Wolf Mountain Ranch

The Wolf Mountain Ranch is truly a western big-game hunter’s paradise situated in an incredibly scenic mountain setting. The property is comprised of approximately 9,280 deeded acres, located in the heart of the Little Wolf Mountains in southeastern Montana.

Six Shooter Ranch

At over 36,000 contiguous deeded acres, Six Shooter Ranch is a vast and beautiful intermountain hunting/recreation/wilderness property located just a short drive from the renowned charm and sophistication of Bend, Oregon.

JE Canyon Ranch

With over 46,700 deeded acres, the JE Canyon Ranch represents one of Colorado’s largest private ranches and wildlife preserves on the market today. Situated in southeastern Colorado’s canyon country, the property includes unique red rock canyons that rival those in southern Utah.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Popular Cattle Breeds for New Beef Ranches

More often than not, people looking for ranches for sale in Colorado are thinking of starting a beef ranch. With the way that the national beef industry has been performing as of late, there is no wonder why.

It goes without saying that superior cattle breeds will yield superior beef. As such, only select breeds are typically raised in a beef ranch. Here are a few of the more popular ones in the United States:

Although known as a Japanese cattle breed, the truth is that the majority of the Wagyu beef used in Japan is imported from the United States and Australia. Wagyu beef is popular because of its great marbling and its rich and buttery taste.

Angus, by far, is the most popular in the United States because of the cattle's amazing ability to convert food into meat. This ability has led Angus to be regarded as the best among all cattle breeds. Also known for its superior marbling and tenderness, Angus beef is one of the most sought-after meats in the world.

Charloais cattle are known throughout the beef industry for yielding the highest percentage of sellable cuts of beef. Charolais are also popular for cross-breeding due to their great growth rate and grazing to body weight ratio.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Plants That Can Ruin a Newly Bought Cattle Ranch

If you are looking at ranches for sale (or if you have already bought one), there is a good chance that you are considering establishing a cattle raising operation. In fact, you might have already decided which breed of cattle you will use and where to sell the beef. However, have you made sure that your ranch land is safe for your cattle?

There many plants that are poisonous to cattle that can be growing on your land. These plants present a danger to your cattle, especially if you plan on letting them graze naturally. Here are two common plants that should be removed from grazing areas:

Wild Cherries
People typically do not have to worry about cherries. However, cattle ranchers should remove any wild cherry fruits and plants because their leaves and seeds are poisonous to cattle.

You may use buttercups as ornamental flowers, but you must keep them away from your cattle. All parts of the buttercup plant are poisonous to cattle, as well as to goats and horses.

Be sure to study which plants commonly grow in the state your ranch is located to help you determine which of these you should look out for when letting your cattle graze. Additionally, designate one of your ranch hands to regularly survey the grazing land in case more of these poisonous plants appear. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

What You Can Do with Ranch Land for Sale

It is no secret that purchasing real estate is a great way to diversify your investment portfolio. However, many people do not realize that investing in ranch land in Utah goes beyond tucking the land away and selling it later once the property has appreciated.

Purchasing ranch land for the sake of establishing a ranch seems like an obvious thing to do, but not many investors buy ranch land for that purpose. After all, they had already spent a good amount of money on the property and establishing a ranching operation requires a large amount of capital. What many investors do not realize, though, is that ranching can become a highly lucrative business.

One ranching operation option is to start a beef ranch, where you can raise cattle for their meat. Considering many European countries have reopened beef trade relations with the US, starting a beef ranch may be a very profitable choice.

Another option that takes advantage of current market conditions is to start a cattle breeding ranch. With more cattle set to be sold for beef, many beef ranches will have to turn to cattle breeding operations to replenish their supply.

A ranching operation is a profitable business, regardless of the type of ranch you choose to establish. If you have yet to purchase a Utah ranch for sale, be sure to choose land that best suits the needs of your preferred ranching operation.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ranch Buying: Components of a Good Business Plan

Any successful ranch owner will tell you that a sound business plan is one of the most important considerations in finding the perfect ranch to buy. Purchasing a ranch requires a huge investment, so having a well-developed business plan that clearly identifies your goals is a must. This, then begs the question: What consists a good business plan for ranch purchasers?

A good business plan must contain, among other things, the mission and vision for the business venture, production capabilities, production goals, estimated operational expenses, necessary ranch amenities, and projected income and profits. The plan must also include a list of necessary equipment, structures, facilities, and personnel. Once a plan has been finalized, it must then be compared with evaluations of ranches for sale to determine which acreage can meet expectations.

If expectations are not met, the results of the comparison can be used to identify the properties that come close. The buyer may then proceed to estimate the cost of the renovations and improvements needed to achieve production goals, which in turn will help him establish the true value of each available property.

A buyer should never finalize a ranch property purchase until he has completed a thorough evaluation of its production potential. A good business plan enables him to do so.

Friday, December 6, 2013

What Makes a Good Ranch Real Estate Company?

When it comes to purchasing a ranch, it is essential that you work with a good real estate company that knows and understands the huge investment you’re taking on. A good company will take all the steps necessary to ensure that you get the best ranch property for your needs and not theirs. Such companies make it their priority to help clients like you make the most informed decisions concerning your purchase.

