“Texas News and Views” Radio Show Features Tyler Jacobs of Hall and Hall

Texas Farm Bureau’s “Texas News and Views” radio program recently featured Hall and Hall partner, Tyler Jacobs, commenting about insurance considerations for those buying or selling rural property.

Here is a link to the program.

TylerJacobsTyler lives and ranches five miles outside of Montgomery, TX.   Graduating from Texas Tech University with his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries management, he has had professional and entrepreneurial experience in hunting operations, timber valuation, cow/calf and yearling operations, grass-fed beef production, and land-use planning. Currently serving as President of the Texas Land Brokers Network, he also is an affiliated member of RLI, TSCRA, MCBIA, and TALB. A proud fifth-generation Texan, Tyler holds the legacy of land ownership in the highest regard.


Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust Roundup BBQ

By: Mike Fraley

On a beautiful August evening, my wife and I were fortunate enough to attend the Annual Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust Roundup Barbeque held at the C Bar B Ranch, thanks to the generous hospitality of Steve and Marty Gose, and managers Gary and Mary Ann Grubb.

Mike and board of trustee member Steve Laird and wife Penny.

Mike and board of trustee member Steve Laird and wife Penny.

Hall and Hall was one of the sponsors for this event, and it was our privilege to represent a company which places such a high value on land conservation in the state of Wyoming.  The night was full of great music, conversation and catching up with ranching couples from around the state.  A wonderful dinner, auction and a warm welcome from Mantha Phillips, chairman of the board of directors of the WSGA Land Trust, started the night off.  Many ranchers and conservationists were recognized for their efforts, which have protected over 235,000 acres of productive ag-lands.  The evening was highlighted when Pat O’Toole was awarded the Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award for his work with water and habitat conservation not only in Wyoming, but at a national level.

Hosting ranch owners Steve and Marty Gose, and Board of Director Rob Hendry.

Hosting ranch owners Steve and Marty Gose, and Board of Director Rob Hendry.

This conserved acreages includes:

- 105,397 acres of sage-grouse habitat

- 67,125 acres of grasslands

- 21,125 acres of hay and pasture land

- 17,125 acres of wetlands

- 13,524 acres of forests

Mark Gordon, local Johnson County rancher and Wyoming State Treasurer, was the keynote speaker, and as a fellow Johnson County cattle producer I really appreciated many of his points.  “We have a care and relationship with the land that can’t be had by a government fiat relationship. It is now important that we endure.  A feature of our state is that when we started in 1890, agriculture was the backbone of Wyoming. All of these years later, it is important that we are careful with our resources.  If we are careful, we can continue to fund and make good investments with the land and resources of our state.“

The evening was concluded with an incredible live auction, auctioneered by the notorious Larry Brannian of Brannian Auction Company. Buyers were more than generous with their financial contributions.  Monies raised will assist the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust in conserving our state’s great resources.

A special thanks goes out to the hosting ranch owners, the Gose family, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust staff, board members, and the many volunteers for an exceptional evening!

Auctioneer Larry Brannian.

Auctioneer Larry Brannian.

A special thanks goes out to the hosting ranch owners, the Gose family, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust staff, board members, and the many volunteers that pulled off an exceptional evening! *Photo Credit - Wyatt DeVries.

Hobble Diamond Ranch Profiled by Bloomberg TV

Located 12 miles east of Big Timber, running along 6 miles of the Yellowstone River and north into the foothills, the Hobble Diamond Ranch is a fully improved 1000-plus animal unit ranch.  Operating on over 30,000± deeded and leased acres, the ranch boasts exceptional working improvements, 1,250± acres of irrigated cropland, extensive riparian areas along the river and thousands of acres of scenic foothill rangeland.  This diversified self-contained operation also produces excess hay and grain to sell as cash crops when market conditions warrant.

The owner’s compound is located in the cottonwoods along the river in a very private setting.  It is exquisite with a magnificent owner’s home, guest cabins and bunkhouse.  This offering is the complete package – balanced cattle operation, fishing, wildlife, the finest of working improvements and a tasteful owner’s compound.

Bloomberg’s James Tarmy has the details on “Bloomberg Markets.”

