TYPES OF MONTANA WATER RIGHTS
TYPES OF MONTANA WATER RIGHTS
WELL-BALANCED GRASS RANCH NEAR BILLINGS | In the same family for over 100 years, this well-balanced ranch, with an abundance of native grasses, encompasses over 6,883 deeded acres plus a half section of State ground. The Ranch will carry 275± mother cows plus 30-50 replacements and 15-20 bulls. Part of the Ranch lies in the Bull Mountains offering good elk, deer and antelope hunting. This self-sufficient grass ranch with good livestock water throughout is located only 45 minutes from Billings. The Ranch sits in three non-contiguous parcels - The Home Ranch, Frye Place and Broadview Grass Unit - which can be purchased together or individually.
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.
When purchasing a ranch, it is essential that an in-depth investigation is done in order to ensure that you know exactly what you are purchasing. While this is true for any real estate transaction, it is extremely important when it comes to buying a ranch, farm or recreational tract of land. Whether it is an agricultural farm or ranch in Montana or Utah or a recreational hunting ranch in Wyoming, there are checklists and protocols that should be followed in order to cover all of your bases and eliminate surprises after the purchase. Although every property is different, there are several items that should not be overlooked. Some of this information can be found in the title commitment, however it is always good to double check to confirm that the information provided is correct. O
Mike Swan is honored to be a presenter at The Seminar Group's 4th Annual Buying and Selling Ranches in Montana.