The IX Ranch—No “Fixer Upper”

The IX Ranch is not a ranch requiring more capital expenditures after its purchase. It’s not like the situation often found among ranches for sale, a place that’s been let go because the owner is “over it” and has fallen off in his ranch maintenance, repair and reinvestment.

For example, it’s haying season in North Central Montana. Equipment needs to be in top condition to get through weeks of cutting, raking, bailing, hauling hay on fields over the ranch’s many miles. So, the IX just spent close to $300,000 on new haying equipment. It recently arrived on the ranch and includes a number of items from a $25,000 rake to a $120,000 tractor.

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Why Invest in Ranchland? It’s a “Grass Factory”

Quite apart from the old adage “they’re not making any more of it”, ranchland has a critical quality that most people do not recognize. It is essentially a “grass factory” that annually produces native forage with no outside man made inputs. When ingested by a cow or a deer or an elk or a bison, that grass is converted into highly desirable protein in the form of meat – beef, venison, etc. Beef in particular is considered by a rapidly developing middle class throughout the world to be the most desirable and sought after source of protein.

The IX Ranch runs a cattle herd of 4,300 and hoes into the winter with around 3,500 bred cows and 600 heifer calves – plus an appropriate number of bulls and ranch horses.

The IX Ranch runs a cattle herd of 4,300 and goes into the winter with around 3,500 bred cows and 600 heifer calves – plus an appropriate number of bulls and ranch horses.

Literally hundreds of millions of people in the BRIC countries alone are reaching a point where they can afford to eat beef at some level. Put in simple terms this is where the growing demand is coming from. As mentioned above, they are not making any more rangeland. Consequently the supply of beef is limited by the available rangeland. We believe that this classic supply versus demand scenario creates a compelling reason to invest in ranchland.

The Wilson Ranch is an excellent tall grass ranch situated on the western flank of the world-renowned Kansas Flint Hills

The Wilson Ranch is an excellent tall grass ranch situated on the western flank of the world-renowned Kansas Flint Hills.

As an investment class asset, ranchland has tended to have very little correlation to the equities markets. As an example, during the 2000 to 2010 period when stocks pretty much stood still, working ranches more than doubled in value. The idea that one can buy critical real estate at its lowest use (we doubt they will ever change the zoning to prohibit livestock grazing!) is so sought after that ranches rarely come on the market and they sell at prices that yield less than 2% from annual cash rentals. Not to fear however, as ranchland values have a long history of steady appreciation and the future looks quite secure based upon the population demographics mention above.

Hunting Montana’s Most Iconic Ranches For Sale

By: Ryan Flair

Recently I had the privilege to spend time with good friends and clients bird hunting on the exceptional IX Ranch and PN Ranch.

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These Montana properties are two of the West’s most iconic ranches and known for their ranching heritage.

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With the Fall colors in full awakening and the crisp air giving notice to the rising winter season, we set out on horseback to follow our brace of pointing dogs with huns and sharptails our main focus and the opportunity for pheasant a distinct possibility.

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Along with exemplary cattle operations these Montana ranches offer magnificent vistas and remarkable wildlife diversity.

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 The IX boasts populations of elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, mountain lion and five species of upland birds.

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It is experiences such as these that embodies our desire to live in the West.

 

 

Legendary Montana Ranch Improves Irrigation System

By: Dave Johnson

The IX Ranch, the legendary Montana legacy ranch for sale,  is making its largest pivot irrigation sprinkler more user friendly, Eco-friendly and less expensive. The current diesel powered pump is being replaced with an electric motor.

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To do so requires pulling 3-phase electrical service into the pivot center under ground. It’s expensive but worth it. This will obviate the need for either a double-wall fuel tank or a containment structure under the 2,000 gallon tank.

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It will reduce operations and labor expenses as well, such as every 10 days oil changes and fuel monitoring and supplying. The payoff will be over time into the future. But investing for the long-term sustainability of the ranch has always been a hallmark of the IX.

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This professionally managed operation runs a cattle herd of 4,300 and covers over 126,000 acres, of which 59,809 is deeded and the majority of the balance being State grazing leases. Besides its position as one of Montana’s great cattle ranches, the IX boasts sizable  populations of elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, mountain lion and five species of upland birds. It is also an extremely scenic ranch boasting a broad diversity of habitat types from productive meadows to rolling hills which give way to steeper mountain country with scatterings of aspens and evergreens. For more information, visit http://hallhall.com/ranches-for-sale/properties/ix-ranch.

 

Montana’s IX Ranch Inspires Yahoo! Yodeler, Wylie Gustafson

Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman, and the original, world-famous Yahoo!® yodeler, Wylie Gustafson has been creatively inspired by Montana for most of his life. He is a real life cowboy born into a 4th generation ranching family on the empty sprawl of Northern Montana.   As Cowboys and Indians magazine puts it, “Wylie has established himself as the first giant of the new pantheon that will inherit, preserve, and enhance the Western music tradition.”

In this video Wylie sings a song about working  Montana ranches and specifically his experiences on  IX Ranch, a huge legacy ranch with a long history of ownership and an impeccable reputation in ranch country. The current owners are the second owners in the ranch’s 126 year history. It runs a cattle herd of 4,300 and  covers more than 126,000 acres.  The IX has accommodations for a full crew and comfortable quarters for guests. It  boasts sizable populations of elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, antelope, mountain lion and five species of upland birds.

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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.