Hall and Hall Celebrates 70th Anniversary

By: Jim Taylor

Looking back over my 44 years at Hall and Hall, it seems like it was only yesterday that my career began as one of two real estate partners working with Warren Hall and Bob Morse who handled our loan and appraisal business. My real estate partner Bruce Toole was gone within the year, leaving me to build that side of the business, and Doug Hall came in during that first summer to work with Warren and Bob on the loan/appraisal side.

Doug C.Hall, Henry C.Hall,Sr. Warren P.Hall, and Henry Hall Jr.

Doug C.Hall, Henry C.Hall,Sr. Warren P.Hall, and Henry Hall Jr.

I was attracted to Hall and Hall because as a 27-year-old neophyte, I knew I needed the knowledge and credibility of an established firm and the ability, as a partner, to share in their established business. I had starved the previous year trying to do it on my own so I knew what the stakes were! Even back then Hall and Hall had already been around for over 25 years and had an impeccable reputation in the agricultural community.

Henry Hall, Jr.

Henry Hall, Jr.

Doug was a couple years younger than me but Hall and Hall as a family company had been a part of his life since birth. The security of the well-established loan and appraisal business plus the reputation that his father Warren had built for Hall and Hall provided the spring board for us to leap into a future that involved building a full service real estate firm specializing in “Investment Quality Rural Real Estate” throughout the U.S. and in selected locations internationally.

The Big Time Dec 2 1990

We were able to attract great people that allowed us to expand both our territory and our service offerings as we built a management business, a retained search business and an auction business. Hall and Hall has transitioned from a family owned company to an employee owned company that has grown to service a community of investors in and owners of some of the finest farms, ranches and exceptional land holdings throughout the U.S. and the world.

Colorado Land & Water Auction Rakes in $12.6 Million

The auction of a family-owned farm near Mead, Colorado raked in $12.6 million Thursday, July 28th as farmers, developers and five cities bid for land and the attached water and ditch rights. Below are excerpts from the Denver Post article reporting the sale.

The auction was packed with bidders, and 13 emerged with a piece of the Reynolds family portfolio. Municipalities, developers and farmers all grabbed units of Colorado-Big Thompson water (CB-T), while developers and growers signed deals for land.

The auction was of high interest, given the land’s location in the path of northern Front Range development and the large amount of water attached to it.


Hall and Hall Auctions partner Scott Shuman said 276 CB-T units brought in the largest chunk of money, about $7.6 million or an average of $27,356 each. The CB-T units, already trading for high sums, were expected to be the most pricey given their given their scarcity and the ability to use the water for uses such as agriculture, development and industrial processes, including oil and gas extraction.

But on a per-share basis, the 15.75 Highland Ditch shares stole the show, averaging $148,900 each for an estimated total of $2.3 million. All the shares were sold to farmers or investors.

Although CB-T water got most of the attention prior to the auction, Shuman said the ditch shares provide more acre-feet of water than CB-T and are not limited to a specific geography. CB-T water, which is conveyed from the headwaters of the Colorado River near Grand Lake, can be used only within the boundaries of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

The 461 acres of land averaged $6,970 each, bringing in roughly $3.2 million. At the last minute, 50 acres of land and two Highland Ditch shares were added to the auction.


Scott Shuman Elected as VP of National Auctioneers Association

Yesterday, our Partner Scott Shuman was unanimously elected as Vice President of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA).  In one year,  he will rotate into the Presidency.  It’s a great honor and testament to Scott and Hall and Hall’s reputation within the Auction Industry.

Founded in 1949, NAA is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to auction professionals. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., the NAA represents the interests of thousands of auction professionals in the U.S., Canada and across the world.

Scott has more than 29 years of auction experience attending auction school in 1986 and opening an auction firm shortly thereafter.  He is the 2014 Colorado State Champion Auctioneer, and was awarded the 1997, 2002 and 2014 Auction of the Year awards from the NAA, as well as the prestigious Rose Award presented by the Certified Auctioneers Institute. Scott has served as an instructor for the Certified Auctioneers Institute and Trustee for the NAA Education Institute.  He is a past CAA Board member and currently serves as a director on the NAA Board.  Scott and his wife Krista reside in Eaton, Colorado with their three children. Their hobbies include snow skiing and cheering on the Denver Broncos.