opportunity to own a contiguous +/-12,000 acres, with zero encumbrances, located within an hour of greater Orlando. +/-12,000 contiguous acres 5 mins from FL Turnpike Large scale cattle operation Abundant Wildlife Sod Harvesting Multiple deep wells Soils suitable for farming
$47,400,000

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5487 Acres | Montgomery County Transition
#TX257010
Montgomery, 
5,487.00 acres
Montgomery County Transition 1st time open market offering. Large tract in the heart of Houston metro expansion/development and Montgomery County, TX. Half way between Interstate 45 and Interstate 69 (US 59). North of FM 242, NE of The Woodlands, TX, SE of Conroe, TX. Transition forestry property with big frontage and multiple points of access. Managed timberland in excellent condition with ongoing management practices. Located in the Conroe ISD and Splendora ISD within a few minutes of schools. Residual out tracts scattered throughout, see Out Tracts Summary document below. Access can be obtained along Timber Switch Road Investors/developers, this property falls within an Opportunity Zone!
$43,868,565

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Blue Hills Elk Ranch
#NM262117
Catron, 
5,430.00 acres
Majestic mesas, a familiar landmark of southwestern New Mexico, covered in pinon, juniper, and cedar, along with open meadows of gramma grass and wildflowers make up the terrain and landscape of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. Spectacular sunrises over the Sawtooth Mountains in the wee hours of the morning, distant views of the snowcapped, 11,300 foot, Mount Taylor in the winter months, along with the anticipation of seeing elk, antelope, mule deer, predators, small game, and a variety of feathered friends enhance the surroundings of Blue Hills Elk Ranch, making each day an adventure in itself. The Blue Hills Elk Ranch is located at a comfortable elevation of 7,200 feet, between Pie Town and Grants, in New Mexico’s largest county, Catron County. Situated in Game Management Unit 12 the ranch received 5 highly coveted rifle elk tags. Healthy gramma grass and numerous drinkers provide feed and water for 70 to 80 AUM year-round on approximately 5,430 acres of deeded lands and 640 acres of state leased lands. Unique to hunting in southwestern New Mexico, the Blue Hills Elk Ranch typically receives 5 rifle elk permits annually. Several trophy bulls scoring over 375 have been taken in Unit 12 over the past several years, and no doubt others will be taken in years to come. Other hunting in the area, and on the ranch, includes mountain lion, black bear, coyotes, and other small game species. Historically Blue Hills Elk Ranch runs a minimum of 70 to 80 cows year round, although this number can increase to 100 with good precipitation. The ranch is divided into 4 pastures with good water distribution throughout. The north portion of the ranch has one well and storage tank, and 2 dirt tanks. Natural lakes in the northeast corner provide additional water for livestock and wildlife. A very good, 480 foot well on the south portion of the ranch is solar powered with a 220 horse submersible pump. It supplies a 5,000 gallon water storage tank and pipeline to 3 large rubber tire tanks in 3 separate pastures. The south portion of the ranch has 2 dirt tanks. Heading north from The Blue Hills Elk Ranch to Grants and I-40 takes approximately 45 minutes and from I-40 east to Albuquerque takes approximately 1 hour. The famous little community of Pie Town is about 30 minutes south of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. Blue Hills Elk Ranch experiences four splendid seasons. Rocky red bluffs covered in winter snow, the early warmth of spring, sudden summer thunderstorms, and fall pastures of green grass and wildflowers exemplify the beauty of Blue Hills Elk Ranch. Located in a semi-arid climate, the ranch receives an annual precipitation of 11 inches. Average high temperatures are in the 70s and average low temperatures are in the 30s with the sun shining 275 to 300 days a year. Over 6,000 acres of magnificent country with scenic views in all directions, terrain that ranges from grassy meadows to rocky bluffs and rolling pinon juniper covered mountains, 5 rifle elk tags in an excellent hunting area, and the capacity to run a minimum of 70 to 80 cows year round, amounts to a fantastic ranch with a multitude of surrounding beauty and recreational
$4,300,000

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Double Nickel on the Niobrara
#NE457821
Cherry, 
34,617.00 acres
