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$58,000,000  •  59,889 acres
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 128-year history. This professionally managed operation runs a cattle herd of 4,300. They currently winter around 3,375 bred females, 120 3-year-and-younger bulls and ranch horses, together with 4,000 tons of winter feed. In the spring, around 650 of the previous years’ heifer calves will return to the ranch for breeding from a grow-lot near Billings. The operation covers over 126,305± acres, of which 59,889± 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.
$7,300,000  •  16,415 acres
Located at the confluence of the Birch Creek and Little Birch Creek drainages a few miles south of the scenic Bears Paw Mountains, Birch Creek Ranch is comprised of 16,415± acres (12,174± deeded, 3,597 BLM lease, and 644± state lease). The ranch is currently operated at 450-500 AU, with approximately 435 mother cows plus bulls and replacements, in addition to farming 1,843± acres in dryland grain. Approximately 500 acres of dryland hay meets the ranch’s winter feed requirements. There are an additional 518± tillable acres that came out of CRP in 2017 that are now being grazed. Conversion of dryland grain to grass and/or hay production would expand the carrying capacity. Ranch improvements include two residences, each with a nearby machine shed and calving barn, plus a shop and corrals, and approximately six miles of pipeline. The ranch lies 30 miles southeast of Big Sandy, MT in an area known for strong grasses and good crop yields, approximately an hour from Havre, MT and one hour and forty-five minutes from Great Falls, MT. The rolling, diverse terrain supports trophy elk, mule deer, and antelope, as well as pheasant, sharptail grouse, and Hungarian partridge. The Facts: ~ 16,415± total acres; comprised of 12,174± deeded acres, 3,597± BLM lease, and 644± acres state lease ~ Birch Creek and Little Birch Creek flow through the ranch for a total of 8.5± miles ~ 1,843± acres in dryland grain production ~ 500± acres in dryland hay production provides winter feed ~ 30± acres irrigated/sub-irrigated hay meadows ~ Currently operating at 450-500 AU (approximately 435 mother cows) with the ability to expand by converting additional dryland crop to grass and/or hay ~ 6± miles of pipeline serving nine stock tanks ~ Two ranch homes, each with machine sheds and calving barns, plus a shop and working corrals ~ Approximately five miles south of the Bears Paw Mountains and 15 miles from the Missouri River at Judith Landing ~ Big game hunting for trophy elk, mule deer, and antelope; upland bird hunting for pheasant, sharptail grouse, and Hungarian partridge ~ Located 30± miles southeast of Big Sandy, approximately an hour’s drive from Havre, and one hour and forty-five minutes from Great Falls, Montana ~ Newly paved public airstrip located in Big Sandy