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01/07/2016
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Swan Land Company is excited to announce the listing of Bridger Hollow Ranch near Bozeman, Montana. 

Located in the Bridger Mountain Range, Bridger Hollow Ranch has 285± deeded acres with dramatic mountain vistas, tremendous privacy and comfortable improvements.  The improvements include a beautiful rustic log home and a classic barn made from recycled lumber that was a former Calvary outpost in the Gallatin Valley.  The barn, with power and year-round water, includes a set of corrals that are well situated for equestrian enthusiasts.   The entirety of the Ranch is protected with a Montana Land Reliance conservation easement that limits additional buildings to agricultural improvements, but allows for substantial expansion of the rustic log home. The vibrant communities of Bozeman and Livingston are both a comfortable 25-minute drive from this all-season recreation retreat that offers excellent elk hunting and privacy without being remote.

12/11/2015
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Located about 100 miles southeast of Salt Lake City near Price, Utah, this 10,200 deeded-acre Ranch, ideal for a conservation-minded buyer, includes an additional 5,500 acres of BLM and State Land within the Ranch boundary.  Since its homesteading in 1929, the Ranch has primarily been utilized as a summer grazing, hunting and recreational property. 

With Indian Head Mountain as a backdrop, the 2,900 feet of elevation gain offers dramatic views and ideal habitat for big game and upland birds. Operated as a Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit, Indian Head Ranch is professionally managed for elk and mule deer.

12/11/2015
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Water has been a hot commodity in the western United States dating back to the first settlers as they migrated west in search of gold.  The controversy has continued as the natural resource has become increasingly scarce due to rising populations, the expansion of cities and compounding drought conditions.  Water stress is being felt on farms and ranches resulting in lower crop and livestock production.  Although some ranchers have not wavered off of their traditional ways of ranching, others are rapidly changing and adopting new practices to better manage and conserve water.  Planning an effective water-conservation strategy can be complex – soil health, plant and livestock management, and water use must all be considered.

11/06/2015
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MONTANA ELK HUNTING - AN EVOLVING STORY

In Montana elk hunting is a popular event and many anticipate it all year waiting for the season to arrive. This year certain hunting districts in Montana will be considered for a bonus shoulder season. With Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission still taking public comment on this topic, it has been stated that of the 138 elk-management areas in Montana, 80 are currently over objective, 30 are at objective and 19 are below objective. If a shoulder season is implemented it will aim to serve specific local circumstances in an attempt to bring elk populations closer to the objective as set in the State elk plan which was adopted in 1992 when the population of elk in Montana was approximately 90,000.  In 2014, the estimated elk population in Montana was approximately 167,158 according to Montana FWP

10/15/2015
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Dating as far back as 2700 BC, the act of branding livestock became a way of marking ownership by using fire heated objects to inflict a symbol, design or term on a living creature to show ownership.  Hieroglyphics found in Egyptian tombs depict pictures of oxen being branded.  Ancient Romans were said to choose certain symbols in their branding as a way to place magic over the livestock for protective purposes.

As time evolved, areas such as Spain that had large quantities of cattle used branding to allow the different herds to intermingle while grazing.  The idea was brought into North America as a European custom and continued to evolve by the vaquero tradition in the Southwest and Northern Mexico.

09/29/2015
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Swan Land Company is pleased to announce the listing of Thompson Ranch near Boulder, Utah. 

09/21/2015
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We have all heard of the value of making a positive first impression and the saying holds true when preparing to list your farm land or ranch property for sale.  With many buyers beginning their property search online, the quality of the photos presented should depict the full splendor of the land and spark a desire to be on that property.  Professional-looking photographs are essential to portray the beauty and true sense of what a property has to offer a buyer.   Having a gamut of high-quality, high-resolution photos from various times of the year allows the marketing of a property to advance at a much faster pace  and can have a big impact on the length of time it takes to sell a property.  Having images available enables a real estate broker to beginning marketing efforts much more quickly, than having to wait to for the peak seasons of year take pictures.

09/16/2015
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Miller Ranch is located approximately twenty miles north of the historic town of Saratoga, Wyoming offering amazing vistas of the scenic western foothills of Elk Mountain.  The 1,440-deeded acre Ranch is comprised of productive irrigated and native pastures. 

The large reservoir provides irrigation water as well as adding to the recreational amenities on the Ranch.  With both the reservoir, which is noted for its trophy trout, and the nearby North Platte River, the most avid angler will be satisfied.  Antelope, deer and elk frequently visit the Ranch with large numbers of elk in the fall as they move down from the nearby mountains.

With year-round access and comfortable improvements, Miller Ranch represents a rare opportunity to own a ranch with diverse qualities in Southern Wyoming.

09/08/2015
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The 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference was held in July in Denver, Colorado.  At the Conference, the Beef Industry Long Range Plan Task Force, a group of sixteen leaders from all facets of the beef industry, shared their strategy to strengthen the beef industry over the next five years.   The beef industry has faced enormous challenges in the past including droughts, record-high feed prices, record-low cow numbers and continuously increasing regulations.  However, there has been a positive turn in the past few years.  There has been an increased demand for domestic beef, cattle prices have increased significantly and the national cowherd is beginning to increase in size.

“While the beef industry has faced many challenges, the future holds tremendous promise for the industry,” according to Don Schiefelbein, owner/operator of Schiefelbein Farms and task force co-chair. “The task force took a research-based approach to not only determine where the industry is and how we got here, but also at the trends and issues potentially impacting the beef community so that we can be most successful moving forward.”

08/11/2015
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Join people from around the world for the most prestigious Native American fine arts market as it returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico August 22, 2015, 7am - 5pm, & August 23, 2015 8am - 5pm! The Santa Fe Indian Market is in its 94th year and is the largest cultural event in the southwest that celebrates tribal traditions old and new while featuring fine art, dance, food, music, designers, film, wood carvings, leather goods and much more.

The Santa Fe Indian Market began in 1922 as the Indian Fair and was sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico. In 1936 the New Mexico Association of Indian Affairs adopted the event and is now put on by the nonprofit group Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. It boasts the top Native/ Indigenous artists from federally recognized tribes in the United States as well as Canada’s First Nations’ tribes. The logo for the festival, with permission from the artist Dan Namingha, represents the Hopi Indians four cardinal directions: yellow for North, red for South, blue for West and white for the East and signifies one's journey to Santa Fe for the Indian Market.

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