Every ranch property is different, as are the potential buyers that look at them. Reputable companies know that every client has different requirements when it comes to the attributes and amenities that come with their ranch so a good ranch company will be one that’s willing to sit with you and discuss your plans exhaustively. It will, then, search its database of properties to find one that’s a perfect fit for your needs.

Some of the issues that a good ranch company will discuss with you will include accessibility, privacy, questions about agricultural operations, and the possibility of installing outdoor and sporting facilities, among other things. It doesn’t matter if you have no idea yet how to address such issues; good real estate firms will have the skills to answer these questions, or help you find answers to a potential concern, to help you determine what your true needs are.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Three Tips to Lighten Calving Days during Winter

Gearing up for a ranch purchase this winter? You might be interested in knowing a few tips to help you ensure successful calving during the cold season. Every good cowboy knows that calves need colostrum immediately within their first few hours of life, but beyond that, the tricks of the trade to make a calving season run more smoothly can vary greatly. Here are a few ideas to consider:

Provide shelter

Colder environment can compound a young cow’s efforts to feed. Thus, during inclement weather, windbreaks and bedding for the newborn animals are essential. Providing a barrier between the freezing cold and the body of a wet newborn calf can help ensure its survival.

Monitor condition

Long-time cattle operators emphasize the importance of monitoring the condition of the females before calving. This needs to be done not only to ensure adequate colostrum production, but also its ability to breed in the future. Body condition scores of 5 ½ and above will pay dividends when it comes to these two critical factors of cattle raising.

Keep calf pens clean

Sanitary calving areas are essential for getting the newborn animals off to a good start. Experts recommend dipping iodine on their navels to prevent infection. You may also want to give them a shot of vitamin B complex to boost their immune system.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Cattle

With so many cattle breeds today, choosing which one to grow on your ranch can become quite difficult. Each breed has a wide variety of characteristics that make it unique—some breeds are better suited to certain environments than others, and some are easier to manage. Despite the variety, one particular breed will surely fit your goals, so you should look into each breed to find the one that will suit your interest, resources, environment, and growing capacity.

Cattle breeds differ in size, color and markings, carcass traits, weather tolerance, etc., and are categorized either as horned, scurred (cattle selected to be polled but are historically known to be horned), or polled (cattle that have absolutely no horns). Some horned breeds have been infused with Angus genes in recent years, so the offspring are now polled. Popular European breeds such as Gelbvieh, Limousin, Salers, and Simmental now come in polled versions, if you wish.

Beef breeds are leaner and stockier than dairy breeds, because the former are meant for beef production rather than milking. Many beef breeds were originally bred for size and strength—so they can be used to pull carts, plows, and wagons—as well as for beef. When farm machinery and trucks became widespread, the muscled beef breeds ceased to be used for basic labor and started to be selectively bred solely for beef production.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tips for Farming Success: Avoid Debt

The world needs food and smart people to grow it, so if you’re seriously considering farming as a career, one thing you should avoid like the plague is debt. Why? In the last fifty years, debt has caused more farms to close than drought, pestilence, and any other acts of nature combined. If there’s one thing the recent global economic meltdown can teach you, it’s that debt can be utterly debilitating. Farmers in large numbers have abandoned their ranches simply because they didn’t have the money to pay the bank when it came a-calling.

This is not saying that debt is wrong. In fact, it offers plenty of advantages. For one thing, it allows people to reach their goals quickly. However, while borrowed money may get you that tractor or new barn your farm will eventually need, experience—the most valuable asset of all—cannot be purchased. Farming is fraught with challenges and uncertainties at every corner, and without any experience in debt, you could be financially handcuffing yourself right from the start.

Debt offers plenty of opportunities for growing a business. The trick is to know when to use it. As your farming experience grows, these opportunities will become much clearer. In the meantime, however, it is imperative that you avoid debt as much as possible.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Four Tips for Successful Planting

You’re about to purchase your very own ranch and you’re busy thinking of what to plant for a lush bounty of good eats this summer. However, before you decide WHAT you’re going to plant, decide first WHEN you’re going to plant. For novice and seasoned farmers alike, here are a few good tips for starting your garden:

Understand the climate.

Local weather affects the outcome of your crops significantly, so do some research about what the climate is in your area before planting. Visit a local farmer’s market and talk to someone who knows the optimal climate for the flora you plan to grow.

Know the germination period.

Germination periods vary from plant to plant. Seeds that take a while to germinate may require more time in a greenhouse before they’re transferred outside. Germination info is often found on the package of the seeds, but if you can’t find it, the kind folks at the local garden shop may be able to help you.

Water the plants regularly.

Plants need water at least once every day. During hot spells, plants may need to be watered twice or thrice to keep them hydrated. Keep the soil moist. Make sure the moisture is not too little and not too much.

Consult a professional.

It is important to consult a horticulturist or other garden professionals when disease or pests appear. The horticulturist will also be a great source of tips and tricks that will help you flesh out your planting tactics.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The First Step in Starting a Chicken Farm Business

It’s one thing to start a chicken farm, but to make a business out of it—especially one that thrives—is something else entirely. You won’t only be playing the role of a chicken farmer, but of a businessperson as well. So before you purchase a ranch for your plans, you need to identify the chicken market you want to target and the area of the chicken industry you want to tap.

There are two main sectors in the industry: layers and broilers. Layers are chickens that are raised specifically to produce eggs, while broilers are chickens that are raised and bred for slaughter. Whichever type of chicken you choose to grow, know that you have plenty of financial and managerial decisions to make to ensure your chicken farm business becomes a profitable one.