Located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, the Double Nickel on the Niobrara is one of the finest ranches in the Midwest. An extremely diverse landscape of Sandhills grasslands, pine covered hills and draws, irrigated production farmland and wooded river bottoms provide an amazing combination of beauty, production and recreation seldom seen in a single offering.This unique property is nestled in the beautiful Sandhills region of Northwestern Nebraska, tucked against the Niobrara National Scenic River. This diverse terrain totals approximately 34,617+/- deeded acres with the opportunity for approximately 22,607+/- leased acres. Traveling through the ranch, one will find open plains, rugged terrain and scenic trails through many wooded areas following the 7 miles of river. Excellent wildlife habitat with river bottom and Ponderosa pine covered hills, dramatic caprock views. This income producing ranch offers something for everyone including the cow/calf rancher, seasoned investor, or outdoors enthusiast. Ideal for operating cattle and crop production, this beautiful property could also make an amazing country gentleman’s ranch and getaway. Double Nickel on the Niobrara is that special place, perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.Cattle Operation:Featuring a capacity for carrying up to 4200 mother cows, the cash flow and the potential of this investment is unparalleled. The current owners operate the ranch with production on the pivots in various types of forage for cattle. Alfalfa, Sudan grass, sorghum and native grass are produced to continue the carrying capacity throughout the year. Across the ranch there are well designed and maintained cattle working facilities that include a 500 head feedlot, large calving shed and livestock barn, and multiple outbuildings.Water:The ranch offers an abundance of quality water. Water is pumped from multiple wells as well as pump stations along the river for livestock and irrigating crops. An extensive system consisting of windmills, solar wells, pipeline, and tanks provide water throughout the ranch. All irrigation pumps and pivots operate with electricity on both ranches. Currently, 13 Center Irrigation Pivots combine for over 2200 acres of irrigated crop land. There are also multiple lakes and ponds located on the ranch, 7 miles of the Niobrara River as well as several miles of Medicine Creek and Steer Creek. (Average rainfall in the area is 19”-22” annually.) Recreation:Double Nickel on the Niobrara is a hunter’s paradise. High quality habitat and readily available water make the ranch a diverse haven to all kinds of wildlife. Starting with the largest inhabitants, the ranch is home to over 200 elk with bulls averaging 310”- 360” Boone and Crockett. Large herds of Mule deer and Whitetail deer can be found both along the river as well as out in the Sandhills offering the opportunity for high quality trophy bucks. Huge flocks of Merriam’s Turkey can be found moving along the fields and tree lined banks of the river. Other wildlife that call the ranch home include Pheasants, prairie chicken, several kinds of ducks as well as Canada geese. Coyotes, bobcat, and the occasional Mountain Lion have all traveled the expanse of the property. There are fishing opportunities in the river and the many ponds on the ranch that include trout and a mix of warm water species. The river provides plenty of opportunity for float trips on tubes, canoe or as the locals like to travel….in a stock tank. Under current operations, the ranch is leased out for hunting. There are cabins on the ranch to accommodate guests, hunters, or fisherman. Other Agri-tourism revenue streams are possible to accompany the hunting operations.The Ranch Details:The ranch consists of 2 units, the East & the West. The West Unit being a mix of sandhills pastures and excellent sub-irrigated and irrigated bottoms. It also has multiple ponds, two lakes and Medicine Creek that flows through its entirety. The West unit also has two residences and multiple outbuildings for the cattle and farming operation.  