The IX Ranch is a legacy ranch – it is huge, has a long history of stable ownership, and a respected reputation in reputation ranch country. Its central Montana location is 80 miles northeast of Great Falls and adjacent to the town of Big Sandy. The current owners are the second owners in the ranch’s 130-year history. This professionally managed operation recently expanded to run a cattle herd of 4,700. The ranch is estimated to carry 3,900 bred females, 180 bulls, 690 yearling heifers, and horses. Until recently, the ranch actually carried a winter herd of around 3,500 bred females, 120 three-year-and-younger bulls, and ranch horses. In 2021 they expanded the rated capacity by another 400 cows, with the addition of another 8,000± acre operating unit. The entire ranch will continue to raise 7,000 tons of winter feed on average. In the spring, around 690 of the previous years’ heifer calves will return to the ranch for breeding from a grow-lot near Billings. The operation covers 134,482± acres, of which 66,896± is deeded, and the majority of the balance being state grazing leases. It is well improved, with accommodations for a full crew including a manager, as well as comfortable quarters for guests. Besides its position as one of Montana’s great cattle ranches, the IX boasts large populations of elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, mountain lion, and five species of upland birds. It is also a scenic ranch boasting a diversity of habitat types from productive meadows to rolling hills which give way to steeper mountain country with scatterings of aspens and evergreens.