As it is with any type of business, the first step in starting a chicken farm business is to formulate a business plan. Doing so will help you set goals you want to achieve with your chicken farm and how to achieve them. Creating a business plan will also teach you how to operate your farm not only from a producer’s perspective, but from a banker’s, a broker’s, a lawyer’s, an accountant’s and possibly an employee’s points of view as well. That said, don’t hesitate to enlist the help of professionals in poultry farming and ranch enterprises for a more informed business decision.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tips on Starting a Grass-Fed Beef Ranch

Starting a grass-fed beef operation after buying a ranch for sale in Wyoming is a great business venture. With so many people becoming conscious of what they eat, grass-fed beef is becoming a popular choice at dining establishments around the United States. In addition, many countries that import US beef are beginning to prefer grass-fed beef as opposed to beef from cattle fed with enhanced feeds.

Those who are interested in starting a grass-fed beef ranch should consider a few important factors when going into such a venture. These include:

Wild Growth
Be sure to survey the types of plants that are growing on your land before introducing your cattle. Take care to remove poisonous plants, such as the bracken fern, locoweed, and water hemlock.

Rotation Feeding
Carefully divide your pasture land into segments and create a rotation schedule for grazing. This will allow the land to recover efficiently and naturally.

Cattle Breeds

When selecting a breed of cattle, be sure to pay attention to the breed’s efficiency, or grazing to bodyweight ratio. Doing so will ensure that you are getting the most out of your entire operation. You may also want to look into using high-efficiency breeds such as Angus and Hereford.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dude Ranches to Admire and Emulate

There are many ways people can develop a ranch they have just purchased in Wyoming. One of their options is to start a dude ranch. Dude ranches are family-friendly vacation destinations that allow people to enjoy a taste of the Wild West.

For people interested in starting a dude ranch, here is a short list of the top dude ranches in the United States that can serve as their inspiration:

T Cross Ranch
The T Cross Ranch is one of the most historic dude ranches in Wyoming. Here, guests can go fishing, horseback riding, and trekking along nature trails. The T Cross Ranch also offers guests a choice to either stay in a log cabin or camp out under the stars.

Black Mountain Ranch
Located in Colorado, the Black Mountain Ranch makes the most of its natural surroundings. Guests can choose to go hiking with a guide, trap and skeet shooting, horseback riding, or whitewater rafting. They can also take a trip to an authentic rodeo.

Running R Guest Ranch

Staying at the Running R Guest Ranch is possibly the best thing one can do to experience the Wild West lifestyle. Located in Texas, the Running R Guest Ranch offers horse whispering classes, horseback riding, fossil digs, and bird watching to guests.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Taking Care of Your Ranch Animals During Disasters

Colorado is no stranger to inclement weather and natural disasters that could be devastating for any ranch owner. This is why it's important to know what to do to minimize the losses and damage suffered when catastrophe strikes. This includes protecting your animals from harm, while at the same time protecting yourself. Here are a few tips.

Always remove headstalls and halters when not needed.

Headstalls and halters can encumber horses as they can get caught up in trees, posts, and other obstacles along the way. This is bad news when you have panicked animals running around, potentially hurting others or themselves.

Release them only as a last resort.

If there is no immediate danger to the animals—or to yourself—when they are in their shelters, avoid releasing them and letting them run free. It would be much safer to have them sheltered, unless there is a big danger of them getting trapped, hurt, or killed there.

When releasing animals, do not tie them together.

Rounding up your animals after a storm has died down may be hard work, but you should definitely not try to make it easier by tying the animals together when releasing them. They could end up getting tangled up in obstacles or hurting you or each other in a panic, giving you even more stress.

Disasters may not happen all the time, but investors who buy ranches in Colorado should know exactly what to do. If not for your own sake, do it for the sake of the animals.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The Basics of Horse Care

There's no better way of getting around your own ranch than with a good horse. The great advantages horses offer a rancher are, of course, accompanied by serious responsibilities in looking after these steeds. That said, here are three basics on taking care of horses.


Feeding horses is actually a bit more complicated than just giving the animal some hay. For example, it's advisable to add a bit of grain to horses' diet to make sure that they get all the nutrition they need. Mold is also a major factor as it could cause serious lung problems for the horse. Long story short: do your research on horse diet first.


Two of the most common choices for horse shelters are run-in shelters and stables. Each has its own pros and cons, so it is good to deliberate carefully on which option is best in your case. An example: stables provide complete shelter from the elements, but run-shelters are less susceptible to fire.


As with any other pet or domesticated animal, horses have their own share of health issues. As the owner, you must know at least a few of the veterinary basics, such as checking vital signs, deworming, and spotting the signs of an unhealthy horse.