The East Unit sits along the banks of the Niobrara River and lays adjacent to largest portion of the lease on the Sam McKelvie National Forest. Good feed production with sub-irrigated meadows and pivot irrigated fields. The East Unit has several nice homes, cabins, multiple steel Morton buildings, grain storage.Double Nickel on the Niobrara East:     15,300+/- Deeded Acres     16,500+/- Leased Acres (Samuel R McKelvie Forest Lease)      2,107+/- Leased Acres (State and/or Private Leases)     4 Houses & 4 Cabins     Additional Outbuildings: Shop, Machinery Shed, Calving Sheds, Fire Truck Garage     240,000-Bushel Storage Facility     9 Center Irrigation Pivots with ground & surface water rights (1,484+/- acres)     7 miles of Niobrara River FrontageDouble Nickel on the Niobrara West:     19,317+/- Deeded Acres     4,000+/- Leased Acres (Samuel R McKelvie Forest Lease)     4 Houses     500+/- Head Feedlot     4 Center Irrigation Pivots with ground water rights (764+/- irrigated acres)Location:< 1-hour drive from Valentine, NE3.5-hour drive from Rapid City, SD6-hour drive from Omaha, NE6.5-hour drive from Denver, CO Nearest Airports:Miller Field- Valentine Nebraska (VTN)Runway 3701’x60’ asphaltFuel available- 100LL, Jet AHangers and tiedowns availableDistance to ranch-26 milesAinsworth Regional Airport-Ainsworth, Nebraska (ANW)Runway- 6824’ x 110’ asphaltFuel available- 100LL, Jet A.Distance to ranch-71 milesThomas County Airport- Thedford, Nebraska (TIF)Runway- 4400’ x 60’ asphaltFuel available- 100LL, self-service credit card.Hangers and tiedowns availableDistance to ranch-91 milesNorth Platte Regional Airport- North Platte Nebraska (LBF) Commercial service availableRunway- 8001’x150’ concrete/groovedRunway-4436’x100’ concreteFuel-100LL, Jet AHangers and tiedowns availableDistance to ranch-157 milesOther Area Attractions:Smith Falls State Park, Forth Niobrara and Valentine National Wildlife Refuges as well as Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area which is some of the best Walleye fishing in northern Nebraska. Fredrick Peak Golf Course is a fantastic 10-hole course designed by the Lehman Design Group know for the Dunes course at the Prairie Club.Livestock and machinery: Not included in listing price. 
$42,500,000

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Cimarron Valley Ranch
#CO261406
Baca, 
45,039.00 acres
Spreading over 45,000 contiguous acres in Southeast Colorado rests the Cimarron Valley Ranch, located between Elkhart, Kansas and Keyes, Oklahoma.  Over 70 square miles of cattle ranch includes approximately 22 miles of the historic Cimarron River running from Oklahoma into Colorado, coming within two miles of bridging the Comanche National Grasslands to the Cimarron National Grasslands in Kansas.  These two national grasslands, along with state land in Oklahoma, connects this ranch to almost a million acres of public land. The Cimarron Valley Ranch truly offers incredible diversity in regard to terrain, wildlife, livestock grazing, income opportunities and more.Overview: This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a ranch that currently supports 1,600 mother cows while managing some of the best hunting in the country.  The river bottom on this ranch averages just under a mile wide for the entire length of the ranch (22 miles) providing excellent soils, water, rotational grazing, excellent habitat and grass.  This mega-ranch is very diverse with wild game and is inhabited by Mule Deer, Rocky Mountain Elk, White-tailed Deer, Rio Grande Turkeys, Bobwhite Quail, and Blue Quail.  It is not unlikely to hunt bugling elk with over-the-counter licenses the same day as working dogs on large coveys of bobwhite and blue quail. Cattle Operation: Currently the ranch has over 1,600 mother cows and there is abundant grass and excellent water. The cattle operation is under excellent management and the program is about stewardship and balance between the improvement of wildlife habitat and the management and improvement of cattle grazing resources. The ranch is very well-watered, and the fences and working facilities are in good condition. The river bottom and the diversity of the landscape allow for rotational grazing at its finest.  With an excellent mix of grasses during all seasons and access to running calves on wheat pasture and triticale, this operation will put excellent pounds of gain on cattle.  The turn-key headquarters has good holding corrals, ranch manager facilities, barns, sheds and cattle working facilities.Water: The ranch is rich in water and provides sustainability for game and livestock alike. Currently 10 pivots are in place with quality water supply, and 10 additional pivots are approved with permits for doubling the tillable crop ground to increase the carrying capacity to 2,000 head. Over 40 stock tanks are littered throughout the ranch and The Cimarron River runs underground through most of the property, with watering holes and ponds littered along the river bottom.Game Management: With over 18 square miles of tree covered river bottom, wildlife has year around protection, excellent nesting cover, ample water and plenty of room for habitual movement. The well-managed property has over 780 acres of food plots in the river bottom with 14 high quality shooting houses.  