7H Ranch

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7H Ranch - Recently Sold

Ruby Valley, Nevada

Located on the eastern flank of the Ruby Mountains 55 miles southeast of Elko, Nevada, the 7H Ranch is a quality year-round operating ranch steeped in the tradition and heritage of northern Nevada and the Great Basin.   The ranch consists of 3,417± deeded acres largely in a single block along Ruby Valley Road.  A separate 40-acre parcel surrounded by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grazing allotments permitted to the ranch is located 12 miles to the south.  The ranch encompasses portions of Franklin Lake, a valley playa fed by the Franklin River flowing from the north, and borders the expansive Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge to the south.  The property also joins lands managed by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), and BLM.  The ranch is approximately 245 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, 345 miles east of Reno, and 390 miles north of Las Vegas.   

The 7H is a balanced cow/calf operation that will support 600 animal units. In addition to a sizeable deeded component, the ranch utilizes contiguous federal and state lands, including 3,000± acres owned by NDOW extending eastward from the ranch into the Franklin Lake playa.  These lands are under a 50-year lease to the 7H (with 24 years remaining), and the ranch typically utilizes 1,100± animal unit months (AUMs) during summer and fall months.  The 7H also holds a U.S. Forest Service gazing permit covering two allotments lying immediately west of the ranch.  The permit provides for 484 head months from May through July.  In addition, the ranch holds two BLM grazing permits that cover summer, fall, and winter allotments starting four miles south of the ranch for a total of 3,848 AUMs. Because of wild horse considerations, however, the ranch has not utilized these allotments for several years nor have the allotments been given any credit in estimating carrying capacity.  

Producing its own winter feed, the ranch irrigates 610± acres of cropland with five Zimmatic center pivots (new since 2010) serviced by four wells.  Cropland is harvested 2-3 times per season and supports 3-4 tons per acre.  An additional 60 acres of flood irrigated meadow hay is also harvested.  Overall, irrigation and stock water are excellent at the 7H.  Abundant snowmelt from the adjacent Ruby Mountains feeds several creeks and washes that drain onto the property charging the aquifer and allowing for ease of flood irrigation.  

Improvements are functional and oriented around the cattle operation.  The main ranch home, which was remodeled in 2011, is currently occupied by the ranch manager and is located in a private setting at the northwest end of the property next to Smith Creek.  The home features three bedrooms and three baths along with a large deck and attached garage.  The headquarters area, located on the east side of Ruby Road opposite of the main home, includes a second residence occupied by a ranch employee, a bunk house, shop building, and equipment storage.  Covered scales and steel working corrals with a hydraulic squeeze chute, all in excellent condition, are located south of the headquarters in the center portion of the ranch on the east side of Ruby Valley Road.  

Recreation in the area includes hiking, horseback riding, big game hunting, and backcountry skiing in the adjacent Ruby Mountains. Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge provides excellent bird watching and is renowned fishing for largemouth bass and rainbow trout.   The ranch is just north of the Pony Express National Historic Trail and Pony Express Monument. 

Among the first ranches settled in the Ruby Valley, the 7H Ranch represents a rare opportunity in today’s market to acquire a sizeable holding in one of northern Nevada’s most tightly held ranching areas.  The 7H supports a high quality year-round cattle operation enhanced by the beauty, serenity, and wildness of the Ruby Mountains and Ruby Valley’s Great Basin landscape.

The Facts: 
  • 600 animal unit ranching operation located at the foot of the Ruby Mountains 55 miles southeast of Elko and 65 miles south of Wells
  • 3,417± deeded acres bordered by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, and the Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Excellent “outside” grazing on adjacent federal and state lands
  • The ranch raises its own winter feed on 610± acres of pivot irrigated cropland plus native hay meadows
  • Solid ranch and residential improvements
  • Excellent Great Basin scenery with the 10,000-foot Ruby Mountains as the backdrop
  • The area offers a variety of recreation and sporting opportunities, including excellent fishing at Ruby Lake NWR
Additional Services: 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission–to represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Berstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally, the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources. Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Bergstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offer “Another Solution” to create liquidity for the owners of Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate.  Our auction team has experience in marketing farmland, ranchland, timberland and recreational properties throughout the nation.  Extreme attention to detail and complete transparency coupled with Hall and Hall’s “Rolodex” of more than 40,000 targeted owners and buyers of rural real estate help assure that there are multiple bidders at each auction. In addition, the unique Hall and Hall partnership model creates a teamwork approach that helps to assure that we realize true market value on auction day.  For more information on our auction services contact Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.

APPRAISALS - Staying abreast of ancillary market influences in ever-changing economic conditions requires a broad professional network to tap into. Finding an appraiser who not only understands the numbers but also the differences in value from one area to another is a critical part of making an informed decision. The appraisal team at Hall and Hall, formed entirely of Accredited Members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), has that critical network of brokers and lending professionals. This professional network coupled with diverse experience across multiple regions and market segments allows our appraisal team to deliver a quality product in a reasonable timeframe.  For more information contact our appraisal team at (406) 656-7500.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to landowners.  In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and efficient processing allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing  |  Flexible Terms  |  Efficient Processing
Tina Hamm or Scott Moran • (406) 656-7500 
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884


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