You cannot get the full experience of owning a ranch without a healthy horse. Thus, if you're planning on buying a ranch soon, better start on the basics of horse care now.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Animals You Can Have in Your Ranch

Different ranch animals serve different purposes. They are usually classified into poultry animals, dairy animals, and transportation animals. Poultry animals include chicken, ducks, turkey, etc. Examples of dairy animals are cows, goats, buffaloes, etc. Poultry and dairy animals are always in high demand because of their meat and other products such as eggs, milk, etc., which are packed with many health benefits. Some ranch animals, like horses, yaks, llamas, and donkeys, are good for transportation

Common ranch animals are, no doubt, beneficial, but you might want to learn about animal hybrids that perform better than the original breeds. The basic idea behind hybrid animals is that you can get the best in the genetic qualities of both breeds. To get a better idea of hybrid ranch animals, here's a short list along with some info on what animals were combined to produce them:

  • Beefalo – American bison and a domestic cow

  • Botswana – sheep and goat

  • Mule – male donkey and female horse

  • Yakow – yaks and cows

  • Yakalo – yak and buffalo

Apart from the common and hybrid ranch animal examples above, dogs and cats make great ranch companions as well. Dogs in particular, can be trained and trusted with some herding tasks. Plus, they are loving, faithful, and sincere toward their masters.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Kidding Around: How to Care for Baby Goats

There's no doubt that baby goats—or kids as they're more popularly known—are cute little bundles of joy. The way they flounce, bounce, and cuddle is utterly irresistible. However, like human kids, they grow up so fast, and taking care of them involves a lot of work. Here are some tips on how to raise them right:

Make sure they receive colostrum, which is the first thick milk produced by the mother goat, or doe. Colostrum contains proteins, carbs, and other nutrients that young infants need. Most importantly, it contains specific antibodies which are the more important ones the kids will have to protect themselves with. Most does will make their own colostrum when they give birth. If not, you can buy it from a local vet or feed store.

Feed the kids regularly. Newborns will have small stomachs so they'll require feeding at least four times a day. This won't be a problem if you leave the kids with their mother doe, however, in rare cases, you'll need to bottle-feed them. Fresh goat's milk is best, but if not available, you can use cow's milk, instead, while adding three tablespoons of corn syrup per gallon.

Provide the kids with a wam, dry place to sleep. Make sure the area is adequately covered to protect them from sun, rain, and drafts. Straw is a good material for bedding because it doesn't cling to their coat, provides good insulation, and is easy to clean.

Have the kids vaccinated at three weeks. Follow this with a booster at six weeks. Goat raising is always a viable, and even simpler alternative use of ranchland purchased in Oregon.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Facts on Common Ranching Cattle Breeds

So, you've just bought ranch property, and are now taking the first steps towards establishing a cattle ranch. One of the most common questions first time ranchers ask is “what breed of cattle should I use for my ranch?” This is a valid and important question because each cattle variety presents ranchers with different advantages and disadvantages; and selecting the right breed for your ranch can help boost profitability. As such, here are a few facts on the most common breeds of cattle ranchers being raised:

The Angus breed, originating from Scotland, is one of the most recognized breeds of cattle in the world. In addition, Angus is the US beef industry's number one beef-producing breed, and is one of the most heavily demanded type of beef in the world due to excellent marbling and tenderness. Angus is also known for a low rate of calving complications, and efficient grazing-to-bodyweight conversion.

Brought by the British settlers, Hereford cattle are known as a hardy breed, easily adapting to a variety of climates. An early maturity and a good grazing-to-bodyweight efficiency makes Hereford cattle a popular choice for beef ranchers. Hereford cattle are also frequently used for cross-breeding with other cattle.

Wagyu beef actually comes from a variety of different cattle breeds. Literally meaning “Japanese cattle”, Wagyu cattle ironically develop better in the US than Japan, with most wagyu beef used in Japan being imported from the US, making raising quality wagyu beef a highly profitable venture for any investor considering a ranchland purchase.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tips for Buying a Ranch as an Investment

Investing in land is one of the more popular investment strategies due to the fact that the value of land appreciates over time; when paired with the fact that the price of food has been rising in the country, purchasing and establishing a ranch is a great investment option. Wealthy moguls such as Ted Turner, founder of CNN, have looked into ranching as an investment venture for quite some time, and have happily reaped the benefits of doing so.

However, purchasing a ranch can be difficult, especially for first time buyers. As such, here are a few things to consider before deciding on a ranch:

  • Is the land large enough to support your livestock? Before buying ranch property, know exactly what kind of animals your ranch will be keeping, and see if the land caters to the needs of these animals. Beef farming usually has prescribed acreage for particular varieties of cattle to be raised and the number of heads.

  • How convenient is the location of the ranch? As with any property, location is an important factor. How far are your customers from the ranch? If you need supplies, how near are you to the sources?

  • What is the quality of the land? If you can spare the time, visit a ranch you're considering and have the well checked for the amount and quality of the water, and have an expert conduct a soil test. These factors can easily affect the quality of your ranch produce.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Home on the Range: The Ranch Life is For You

Living in a ranch, let alone owning one, is a dream that few people ever get to realize. It's a shame, too, because the ranch life can be quite fun and rewarding, especially for those who enjoy being out in the open and enjoying some of the more natural things in life. For urban and rural dwellers alike who want to be home on the range, here are three things you can do while living the ranch life.

Rolling up Hay Bales.

With all the grazing livestock running around your ranch, you'd need lots of fodder to keep them healthy. Making gigantic hay bales is nothing out of the ordinary. It's definitely not something you'll be able to do just anywhere, especially not the city,

Horseback Riding.

Enjoy the fresh air by taking a good horse through the woods, grasslands, and other open areas of the ranch. For sure, not a single car or SUV can rival this experience.

Cattle Herding.

