Leidholt Ranch is a low-overhead cattle operation in the famed eastern Montana grasslands with functional working improvements and a pivot-irrigated hay base along the nearby Tongue River. The Ranch is home to several species of big game and offers solid hunting opportunities for deer, antelope and elk, with trophy bull elk regularly harvested in the region. Leidholt Ranch is located about 40 miles south of Miles City in the famed and historic eastern Montana cattle country created by the Tongue River drainage. The Ranch encompasses 7,720± deeded pasture and mixed upland acres, a BLM grazing lease on a land-locked 160±-acre parcel and a private lease on 320± adjoining acres making a very well-blocked and contiguous 8,200± total acre Ranch. In addition, the Ranch offers a 160± acre parcel a few miles away along the Tongue River that includes a 110± acre center pivot with excellent water rights out of the Tongue River.
The Ranch is currently transitioning through an estate ownership and both the farming and grazing have been leased out for the past several years. The owners and leasehold management have worked diligently for many years to improve the stock-water network and pastures to create an efficient and low-overhead ranch operation with modest, yet functional improvements. The improvements are well matched and comfortable for seasonal use as a hunting cabin or base camp for a calving operation, but will likely need improvement for year-round living. The working corrals are primarily steel-pipe construction and handle the demands of the commercial cattle operation effectively. There is a metal calving barn and an efficient network of sorting pens and corrals. This set of working improvements will comfortably handle the Ranch cattle herd when required. A well-designed pasture network is used on a rotational basis to provide flexibility to utilize and optimize the primary ranch resource – grass. The productive irrigated field is planted in alfalfa hay and grass and has historically generated about 4 tons per acre on two cuttings.
The diligent effort put forth by the owners and management has created an efficient and well-run cow-calf cattle operation that runs an estimated 250± AUs on the solid hard-grass pastures year round, with supplemental winter feed.
While the Ranch is currently grazed seasonally by a lessee and the pivot-irrigated hay base is leased to another lessee, the new owner will have the opportunity to use the entire Ranch and create the necessary feed base for a year-round operation that includes winter feeding and calving.
While Leidholt Ranch will always be a low-overhead commercial cattle operation at its core, the hunting and recreation attributes are not to be overlooked. With frontage on about 1/2 mile of the Tongue River meandering through the lower portion of the Ranch, the fishing for a wide variety of species is very good and combines with big-game hunting for deer, antelope and turkey that will interest outdoor enthusiasts.
Well-balanced ranch operations that are well blocked up are becoming difficult to find and are a premium in today’s market. Leidholt Ranch will check all the boxes for buyers looking for a very productive and blocked-up agricultural operation that is supplemented by great recreation attributes, solid working facilities and modest, but functional and livable improvements.
For additional information, please contact Listing Broker Tim Anderson at 866.999.7342.