The plots are planted with wheat, triticale, milo, sorghum and some turnips.  This acreage is accretion ground and has excellent soils that make up almost 10,000 acres of very fertile grass and cropland in just the river bottom. Big Game Hunting: This area is famous for excellent quality animals with respect to mule deer and white-tailed deer, but also offers a resident herd of elk year around! It is expected that the next state record white-tail may come from this area or the Arkansas River drainage to the north. It is not uncommon to have free range white-tails over 175 inches and much larger.  The ranch has world class animals with many mule deer over 180 inches and an elk herd that is improving each year with great crop and habitat practices. The ranch receives a good number of deer tags as vouchers in Colorado and Oklahoma allows for two buck licenses.  Elk tags for bull elk are over the counter and the season runs from September to January with any legal method of take.  In Colorado, the elk licenses are classified as “C Tag”, which means you can harvest a bull and buy another tag! This works very well for game managers as this tool helps on taking inferior animals out of the herd.  Elk quality in this area varies, but with such a large tract, some management can improve quality.  There have been bulls killed on the ranch up to 370 inches. In a nutshell, this property holds excellent numbers of fine animals and the game laws in Colorado and Oklahoma for this area lend well for the serious hunters. Quail: The quail populations on the ranch are World Class.  Blue Quail or Scaled Quail inhabit the hillsides on the upper sides of the river bottom and present excellent sporting opportunities for wing shooting.  Bobwhite Quail are prolific along the river bottom and are currently in record numbers on the ranch.  It is not uncommon to bust 20 plus coveys of 25-35 birds per day on the ranch.  The mixed bag of Bobs and Blues and two states to hunt make the opportunity even better. Pheasants: There are pheasants finding the great habitat planted along the river.  A great spring will offer excellent hatches next fall! There are over 600,000 acres of public land adjacent to this ranch with excellent wildlife populations. Believe me when you plant food and provide water they show up! Waterfowl: Waterfowl hunting on the ranch is undeveloped, but the land is located in a good area for traffic of waterfowl.  Improvement of sloughs and some ponds could greatly enhance the waterfowl hunting. The Lesser Prairie Chicken: The Lesser Prairie Chicken can be found on the southern portion of the ranch. This area of Colorado, Oklahoma and adjoining Kansas Cimarron National Grassland hold and grow a good number of Lesser Prairie Chicken.  This area is considered one of the premier spots to observe the birds. The lesser prairie chicken is listed on the endangered species list so hunting is not allowed. Locally, the Lesser Prairie Chicken primarily inhabits sand-sage prairie south of the Cimarron River, a strip about two to five miles wide.The Lesser Prairie Chicken is similar in appearance to the Greater Prairie Chicken, although it is slightly smaller and its air sacs on its neck are red-orange in color, whereas the greater has yellow-orange air sacs. Lesser Prairie Chickens are dependent upon rangeland conditions. Sand-sage prairie, with its mixture of short and mid-grasses, sagebrush, and yucca components, provides the birds with nesting and brood rearing cover, and food.The Lodge: There is a 7,000 square foot lodge, which was built in 2005 and has 7 bedrooms and 7 baths and is in first class condition.  The lodge offers a commercial kitchen and excellent open floor plan with high ceilings and an indoor wood burning fireplace.  There is an exciting trap range just out the back door for owners’ enjoyment.  The main lodge sits overlooking the Cimarron River and some low water ponds in the river bottom.  Privacy is at its best on the Cimarron Valley Ranch offering good access with only one road in and one road out.  Cimarron National Grassland: The Cimarron National Grassland, located just 2.5 miles east on the river, is one of twenty National Grasslands administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Located within Morton and Stevens Counties in southwestern Kansas, the Cimarron National Grassland contains 108,175 acres.Comanche National Grassland: The Comanche National Grassland includes over 440, 000 acres in southeastern Colorado. On the Comanche National Grassland, you can explore southeastern Colorado’s rich history. The Grassland has many stories to tell, from dinosaurs roaming the shoreline of a vast lake 150 million years ago, to Mexican and American traders traveling the Santa Fe Trail 150 years ago.The Santa Fe Trail: The Santa Fe Trail goes through immediate area and across the ranch.  