If you want to try a hand at being a cowboy or cowgirl, then you should definitely try herding and mustering cattle. This will definitely give you a new appreciation of how much work is done to get that burger on your plate.

The ranch life is definitely the good life, and it is something which everyone in the world can definitely learn to enjoy. If you have the opportunity to buy a ranch and run it yourself, then give it a shake.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cattle Farming Is a Rewarding Experience

Food production always has a lot of potential to be a lucrative business as the demand for the product is always inelastic. People with ample land and resources are encouraged to delve into farming, not only because of the income potential, but for the invaluable role the agricultural sector plays for the rest of society.
With so much to learn and do, ranching is generally a highly engaging activity. While many of the basic principles of herding developed by ancient civilizations still apply, modern livestock breeding and raising involves a great deal of science that resulted from millennia of research and discovery. At the same time, the industry is always mindful of the impact agricultural activity has on the ecosystem, and strives to be as “green” as possible in all its processes.
Land that is not ideally suited for cash crops is often maintained as grassland for cattle farming. To succeed in the business, however, one must, from the very beginning, bear in mind that undertaking such endeavor is no small feat. Although cattle raising does not look as labor intensive as growing crops, certain rigorous tasks are involved; and it's going to take some time before one can reap the benefits of this hard work.
Most ranchers focus on a specific type of cattle farming. Some raise beef cattle while others might want to put all efforts towards producing dairy products, or even just breeding. Regardless of the specificity of the path one cattle farmer wishes to take, investing in cattle is bound to be profitable in the long run as the demand for cattle products will surely continue to rise.

Friday, September 20, 2013

How Buying a Ranch Can Change a Person’s Life

Investors are not so wild about the idea of buying a ranch simply because the financial returns are not as high as with other proven investments. However, there are still individuals who exhaust large portions of their savings for a property that, for them, is so much more than a money-generating asset. They perceive the ranch as a realization of a life-long dream and more.

One reason people buy ranches is they want to manage a property that is far from the hustle and bustle of the city. While running a ranch is indeed no easy feat, owners are just happy to try their hand at something that would enable them to roam around a large space instead of working in front of a computer inside a steel and glass office building.

Having a ranch also allows people to commune with nature and realize that the best things in life do not always come with hefty price tags. Listening to wild bird calls in the morning, smelling the fresh richness of the earth, or seeing cattle peacefully grazing may all seem mundane and ordinary, but are priceless experiences for city born people.

Buying a ranch can also trigger drastic lifestyle changes that would test the would-be rancher's ability to adapt to new environments. If and when he overcomes this challenge, a rancher will emerge stronger than ever, a man who can take on whatever life will throw at him.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Things to Consider Before Buying a Ranch

While most people find purchasing a condo or a house rather overwhelming; imagine the stress involved when you're looking to purchase a ranch. While the prospect of owning a self-sustaining residence and business is appealing, there are a few things to consider when buying a ranch. As such, here are a few reminders for potential ranch buyers:

Ranches are very big, very expensive investments. As such, always have a budget ready before purchasing a ranch, and stick to that budget. Aside from the cost of the ranch itself, you may need to purchase livestock or necessary equipment separately. Don't spend your entire budget on just the ranch!

Do your research beforehand. Try to determine the type of soil the ranch has, the frequency of precipitation, etc. Many crops and certain livestock require very particular conditions to grow properly. Knowing these things early allows you to plan ahead on what kind of ranch or farm you can build.

Although there are tax savings when owning a ranch, some people overestimate these tax savings, and overspend in other areas. Always review your plans with an expert in agricultural taxes to be able to plan better.

Ranches are highly profitable if a system is well-planned and properly executed. As such, always be mindful of expenses and your budget, especially if you aim to make the ranch your only source of income. Remember that you pay bills on a regular basis, but sales typically only come twice or thrice a year.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fun activities to pursue in Wyoming

If you’re looking for the one state in the Union where you don’t have to worry about the neighbors complaining about you, Wyoming may fit the bill. The Cowboy State is locked in by the Eastern Rockies occupying much of the western region, and the High Plains to the east. However, the pristine settings and backdrops offered by several mountain ranges such as the Tetons and the Sierra Madre offer many opportunities for fun activities.
For instance, the Killpecker Sand Dunes near Rock Springs are an off-roader’s playground, with the Boar’s Tusk close by. There are natural tours of the Red Desert and the Wind River Mountains. Potential hunters may need to get their licenses in order and declare open season on the waterfowl at the Fort Laramie Waterfowl Preserve; the activity can help people who have never experienced an ounce of country life by teaching them survival skills.
People who have decided to stay longer in Wyoming and pay tribute to its cowboy past can consider going on wagon train rides. The activity alone holds a variety of adventure opportunities, such as gold panning, horseback riding, overnight camps out in the forest, and tours of the state’s wilderness areas.

There’s nothing not to like about the great outdoors in Big Wyoming. The place can also be therapeutic for people seeking some release from the stress of work.    

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Herding Cattle in the Ranch? Just Trot Back and Forth

If you're that one man on horseback in a cattle ranch responsible for managing dozens of heads, what do you do if you want the herd to move? Cattle handling expert Bud Williams offers a simple three-step idea to herding cattle, whether it's a small herd or one with enough cattle to shoot a Marlboro commercial. You already fulfilled half of the requirement to pull this off by being on horseback; although riding an all-terrain vehicle would work, as would doing it on foot.

