Rapelje, Montana | Stillwater County
- 16,589± Total Acres
- Available Turn-Key with Bison
Rapelje Bison Ranch is a low overhead livestock and dryland farm operation in the famed ranch county of central Montana. The current Ranch ownership has begun the transition from a historic cattle-and-grain operation into a bison ranch, which has generated numerous capital improvement projects including extensive fencing, updated stock-water system, new shop and new ranch-manager 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 for the past year to improve the stock-water and pasture configuration, to create an efficient and low overhead ranch operation. The pastures on the Ranch have been well managed and coupled with excellent spring moisture have created grass that is in exceptional condition and ready for livestock. 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 an unfinished apartment 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 currently runs 1,250± bison including bulls and is estimated to run approximately 800 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 1,000 cattle. The Ranch has easily handled 1,250± bison over the past year on just the southern half of the Ranch, as the fencing has been 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 don’t provide a return on investment.