This rich historic trail offers many tails of long ago.  It truly signifies that the West is and was a great place!  This ranch, with its ability to connect two large national grasslands, is very rare.  We may never see another time to accomplish such an important task.Ranch Landscape: Rock cliffs, cottonwood groves, grassy fields, yucca and sage brush are scattered throughout the land. Elevation ranges from 3,150 to 3,540 feet. Seasonal variety is provided by native grasses and riparian vegetation along the Cimarron River. The geology of the area includes sandstone, shale, limestone, sand and gravel.Area Climate: The climate here is characterized by mild winters, hot dry summers and cool evenings. Spring and Fall seasons have moderate temperatures accompanied by an occasional windy day. Precipitation, usually less than 19 inches per year, is concentrated from April to September. Snowfall is minimal and short-lived. This ranch has such diversity it is hard to explain. Twenty-two miles of highly productive river bottom within 2.5 miles of connecting the Cimarron National Grassland with the Comanche National Grassland is truly amazing. Grazing, hunting, history, improvements, irrigation, cattle and wildlife!  The production potential and sheer vast amounts of highly productive land on this operation make it a very rare offering.  Please give us a call for a private showing of this fine ranch. *Listing excludes Cattle, Equipment & Land Minerals. 
$39,900,000

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Half Circle L Ranch
#FL458798
Collier, 
9,805.00 acres
Half Circle L Ranch is a 9824 +/- acre ranch and farming operation located near Immokalee Florida. This property is one of the last large contiguous land holdings available in southwest Florida. This property has been owned and managed by the same family for 4 generations and has great hunting, farming and ranching operations. The ranch land consist of improved pasture, oak and palm hammocks along with old world cypress strands. The ranch currently runs 800 cow calf pairs. The property has cattle pens, working chutes, and holding pens to support the cattle operations. The ranch land offers excellent hunting with all major species offered in Florida. Osceola Turkey, Whitetail Deer and hogs are abundant. There are two hunting lodge areas which have nice cabins, skinning rooms and walk in coolers. All these areas have back up generators to ensure power when needed.. . There are 1,528 +/ net farm acres on this property. The farmland is currently leased to excellent farm tenants. The leases are annual leases with excellent income potential for the prospective buyer. Other income sources consist of timber, sod and palmetto berry harvest. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a great working ranch/agribusiness in southwest Florida.
$37,897,000

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STRAND RANCH
#MT238304
Chouteau, 
30,654.00 acres
Offered for sale for the first time since 1944, the Historic Strand Ranch, nestled at the base of the Highwood Mountains of north central Montana, is comprised of 30,974± total acres of which 28,894± are deeded, 1,760 acres are State of Montana Lease and 320 acres are BLM Lease. The Ranch comfortably carries 1,100 head of mother cows. Five creeks, dozens of springs, ponds and developed water provide an abundant water resource for livestock and wildlife. Water developments have been strategically located throughout the Ranch providing numerous fresh water sources in each pasture. The water resources on the Ranch are unique and abundant for this region of the State. Cottonwood Creek runs through the length of the Ranch providing a classic western cottonwood-lined riparian corridor creating a rich wildlife habitat. Round Butte, a notable landmark in the region, is completely within the confines of the deeded acreage and provides an idyllic ecosystem for about 30 head of native mountain goats. The iconic Square Butte adjoins the Ranch on the northeast border. The timbered foothills of the Highwood Mountains and the lush riparian corridors harbor good populations of elk, deer and upland game birds including sharp-tail grouse and Hungarian partridge. Strand Ranch is a step back in time and provides privacy and solace in one of the best ranching and recreational areas the west has to offer. With over 30,000 blocked up-contiguous acres, Strand Ranch offers a unique opportunity to own one of the truly old-line family ranches of Montana.