The herding technique involves shuttling back and forth in a straight or slight arc profile to force the cattle to group together in a loose bunch. Don't mind any stragglers as they'll come looking for the safety of the herd eventually. As soon as this bunch grows more compact, put more pressure on the herding by inching slightly toward the direction you want the herd to move. Continue doing this until the herd has finally reached the place you want them to be.

Every seasoned cowhand knows that this method can be useful if you're practicing rotational grazing in your ranch. You can have the cattle herd move to another patch of grass when necessary with this simple technique. To enhance the effects of the herding technique, Williams recommends wearing a “predatory” stare. That way, the cattle will be intimidated into bunching up and seeking safety in numbers. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Beginner's Guide to Running a Ranch

When you buy a ranch, you and your family are set to experience a different kind of lifestyle that can be rewarding if you plan well. Whether you're buying a ranch as a business investment, planning to raise livestock and grow crops as your source of livelihood, or want to buy a private ranch that will become the ideal retreat for your family, it is important to be prepared for the challenges life on a ranch may pose.

Farming and ranching work are often underestimated by many buyers. Never entertain the idea that anyone can perform these jobs easily. Considerable amounts of research need to be performed—from growing forage and managing cattle, to marketing and business management. Without knowledge in these areas, you're liable to make mistakes in areas such as fertilization and grazing management (which both come under growing forage). These mistakes can be very costly.

You should also arm yourself by attending educational meetings. Many programs that reach out to people who are trying their hand at agricultural matters are being offered by the local government and other support groups. Widen your network by consulting helpful professionals.

Avoid disappointment by not overestimating the value of your annual production. Since your ranch will focus on rearing livestock, understand that prices are bound to fluctuate based on supply and demand on a national and international level. Hence, you should be prepared for inconsistencies in your yearly gross income.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Ranch

The thought of spending days riding horses over expansive landscapes is so appealing that many city folks are willing to vacate their suburban homes just to experience rural living. With many ranches awaiting their prospective occupants, it shouldn't be difficult to turn such a dream into a reality. Before you decide to buy your own ranch, however, you'll need to ask yourself several questions:

What is the ranch's purpose?

Are you planning to set up a working ranch, a private ranch, or a dude ranch? If you're thinking of establishing a working ranch to raise livestock such as cattle, sheep, elk, or bison, then you should consider purchasing ranch properties that are large enough to support herds of animals. If you want to purchase a private ranch for your family, then you should consider smaller, more intimate ranch properties.

Should the ranch home be renovated?

If the ranch comes with a house, assess the ranch home to determine if it needs to be renovated. If the ranch home is rundown, you may need to renovate structural components such as roofs and walls, and update fixtures for gas and plumbing. You may also need to consider modern upgrades, such as Wi-Fi and cable.

How about property taxes?

Aside from paying for the ranch, you'll have to deal with the property tax. Property tax on real estate is usually levied at a municipal or county level. Know the rules surrounding this matter beforehand so that you can adjust your budget accordingly.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Investing in Dude Ranches

If you've invested in a ranch, you'd certainly want to see sizable returns on your investment. This means transforming the place into a wonderful dude ranch. However, depending on the ranch's overall condition at the time of purchase, it may take some time to transform the ranch into a suitable income generator. Dude ranches are split into a few broad categories:

Basic Dude Ranches

The basic dude ranch will be geared towards horseback riding activities. Ranch personnel can train guests on the finer details of riding and taking care of horses. Just like the cowboys of the Old West, you can also learn a thing or two about throwing lassos.

Resort Dude Ranches

Resort dude ranches will require upgrading the house with hotel-style amenities, and the management will organize activities for the guests, some of which will be relevant to the region.

Working Dude Ranches

Working dude ranches, as the name implies, will have much labor awaiting intrepid guests as a prerequisite to their stay. Guests are often engaged in herding livestock. If you are looking for horseback riding excursions, the ranch management will limit them to work-related activities.

Identifying the dude ranch that fits your preferences can help stretch the value of your investment. It is also a test of your people and financial skills.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Financing a Ranch in Oregon

Investing in a ranch requires a lot of money. When you're considering a modestly sized house, utilities, a barn, and potentially thousands of acres of pristine wilderness, the price alone could run anywhere between six and eight digits. That amount may not even factor in the property tax and closing costs, plus the upkeep for employees. Financing may be the way to go when you are looking to buy a farm but do not have enough cash on hand.

As with every other financial endeavor, a lender will first study your credit history to determine your ability to pay them back the loan. It is important to look for reputable lenders that specialize in transactions for the specific type of ranch land you want to buy. For example, lenders that exclusively do commercial farmland transactions may not entertain you if you want to buy private farm property.

Some private lenders, especially credit unions in the general area where your property is located, may have a full range of ranch financing services. However, they might have specific credit scores you must reach. At the same time, take note of the maximum number of acres they may be willing to help you finance. Taking out a loan for ranch property carries some advantages. All it takes is willpower and financial management to make the payments on time.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

To Fence or Not to Fence Your Ranch?

Wyoming state law requires ranchers to build fences around their respective ranches to benefit from the law itself. To be accurate, Wyoming doesn't strictly require fences for demarcation, but as a fence-out state for cattle, ranchers that don't have fences on their properties can't hold other ranchers liable if the latter's livestock enters their territory.

