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Purchasing Montana Beef Cattle Ranches- Land Broker MLS

Beef cattle represent Montana's most important industry. The livestock industry makes up two-thirds of the state's economy and a large portion of that is dedicated to the production of beef cattle. Montana is currently home to 27,500 farms and ranches that earn a minimum of $1,000 from agriculture activities.

Quick Note About Montana's Beef Cattle Industry

Most people assume that the beef raised on Montana's cattle ranges is destined to wind up on someone's dinner plate. While some of the cattle are raised for meat, many of Montana's cattle ranchers raise what the industry refers to as seedstock. The seedstock ranchers have herds that consist of primarily purebred brood cows and calves. The seedstock cattle rancher’s objective is careful breeding to improve the overall quality of the breed. The seedstock rancher's calves are incorporated into breeding herds all over the country.

Things to Consider When Purchasing a Montana Cattle Ranch

Most of Montana's beef cattle are grass-fed which means that during the summer time they can graze, meaning that the ranch needs to have adequate pasture land. The better the soil quality, the better each animal's feed efficiency will be. The more they have to walk and forage for food during the summer, the more calories they burn.

One of the challenges Montana cattle ranchers face is feeding their cattle during the winter. The snow is too deep for the animals to get to grass which means they need hay all winter. Most ranchers make their own hay which requires additional acreage that's set aside just for hay. The ranch also has to have space to store the hay until it's fed. Most importantly, during the winter there has to be a way to get the hay to the cattle. Most ranchers move their cattle closer to home so they don't have to transport the hay as far.

Additional Sources of Income for Montana Cattle Ranches

While some Montana cattle ranches focus primarily on beef production, others have diversified. Natural oil wells have been a source of income for some Montana cattle ranchers, while others have found they can generate a significant amount of additional revenue by turning their working cattle ranch into a vacation destination. Some vacation destination cattle ranches cater to hunters while others attract people who want to try their hand at things like riding horses, living in bunkhouses, and going on authentic cattle drives.

Issues to Consider When Purchasing a Montana Cattle Ranch

There's more to purchasing a Montana cattle ranch than simply making an offer. In addition to learning about property lines and having the buildings inspected, you'll have to consider issues connected to mineral rights, water rights, and conservation easements. Not knowing about these issues can have a massive impact on the future value of your cattle ranch.

Discussing water rights will sometimes make you feel like you're in the middle of an old Western movie. When it comes to Montana cattle ranches, issues surrounding water rights are both complicated and important. Don't even think about trying to handle the issue of water rights by yourself. Have a professional who is familiar with both water rights contracts and current local laws to guide you through the process.

Mineral rights are another issue that comes up during Montana cattle ranch sales. In most cases, the mineral rights aren't being sold, however if they are, they have the potential to drastically add to the property’s value. When discussing mineral rights, you want to know how they’ll be removed from the property, if there are any, what types of minerals are involved, and easement issues.

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