$35,250,000

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Agri Enterprise 3750-rb
#OK197348
Bryan, 
3,750.00 acres
Property Description Name of Property: Agri Enterprise 3750 Status: New Price: $34,950,000 Acreage: 3,750 Location: Operations service the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Closest Town: Durant, OK and Colbert,OK Access: paved and gravel county roads Taxes: $undetermined at this time Topography: flat to rolling Improvements: Headquarter Residence,shops,barns & equipment Home Sqft: 3,177 Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 Forage: burmuda,native,clovers,alfalfa,grazon,silage Capacity: 350 mama cows and 1,000 head feeders Water: Rural Water District, wells and pumps Wildlife: Dear, turkey, ducks, geese, fox, coyotes,etc. Utilities: Electric Comments: Our country was developed by a breed of pioneers that were noted for being entrepreneurial and innovative. The Agri Enterprise is the epitome of the pioneer effort. The owners have developed each section of the property to produce at its highest level based on the effective use of the amenities that nature has provided with while protecting the environment. The home place has a deep 30 surface acre lake that irrigates corn or sorghum crops, the balance is well maintained pastures of Bermuda, rye, native clovers as well as other formage for the mama cow operation. Another portion of the ranch houses employees along with a commercially equipped shop, equipment sheds, silage pit, hay storage, along with state of the art tractors, feed trucks, hay grinders, disks, plows, planters, cattle haulers, etc. The Elite Sod Farms, LLC has state of the art sod preparation, seeding, fertilizing, mowing, cutting and stacking for the most efficient marketing cycle. The pallets are then loaded on Semi trailers for delivery to the customer. The irrigation system has approximately 8 miles of underground pipe that utilizes the surface water from the Red River. (Permits in place.) There is approximately 360 acres available for expansion with the irrigation pipe in place. The Sod Farm sits on top of thousands of tons of sand aggregates from river rock to cement sands to possibly fracking sand. The residential and commercial growth area from Dallas to Oklahoma City includes Dallas/Fort Worth, Frisco and Denison, Texas and Durant, Ardmore, Pauls Valley, Norman and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma which is predicted to keep the demand for sod and sands at an increasing level for the next 30 years. This is a turn-key operation which would include one year of management consulting from the Owner with all employees, customer lists, equipment, cattle and feed. (A list will be negotiated to be as of a certain closing date.) THIS IS A ONE OF A KIND IONIC OPERATION. New born calf to packing house with home grown forage. - See more at: http://www.worldclassranches.com/rural-estates-homes/agri-enterprise-3750#sthash.rWoizLdi.dpuf
$34,950,000

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Trull Creek Ranch
#CO427177
Routt, 
1,140.00 acres
Location, Location, Location! When thinking of the perfect ranch, the 1,100+ acre Trull Creek Ranch is everything you have dreamed of and more in a legacy property. Just 10 minutes to Downtown Steamboat Springs and its famous ski resort, this offering is very private and boasts everything you would want in a World Class property!The backdrop to this amazing ranch is Sleeping Giant Mountain, a historic landmark just west of the Elk River Valley. The centerpiece of the ranch is a gorgeous 15,000 +/- square foot custom home.  This home is located in its very own private valley with big views of Steamboat Springs ski area and the surrounding mountains.  This exquisite home has everything the very discerning buyer would expect. The floorplan is the best I have ever seen, and it showcases big views of Sleeping Giant mountain and Steamboat Ski Area throughout the home. Internal views of the ranch offer lush hay meadows and beautiful vistas with aspen and oak brush in all directions. This "end-of-the-road" estate is exceedingly rare this close to town. To find this type of privacy, luxury, and seclusion with river so close to a world class destination is virtually unheard of, a once in a lifetime opportunity.   The home was designed with entertaining and time with family in mind. The details of this custom home are unprecedented, and it truly offers all the amenities of your own private resort. The indoor pool is fitted with a diving board and a gradual shallow end for children. The pool area is very well equipped with showers, a hot tub, and many amenities you would find in the best resorts. The kitchen is very well appointed with a custom island and opens to a beautiful great room with an enormous rock fireplace.    So "Colorado", and so well done, you will want to spend all your time there. Whether it is enjoying the private balconies off each suite or your morning coffee on the flagstone patio overlooking the beautifully landscaped grounds, there is plenty of room to take in that clean mountain air! The home has 7 unique well-planned suites and 7.5 baths all decorated with the most amazing touches.  