Rapelje, Montana | Stillwater County
- PRICE REDUCED TO $8,495,000; Was $9,975,000
- 16,589± Total Acres
- Numerous Capital Improvements
Rapelje Bison Ranch is a low-overhead livestock and dryland farm operation in the famed ranch country of central Montana. The Ranch is currently unstocked and ready to transition to new ownership quickly, but was recently used as a bison operation and historically as a cattle ranch and dryland farm. The Ranch has recently received numerous capital improvements including extensive new fencing, wells, stock-water system, corrals, shop and manufactured home. Rapelje Bison Ranch is located about 25 miles north of Columbus in the historic open range of central Montana. The Ranch encompasses 15,949± deeded acres that are a mix of native pasture, sub-irrigated pasture, mixed upland acres and tilled cropland. The Ranch includes 640 State of Montana leased acres making a 16,589± total acre Ranch.
The current management has worked diligently to improve the stock-water and pasture configuration, to create an efficient and low-overhead ranch operation. The crop acres are all currently being fallowed and offer a blank slate for the next owner. The improvements have been recently updated with a beautiful new shop that includes a modest bunkhouse, and a new manufactured employee home. Most of the historic improvements on the Ranch have reached the end of their functional lifespan.
The livestock operation has run 1,250± bison including bulls and is estimated to run approximately 600 cows year round with several thousand acres of dryland crop. Should all of the cropland be seeded into pasture the carrying capacity would likely be closer to 800 cattle. The Ranch was able to handle 1,250± bison previously on just the southern half of the Ranch while the fencing was updated.
Rapelje Bison Ranch will check all the boxes for buyers looking for a very productive agricultural operation that is primarily a low-overhead grass ranch, with several thousand acres of dryland crop ground that combine nicely with solid working facilities and modest, but updated improvements. All of the recent improvements create an opportunity for the next owner to put their capital into the land and operation and not excessive improvements that do not provide a return on investment.