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East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Designation

U.S. Sen. John Walsh and U.S. Congressman. Steve Daines each considered introducing legislation to protect the East Rosebud area under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. While the Friends of East Rosebud have tried for several years to get the designation, the most recent push began after a Bozeman company allowed its preliminary permit to build two small hydroelectric projects on East and West Rosebud creeks to expire.

Considered by many to be one of the most pristine and beautiful areas in Montana, the East Rosebud/Beartooth front is a stop off for many tourists and locals alike on their trek to Yellowstone Park.  A recent study conducted by FM3 Research and Public Opinion Strategies concluded that two-thirds of Montanans have recreated on Montana’s rivers in the last year, so many feel their ultimate protection is paramount.

The 245± acre Aspen Meadows Ranch located 60 miles southwest of Billings, just south of Absarokee,  lies along approximately one mile of the East Rosebud River and is accessed by a private bridge across the river, creating an exceptionally private ranch. Consisting primarily of riparian bottom lands and productive irrigated meadows with extraordinary views of the dramatic Beartooth front, it offers outstanding wildlife and first class angling.

Easy access to wilderness, multiple towns and Red Lodge – a complete year around alpine resort – combines with complete privacy for an unbeatable combination.

The East Rosebud provides excellent fishing for rainbow and brown trout. It is characterized by large rocks providing good pocket-water fishing with standard dry flies, such as an elk hair caddis or parachute adams.

The East Rosebud provides excellent fishing for rainbow and brown trout. It is characterized by large rocks providing good pocket-water fishing with standard dry flies, such as an elk hair caddis or parachute adams.

Hager Farm & Ranch Sale Named Agriculture Deal of the Year

The Land Report, the magazine of the American Landowner, has named the Hager Farm and Ranch sale the “Agriculture Deal of the Year”. The Triple Crown of auctions took place November 7-8, 2013, as 33,667 acres of Kansas farm and ranch land were put on the market by Hall and Hall Auctions. Over 500 spectators, including 128 registered bidders, participated in a two-day auction, which totaled $46,485,770 in land sales.

Highlights of the auctions included: a 160-acre Wichita County tract that brought $3,312 per acre and ranchland south of Meade that brought $1,007 per acre. Properties were purchased by 22 separate individuals, including local landowners and buyers from Louisiana, Texas, Nebraska and Colorado. A $3.6 million equipment sale happened at a later date.



Where Would You be Without Agriculture?

National Ag Week is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of agriculture.  Agriculture provides most everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis.  The intent of Ag Week (March 23 – 30, 2014) is to connect consumers with a better understanding and appreciation of the sources of their food and fiber.

In Northwest Colorado, the Community Agriculture Alliance coordinated several events and activities focused on the value of agriculture and how agriculture matters in the Yampa Valley. Steamboat Springs based Hall and Hall partner Brian Smith, now in his fifth year serving on the Board of Directors of the Community Agriculture Alliance, was involved in several events throughout the week, including:

Ag Appreciation Breakfast – This well-attended event was a great way to show appreciation for family producers and the many ancillary businesses and agencies that support local agriculture.

Ag Estate Planning Workshop – Informative panel discussion drawing upon the strengths of attorneys and financial advisers focused on the importance of estate planning for agricultural families who have often accumulated significant value their land assets.

Historical Perspective on Local Agriculture – Diane (Hitchens) Holly, whose ranch has been owned and operated by the same family for over 100 years, hosted a spirited and humor-filled discussion about the hardships experienced by local ranch families prior to the modern conveniences we often take for granted.

For those who are not involved in agriculture on a daily basis, Ag Week is an excellent time to acknowledge the vital role that agriculture plays in the livelihoods and abundance that Americans enjoy.

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Bill Kurtis Narrates Hall and Hall Auctions Video

Hall and Hall Auctions is excited to release a new promotional video featuring the voice of celebrated television journalist Bill Kurtis that details the art of marketing farms and ranches via auction. The video features spectacular scenery and actual footage of properties selling at auction. Thanks to Aerial Imaging Productions for a job well done.

Be the first to view this inspirational video.

Hall & Hall Auctions from Aerial Imaging Productions on Vimeo.

IX Ranch – One Youngster Helps Another on a Montana Ranch

By: David Johnson

Yesterday 14-year-old Jessica Roth helped a 1st-calf heifer deliver in the OB room at the Eagle Creek headquarters on the IX Ranch in Big Sandy, Montana. They don’t call it “pulling” calves for nothing. In the photo you see they’re both giving it their all.

Two weeks from today, hundreds of 2-year-old heifers will have their first babies suckling at their sides thanks to Jessica……… and a few of her bigger ranch hand friends.

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Jessica Roth helps a 1st-calf heifer deliver in the OB room at the Eagle Creek headquarters on the IX Ranch.

The IX Ranch is located south-east of Big Sandy in the mixed-grass prairie of north central Montana. The ranch extends through the southern edge of the Bear Paw mountain range and on east towards the Missouri River. It encompasses a wide variety of terrain from rolling hills and willow creek bottoms to jagged river breaks and mountains.


Kansas Farm and Ranch Land Auction Totals $10.74+ Million

On March 3rd Hall and Hall Auctions had approximately 125 people in attendance at its Kansas farm and ranch auction  in Colby, KS, with 52 registered bidders. The auction totaled $10,764,300 on 7,600 acres of Northwest Kansas properties.  There were 800+ irrigated acres, seven pivots,  3,330+ dryland farm acres, and over 3,000 acres of pasture offered in 12 tracts.

“The was a very good example of Hall and Hall’s marketing program and the technology we bring to auction day for a successful event,” said Scott Shuman of Hall and Hall Auctions.


Fifty-two registered bidders totaled $10,764,300 in Kansas farm and ranch land sales.