Just behind the main home in the valley is the large barn with indoor arena and stalls.  There are two caretaker homes on the front of the property adjoining the main road and the river.  The ranch is very well watered with good hay production for cattle and wildlife, and the current owners have a cattle and hay lease in place with a local rancher. If enjoying time in the outdoors is important, this ranch truly has it all. With Miles and miles of improved horse and mountain bike trails along with the indoor riding arena; the current owners enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, fishing for trout on the river and skiing their own private valleys and chutes to name a few.  On any occasion expect to see abundant wildlife including elk, mule deer, antelope, black bear, sharp-tailed grouse, blue grouse, and varmints.  Rugged and refined this ranch has great access to downtown Steamboat Springs and fine dining just minutes from all this enjoyment!The waters of the Elk River are stunningly beautiful and known for their tremendous numbers and quality of fish.  Over a third of a mile of river have been enhanced for maximum habitat and the current owners practice catch and release fishing. The fishing in this stretch of the Elk River is outstanding.  The ranch is bordered upstream by a shared amenity ranch that regularly stocks good size fish to augment the numbers. Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and the occasional Cutbow inhabit this section of the Elk River. The Elk River is a "freestone" river that is 34.2 miles beginning in Northwest Colorado. It flows from a confluence of the North Fork Elk River and Middle Fork Elk River in Routt National Forest north of Steamboat Springs to a confluence on the Yampa River.Located on the edge of the two largest elk herds in Colorado, the White River herd and the Snake River herd hold huge numbers giving the ranch plenty of resident animals as well as migratory elk moving through the property all season long. Elk and deer hunting are excellent on the ranch with good numbers of mule deer and great numbers of elk. Deer permits are a draw in all parts of Colorado while the elk hunting is in an over-the-counter unit for Archery, 2nd, and 3rd seasons. Elk are very prevalent on the ranch and for the right owner the ranch could produce some genuinely nice animals with good success rates. Mule deer inhabit the ranch and are also trophy quality. Good numbers of both would make for nice hunting opportunities in the fall months. Varmints and upland game also inhabit the ranch in good numbers and would provide the hunting enthusiast good opportunities outside of big game hunting. The ranch will qualify for one regular mule deer landowner application as well as one private land only application. Additionally, the ranch has been home to numerous black bears of multiple color phases as well as the occasional moose. The moose populations continue to rise in the area surrounding Steamboat Springs.For the upland hunter or the serious bird watcher, the Columbian Sharp-tail Grouse population on the ranch has historically been exceptionally good and will produce many fantastic days in the field. The large Gamble Oak/Aspen and sagebrush ridges offer prime habitat and excellent lek sites. The booming of the leks in the springtime is one of the most amazing experiences in the outdoors.  Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes and Blue Herons also inhabit the property.  Duck hunting can be excellent for a short season prior to winter weather.  The ranch is just 25 minutes from jet service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport and 5 minutes from the smaller Steamboat airport that can handle local and small jets. From mid-December to first of April, there are direct flights on Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, JetBlue, and United Airlines. United Airlines offers direct flights between Steamboat/Hayden and Denver year-round. Jet It and other shared private air service companies also fly into the local airports.The historic town of Trull, once a bustling stagecoach stop with boarding house, livery and post office and was settled in 1881 on the ranch property.  It had the first telephone in Routt County, and was up against Steamboat Springs for county seat. This kind of history truly evokes the spirit of the old west!  This history with photographs of the town of Trull can be found on YouTube and in the local Museum.  The town of Steamboat Springs is located at 6,732 ft in elevation in Colorado’s Yampa Valley. It is home to the Howelsen Hill ski area and the Steamboat Ski Resort. Not only is Steamboat known for its legendary skiing & snowboarding, but the nearby hot springs are therapeutic in nature, especially after a long day on the slopes. Located near the city center, the long-standing Old Town Hot Springs is equipped with swimming, soaking pools, and water slides. This experience is worthwhile and fun for all ages.This legacy ranch offers all the amenities one could want in a world class property.  It is the kind of property that only comes available once in a generation.  To summarize, it is simply the best. 
$32,900,000