If the ranch came with the fence, however, then any trespassers would hold its owners liable for any damage inflicted. A fence-out, also called an open range, means ranchers can have their livestock roam free across the Wyoming heartland save for areas enclosed by a lawful fence. State statutes define a lawful fence as fencing strong enough to keep livestock in and out. They don't have to be the pole and board fences that are typical of ranches in popular culture. Even barbed wire fencing three layers thick are considered under state law to be legal fencing.

For ranchers raising sheep and domesticated buffalo, keep in mind that Wyoming is also a fence-in state. Unlike cattle, lamb and sheep need to be supervised by the ranchers in or out of their property, so make sure not a single sheep veers away from the herd. The difference between a fence-in and fence-out is that the fence-in principle respects property boundaries, regardless of the presence of fencing.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Excellent Farmland & Cattle Ranches in Wyoming

In Wyoming, anything beyond the capital city of Cheyenne is open land. In fact, the nearest city, which is Laramie to the west, is almost 50 miles away. You may not see land more expansive than in Wyoming, and the state's economy relies heavily on agricultural and livestock production. Among its greatest exports include sheep; the state ranks fourth in sheep and lamb production, and produces around 400,000 lambs and sheep, and 3.12 million pounds of wool a year.

However, sheep and lamb production is rather modest when compared to the state's cattle production—the latter produces over a million annually. The vast expanses of Wyoming and its excellent farmland makes it an ideal environment to raise a lot of cattle. Milk production, according to statistics, amount to more than 100 million pounds every year, with each cow capable of producing over 20,000 pounds. Also, farms close to Wyoming's southern border have easy access to dairy processing plants in neighboring Colorado.

Wyoming may not be as populated as other states, but it doesn't need to be. Its agricultural economy virtually feeds the entire United States with quality meat and dairy products. Agricultural production and livestock production are made possible with good farmland and cattle ranches, as well as proper management. Wyoming is cool with the rural life, as long as its livestock have grass to eat and space to roam.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

On Living the Pioneer Life in Utah to the Fullest

According to a 2012 population estimate by the United States Census Bureau, Utah is the 10th least populated state in America. Additionally, around 80% of its citizens live along the Wasatch Front surrounding Salt Lake City, meaning a lot of the state's lands remain unoccupied. Some people see such territories as barren and inhospitable landscapes; however, others see opportunity and the perfect retreat from the stresses of modern life.

It's possible to live the life of a rancher in Utah, particularly in the northern quarter of the state. Eastern Utah is defined by its wealth of plateaus and basins, which makes the region appear rugged. Those seeking to emulate the cowboys of old will find such accommodations very much welcome as they set up their ranches near the basins.

Ranchingin Utah might just be the perfect option for those who wish to retire gracefully. The slower, easygoing pace of country life is suited for those who have trouble keeping up with modern complexities. It's rather therapeutic (and nostalgic) to tend to cattle while in the midst of a desert, much like the cowpokes of old. Whether you're a fan of spaghetti westerns or you simply need a place to quietly come home to, Utah' desert wilderness is always open for reservations.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Living in a Well-Managed Ranch Community

Many cities these days are getting more and more congested and the resulting pollution can sometimes be unbearable. Living in an urban area no longer holds the same appeal that it did years ago when city life was less stressful. Today, many people are looking for better lifestyle alternatives like transferring to suburbs or buying ranches for sale.

In the U.S., there are many such real estate properties especially in areas with wide open spaces and sparse population densities. A number of ranch real estate companies have developed vast tracts of land into highly efficient ranch style communities typical of the old West. In fact, many people have become attracted to buying real estate in these various rural areas.

The reasons behind this appeal are legion, foremost of which is the desire to escape from the urban jungle. Living in the suburbs is not enough for many, since most suburbs have become just as congested as the cities. A ranch community provides a drastic change in lifestyle; something which more and more people want to experience.

The good news is that these communities have been developed not only to allow residents to commune with nature, but to provide better quality of life in a managed ranch setting. Buying ranch real estate from a reliable developer will ensure a comfortable life on a ranch without any hassles.

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Irresistible Ranch Lifestyle in Colorado

Oscar-winning director and actor Kevin Costner is no stranger to the Western genre as it is his roles in these type of films where he first earned prominence. He is also one of the numerous celebrities who has shown his  devotion to the ranch lifestyle both onscreen and off screen. In a 2012 issue of Men's Journal, he referred to his 165-acre ranch in Aspen, Colorado as his “heaven on earth.”

So what is it about Colorado that inspire a ranch lifestyle? Well, for one, Colorado is a state that is known for its diverse geographical features such as mountainous terrains, vast plains, and desert lands, which all provide a great backdrop for a ranch. Colorado also has a wide landscape area, which is ideal for those who wish for more secluded living environments, away from plain sight of intruders or curious bystanders.

Those who want to unleash their inner hunter and gather their own food can go fishing in the Colorado River and catch their own dinner like largemouth bass fish. Those who simply want to watch beautiful creatures have a lot to keep an eye out for in Colorado, the home of hundreds of wildlife species; both locals and tourists can catch a glimpse of mountain lions, deer, elk bears, and Colorado's state mammal, the bighorn sheep. These creatures are a source of fascination for people who have grown tired of the skyscrapers and iron bridges that are typical of urban settings.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What You Should Know Before Buying a Ranch

Many people dream of owning a ranch, and for good reason. The thought of spending your days amid wide open spaces and living off the land as an agriculturist can be very appealing. However, managing a ranch is not as easy as it may sound. It requires a lot of hard work and a good grasp of the technicalities involved.

