Conservation is a word that is heard on a pretty regular basis these days. But before it was even a common term, ranchers were already practicing conservation of the land. Ranchers were the pioneers of conservation. They had to be in order to preserve the land that they lived and worked on to ensure that they could survive. If they had not started this practice of preserving the land years ago, many of the ranches that have been in the same family for generations, would not be viable operations today. In addition, another idea that has helped ranches and ranchers survive the generations is creating partnerships, not only with other workers on the ranch and other ranchers, but those in the community, the state and on a national level. Both of these are common themes among ranchers
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Swan Land Company is proud to sponsor the C.M. Russell Museum at the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Christmas. The National Finals Rodeo is now in its 34th year in Las Vegas, Nevada.
October 31, November 1&2
Celebrate Agriculture with Montana State University College of Agriculture at its annual event honoring Montana’s agricultural past, present and future in conjunction with agricultural leaders, producers, and students.
The event hosts a career social, Agricultural Economics Outlook Conference, "Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Agriculture” as well as recognition of “Outstanding Aggie”, college Stockgrowers Reception and much more.
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TYPES OF MONTANA WATER RIGHTS
Ninth Annual T-Bone Classic Golf Outing
Swan Land Company is proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 Montana Stockgrowers Foundation Ninth Annual Golf Outing taking place at the Briarwood Golf Course in Billings, Montana on August 21st and 22nd. The T-Bone Classic provides an opportunity to foster new partnerships between Montana’s ranching community and other businesses and industries essential to Montana's Economy. Montana Stockgrowers Foundation enhances Montana’s ranching community through leadership, education, and conservation.
Buying farmland is very different than most real estate purchases, even dissimilar than buying a ranch. Farmland can be a profitable investment; however, there are many areas that must be researched prior to making a purchase. In this article several aspects are conferred that should be researched prior to purchasing farmland – soil quality, crop history, water availability and climate, and lease options to name a few. Often, much of this information will be researched during the due diligence period or can be provided by a good land broker. Swan Land Company is known for providing in-depth information that can help determine if a specific farm is the right fit for your goals and business decisions.
In the 1800s, the land southeast of the Yellowstone River expanding all the way to Montana’s south and east boundaries was Crow country. Located within Crow territory, the Crows named the Absaroka Mountains after their nation that the range encompassed. Mission Creek and the nearby Absaroka Mountains nurtured early people and the Crow Indians by providing them essential ground to hunt, fish, live and worship. It is said these people used this area as a vision-quest site. As a result, many artifacts have been left behind for present man to ponder.
Clarks Fork Canyon Meadows is conveniently located just 38 road miles from the bustling town of Cody, Wyoming. Buffalo Bill Cody, who founded the town of Cody while visiting his son in the 1870s, had a vision that the area had a lot of potential. Located only 52 miles from the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Cody felt the area may become a potentially high-tourist corridor. In the mid-1890s, he returned, and with the collaboration of others, the town was incorporated in 1901.
One of the most interesting parts of being a ranch broker is that no two ranches are alike. However, this creates complexity when it comes to understanding the operations of each property. Our team of seasoned ranch brokers can help sift through the information, or misinformation, about each property to help buyers find and understand the ranch that fits their individual needs.
A few key points to understand when buying a cattle ranch are the type of operation and suitability for the property, carrying capacity, soil condition and forage health, management of the property, water rights, stock water, irrigation water, and the quality of improvements.
Type of Operation
Chief Mountain, as seen from North Fork Ranch, is a prominent towering monolith that stands alone facing westerly along the Rocky Mountain Front on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park. Named for its commanding presence, it is also known as “Ninaiistako”, a name given to it by the Blackfeet Indians, translating to “Great Chief". Although it is not the highest peak in Glacier, the 9,085 foot-tall giant can be seen for over a hundred miles away in both Montana and Alberta, Canada. It lies half in Glacier National Park, along the northeast boundary, and half in the Blackfeet Reservation to its east.