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Hall and Hall Partners with K·Coe Isom for Estate Planning and More

According to the USDA Agricultural Census, the fastest growing group of farm and ranch operators are those 65 years of age. Succession planning must be an integral part of an overall strategic plan to position a business for long-term growth under the next generation of leadership.

Most of us don’t want to envision a day we won’t be around to care for our families. But the reality is that the Baby Boomers are aging and without proper estate planning, the ones you love can be inadvertently hurt —emotionally and financially.  Successful estate planning allows for the transfer of one’s assets to one’s beneficiaries quickly and usually with minimal tax consequences.

K·Coe Isom develops estate plans with five primary goals: transfer assets according to your wishes, protect net worth, provide orderly management transition, provide financial security for family members, and protect the estate from potential creditors. Hall and Hall will work with K-Coe Isom clients in the areas of long-term mortgage loans, appraisals, acquisition or disposition of real-estate assets and advising on best practices gleaned from managing over 1.2 million acres of farm and ranch land.

“In the coming years, we expect to see continued consolidation in agriculture.  Many farms and ranches will pass on to the next generation or will transfer ownership,” said Jeff Wald, CEO of K·Coe Isom. “Working with farmers and ranchers throughout the United States, we really appreciate being able to refer clients to Hall and Hall – a firm with a sterling reputation and significant experience in land transactions, long-term financing and management.”

K•Coe Isom  leads, nationally, as consultants and CPAs in the food and agriculture industry. To create the greatest value for customers, we focus intensely on just a few industries, becoming part of the industry—influencing it and facilitating success for those who operate within it. For over 80 years, K•Coe Isom has been working with operators that cover over a million acres of land and thousands of heads of cattle combined. We also have a strong regional presence in community banking, construction, education, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate and development, and technology.


Attention to Detail Key in Auction Business

By: Scott Shuman

The last few weeks have been very interesting.  With four auctions totaling nearly 10,000 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas, a nearly 13,000 acre auction in California, a Partners meeting in Montana coupled with an auction information day in Montana, and finally a 20,000 acre auction in NE Montana, we have been on the move.

I am very fortunate to have many partners that make improving their ability to market properties a priority.  For some, it is owning the latest in photography equipment. For others it is owning the latest in Drone technology.  A couple Partners even have their own planes.  Last Friday I was able to fly for the first time with Dave Johnson.  He shared with me all of the hours he has had to spend to be proficient in the air.  He also shared that he did so to be able to service properties better and to be able to serve his clients at the drop of a hat.  A big feat for the size of territory he covers.


Prior to our takeoff I was impressed how thoroughly he went through the checklist.  Furthermore, he explained each detail as he went along.  It was as though he wanted me to understand what each gauge did and what every read out meant.

Considering the consequences of not understanding, I think I became a very good student.  Actually, I have already forgotten most of what he shared but at the time I was on it.

It reminded me of the steps we take and attention to detail required to make sure an auction turns out well, from understanding the property to knowing how to market it.

I am pleased that the people around me pay very close detail to those steps and they understand the importance of even the smallest of them.  I am even happier that my pilot and business partner recognizes the importance of checking on the smallest of details!

Report From 44 Farms Cattle Sale in Texas

B Elfland and Tyler Jacobs were in attendance at the 44 Farms Fall Sale in Cameron, Texas.  Any possible softening of the cattle market was not evident at the sale, as producers turned out despite heavy rains in the area. The sale lasted into early evening with approximately 500 bulls sold at an average of nearly $9,000. The top selling female brought $210,000 for a 50% interest and the top selling herd bull brought $100,000.

The tremendous advancements in genetics, EPD’s and breeding strategies continues to shape the cattle industry with increased emphasis on females. 44 Farms is an outstanding example of how the industry has evolved and the new opportunities available due to cutting edge technology.

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Fall Days on Wyoming Ranches

For so many of us who share a love for the Rocky Mountains and all the area offers, fall is our favorite season.  With the brilliant changing colors, the abundant wildlife, and mild weather it’s easy to see why this is a favorite time of year.  For those who are involved in cattle ranching, the Fall season means long days of moving cattle off of summer pasture, pregnancy checking cows, pre-conditioning calves and shipping.

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It means hard decisions about whether or not to sale this year’s calf crop now or hold onto them a little longer.  This year we have enjoyed an unusually mild Fall, but a “not so favorable” cattle market.  The cattle market dropped dramatically, starting in August and continuing through early October.  Late October is starting to show signs of an improving market, with beef commodity prices steadily rising.


Last week I helped a client ship his calves and pregnancy check their cows.  The talk between cattlemen in the corrals surrounded the gamble that ranching involves.  Several area ranchers have sold their calves already while others have made the decision to hold onto theirs for a while longer with hopes that the market will continue to improve.  So much of the gamble involves circumstances that are beyond our control, number one being the weather.  Because of a very wet spring and the mild weather throughout the Fall, this year’s grass is as good as it’s been in a long time.  Seasons like this fall on Wyoming ranches give cattlemen a lot to be thankful for as well as a lot to look forward to.


Pronghorn Hunting on a Montana Ranch For Sale

By; Keith Lenard

Just last week I was out showing our listing near Garrison, Montana, the Ranch of Rainbows. Coming over a low grass saddle, we suddenly saw a group of about fifteen pronghorn antelope racing across a broad grassy bowl.  Saturday, October 10 was the opening day for antelope hunting with a rifle in Montana. Although archery season for antelope was in full effect for weeks prior, this was the first opportunity for us mere mortals to get out and hunt one of my favorite species.


Unlike their wilier cousins, deer and elk, antelope hunting occurs in wide open grasslands where spot-and-stalk tactics yield the best results. The experience is one of almost always having game in sight, even if it is three miles away across a wide open, wind-swept basin.  Most likely, that three miles may have little more than knee-high grass between you and your quarry. Getting within range of such critters requires getting intimate with the folds and undulations of the prairie landscape and often requires belly-crawling to cover that last 500 yards or so. In short, it is like nothing else in North American big game hunting.


Here in western Montana, we don’t have a lot of antelope.  The large populations that Montana has are found further east in places where such listings as the PN Ranch, the Foster Ranch or the 3K Ranch are found. But we do have some exceptions.  If the timbered landscapes and dramatic mountain scenery of western Montana are more to your liking, we have a couple of notable exceptions where antelope can be readily found. Both the Ranch of Rainbows and Meade Creek Ranch hold small resident herds of these plains animals that are very close to the western extent of this species’ range in Montana. That combined with good hunting for mule deer and elk make the area around Garrison a great hunter’s destination. Antelope license are awarded by a lottery system in Montana and my tag was for a broad sweep of prairie east of the Missouri River and it’s famous fishing. By noon of the opener I had crawled far enough on hands and knees and belly to finally put one of these elegant animals in my sights. The rest is a campfire story.


Fall is the Best Time to Enjoy a Rocky Mountain Ranch

Whether you are wetting a line among the many rivers, chasing Elk in the mountains, or following your favorite bird dog, fall is one of the best times to enjoy a Rocky Mountain ranch.  With crisp mornings and the colorful turning leaves on trees, autumn is the season in which we invest in the rewards of the spring and summer. It is the time for final harvests and shipping of cattle, as well as, enjoying many of the hunting and recreational offerings of this glorious landscape.


It is a time for generations to gather and be thankful for all that the land has provided. It is one of our favorite times to enjoy and share with our clients in their experiences on their amazing properties.  Here at Hall and Hall, we want to personally wish you success this fall season and are thankful to have been part of your experience.