First of all, it is important to understand the process of livestock raising. This includes many aspects of cattle management, including cattle health, breeding, and nutritional needs. Additionally, the right selection of livestock to purchase is critical. Those without previous knowledge or experience in this area might fall for overpriced livestock or livestock of inferior quality.

Would-be ranchers should also have realistic expectations about the income and tax savings they can get from ranching. Some people tend to overestimate these figures and end up disappointed. Just like other agricultural investments, cattle-raising can yield fluctuating income based on market prices and supply-and-demand situations.

Those who wish to pursue their dream of owning a ranch are thus strongly advised to do a lot of research and talk to the right professionals about the different aspects of the business. It is also important to work with reputable ranch property managers who are proficient in the different aspects of ranch operations and can give you the guidance you may need.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Buying A Ranch? Hold Your Horses A Lil' Bit!

When you look at a ranch, you will usually see a barn, a farmhouse, pens full of livestock, and vast expanses of land waiting to be explored. If you're buying a ranch as part of efforts to have a cleaner lifestyle outside the city, think again. There are many pitfalls to hurdle before any ranch owner who wants top dollar for their property gives you the deed of sale.

First, a budding rancher should have intricate knowledge of agriculture and livestock management, in addition to common business administration practices. This includes talking to professionals for advice on how and where to acquire quality livestock, learning more about the quality of the land for agricultural purposes, and managing your time between the ranch and your loved ones. Since ranch work is physically exhausting to say the least, take note of your overall health as well.

You will have to study what equipment is required for the ranch to operate well. If you're thinking big simoleans, learn to be realistic about current market conditions and how it will affect your ranch's profits. At the same time, consult a taxation specialist regarding any incentives for agricultural production.

Operating a ranch is indeed a good investment. A dash of caution and structured thinking about your needs for the place will go a long way.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Living The Cowboy Life: Buying A Ranch

Being able to own a ranch is something that many people can only dream of. After all, you need big investments in order to buy and maintain a ranch of any size, and you have to get used to the different lifestyle while you're at it. Still, becoming a ranch owner is one of the most fulfilling endeavors you can pursue, so don't leave it entirely out of your bucket list.

There are many considerations when it comes to running a ranch. Capital is naturally the biggest one followed closely by land area, kind and number of animals, amount of time you'd invest, and of course, the income you would be able to generate. A lot of would-be ranch owners who have capital fail because of the other factors, so it's important to plan ahead and really see things through.

Another thing you have to think of before buying is just why you want to own a ranch. Is it a business decision or merely a hobby? Maybe you are looking to create a family heritage that will stretch to the  generations after you? Whatever your reason is, just be sure that your heart is really set on being a ranch owner.

Many people imagine ranchers as rich, laid back people who can dine and wine with a mountain view every single day, and often they'd be right. Buy a ranch now, and with a lot of hard work, you just be one of them.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

What to Do Before You Decide to Buy Ranches for Sale

To some extent, buying a ranch is like buying a home so you do not end up buying something you aren't sure of. When you see some ranches for sale, you have to thoroughly evaluate each of them before you decide which one to buy. This is, of course, to make sure that you will get nothing but your money's worth.

One of the greatest considerations you should have when evaluating ranches is the size. You should already have an idea on how big it should be, considering the number and the kinds of animals you are going to put there. Another consideration is whether it is an agricultural zoning district or not. You can verify this with your county's zoning department.

The next thing you should check for is riparian rights, something that allows any owner to use a body of water within the property. Talk to the government office that is responsible for this to verify. Then, check the property's septic and leach lines; if there are no septic lines yer, you might need to do some work installing a septic system. After that, determine whether the soil and water are of good quality or not.

Ranches are not just pieces of land where you put your cattle and other animals; it requires a lot of needs and guidelines. So if you are aiming to buy a ranch, make sure they have everything you need.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Buttermilk Economics: Making the Most Out of Ranch Land

Ranch dressing is a very popular condiment, primarily used as a dip or in a salad. It was the brainchild of two ranchers in California in 1954, instantly garnering enough popularity for Clorox (yes, the bleach maker Clorox) to buy it from them for $8 million in 1972 (around $70 million in today's dollars). Upon a closer look, ranch dressing is a basic mixture of buttermilk and some spices. However, ranch dressing shows that nothing goes to waste in a ranch or farm.

Buttermilk originally comes from the liquid left behind by the churning process, but today they can be made by adding bacteria. Instead of throwing it away, ranchers can sell traditional buttermilk for a good price since it's a widely-used ingredient. Traditional churning may be time-consuming, but there's nothing better than buttermilk done in the style of the old days. You start by having a few cows in your ranch because, basically, buttermilk is derived from milk.

Making the most of what the ranch produces is a great way to profit more. Natural products such as traditional buttermilk will have a huge market because of the large demand for organic food items and ingredients. Furthermore, there's a call for dairy farms to exercise sustainable practices to make the most of the land. It's not so much the limited resources in the ranch as the way you use them to your benefit.