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Miller Cattle Company

  • Miller Cattle Company

Miller Cattle Company

$12,850,000
Crow Agency, Montana

Located approximately a 60-minute drive east of Billings, this diversified ranch running 800-plus animal units (AUs) along with 3,700± acres of wheat and improved pasture lies in Montana’s finest ranching country. Running on approximately 22,670 acres, of which 14,270± are deeded, the ranch is conveniently located 10 minutes from Crow Agency adjacent to U.S. Highway 212. It features high-quality and well-kept residential and agricultural improvements, productive farm ground, improved pasture, ample stock water, strong native grasses and a surprisingly strong recreational component based upon outstanding upland bird and pheasant hunting. 

It features three comfortable homes from 1,400± to 3,200± square feet to go along with the very complete operating facilities. Excellent interior ranch roads allow for easy access to approximately 1,700 acres of currently tilled ground and nearly 2,000 acres of improved pasture. Multiple pastures and year-round live water enable efficient pasture rotations throughout the year. In summary, Miller Cattle Company represents absolutely the best that Montana has to offer in a ranch - both in terms of exceptional cattle country and in consistently high-producing dry cropland. In addition, it is completely and meticulously improved. 

Location: 

Miller Cattle Company is located just over an hour east of Billings, which is Montana’s largest city and certainly its major agricultural center, and home to one of the Northwest’s busiest commercial airports. The ranch is a short 25-minute drive into Hardin – also a significant agricultural center and the county seat of Big Horn County. Crow Agency and the Battle of the Little Big Horn Museum and Visitor’s Center are within a15-minute drive. The ranch’s location places one “out in the country” but within easy range of everything that one might need while operating a ranch, and within easy reach of a plethora of social and cultural amenities in Billings.

Locale: 

This is pure ranching country dominated by large ranches that have been in the same ownership for generations. Many consider it to be the best natural livestock country in the United States. American Indians fought over it, considering it to be the best of the “greasy grass” country. What makes it great? Strong grass, consistent precipitation, plentiful livestock water, good soils, and a reasonably long growing season as well as winters that are marked by stretches of warm chinook winds. Most neighbors are serious about ranching, but people generally travel to Sheridan, Wyoming, or to Hardin and Billings in Montana, for their social life. The ranch does lie within the Crow Indian Reservation which brings with it a somewhat different set of laws than most non-reservation areas of the state. There is a strong “white” ranching community on “the Crow” that works well together. 

General Description: 

The main headquarters of the ranch lies just south of U.S. Highway 212, and the ranch stretches further south encompassing portions of Reno, Tullock and Blue Creek as they flow from the Wolf Mountains. They offer both intermittent- and continuous-flowing water through the ranch pastures as well as offering protected brushy creek bottoms. Most of the farm land is convenient to the headquarters and is fenced to allow it to be used separately for grazing or hay production. The deeded lands lie in large contiguous parcels making one less dependent on the Indian leases. There are 20 large, well-watered grazing pastures allowing for efficient rotational grazing. With the exception of the creek bottoms, the ranch consists of rolling, well-sodded pastures and productive farm ground with very little waste. 

Acreage: 

Dryland crop                1,837.51±

Improved pasture         1,882.81±

Rangeland                  10,549.68±

Total deeded              14,270.00±

Leases & Permits: 

There are approximately 9,810 acres leased from Crow Tribal members. This is primarily rangeland and annual lease costs are estimated at $49,115.

Improvements: 

The headquarters includes three comfortable homes which range in size from 1,400± to 3,200± square feet. There are multiple metal buildings for equipment storage and a cinder block shop. The working facilities are exceptional with pipe or continuous panel corrals and enclosed areas for working cattle, including a fully certified scale. There are two pipe receiving pens with concrete bunks for bringing cattle in as well as a covered recovery pen for sick livestock. These facilities all give way to a series of five well-fenced small pastures. Everything is well thought out for convenience and low-stress management of livestock which can easily be handled by a small crew. There are also small traps that are connected to a nice horse barn and shed row for the saddle horses. 

Of particular note is the fencing and water development which includes 20 outside pastures as well as having both the dry cropland and improved pastures fenced separately. Good water development allows the pastures to be used either for hay and grain production or for grazing during the appropriate season. Additionally, there is a set of continuous panel corrals centrally located that can be used for branding or working cattle, so that there is no need to move them back to headquarters.

Simply put, Miller Cattle Company has been thoughtfully and efficiently improved over the years to allow for the highly efficient utilization of an exceptional ranch. Pride of ownership is evident throughout the property. 

Climate: 

Located on the northwest flank of the Wolf Mountains, the ranch receives excellent and relatively consistent precipitation estimated to be in the 16” to 18” range. Crow Agency, about 15 miles away in the Little Bighorn Valley, is the nearest reporting station. Statistics there indicate 15.74 inches of average precipitation, 75 percent of which falls in the critically important March through July period. The growing season is estimated at 135 days but likely will be shorter at the ranch. Average high temperatures are 60.5 degrees and average low is 29.5 degrees. Altitude at the ranch is under 5,000 feet which, in Montana, is pretty ideal for livestock production. 

General Operations: 

Miller Cattle Company is a diversified cow/calf/yearling and dryland wheat operation. Currently 1837.51± acres are devoted to dryland wheat. In calendar 2016, 685± acres were in winter wheat with the balance in summer fallow. Yields in 2015 were 39 bushels per acre and yields in 2016 were 47 bushels per acre. The farming is currently done on a custom basis.  The balance of the cropland, amounting to 1882.81± acres, is seeded to improved pastures which can be used for grazing or hay production. It is all conveniently fenced to allow maximum flexibility. The mother cows are normally fed through the winter near the headquarters and then turned out to calve. This allows for yearlings to be brought into the receiving pens and moved to summer pastures. Yearlings and calves are marketed in the fall. Under the current operating scenario, the ranch runs approximately 411 mature cows and appropriate bulls on a year-round basis with hay being fed normally between December and the end of March. Approximately 850 to 1000 yearlings are run from May through September. The ranch also runs 280 to 300 partnership cows and bulls on the ranch from April through October. The ranch is well set up to move livestock between pastures and back to the headquarters with minimum stress. The beauty of the Miller Cattle Company is that one has the flexibility to move between the cattle and grain markets and adjust numbers based on market and weather conditions. 

Recreational Considerations: 

If the new owner of the Miller Cattle Company is a non-Indian, tribal laws prohibit big game hunting. However, the upland bird hunting is some of the best in the state. The improved pasture and grain crops further enhance this feature of the property. Pheasant hunting is also excellent. 

Taxes: 

Based upon past years, the annual real estate taxes are estimated at $21,595.

Water Rights: 

The Miller Cattle Company has extensive stock water rights throughout the ranch’s many pastures. Besides the three streams which provide water most of the year, there are numerous spring-fed reservoirs plus two traditional windmills and two that are backed up by solar. The wells near headquarters are serviced by electricity and provide good winter water. A particular blessing is that the ranch has no irrigation, which tends to increase expenses on a livestock operation. Mother Nature generally provides for all the ranch’s needs through consistent, well-timed precipitation falling on good soils. 

Mineral Rights: 

All wind and mineral rights currently owned by the seller will transfer to the buyer. The extent of the mineral ownership of the current owner is not known. 

Broker Comments: 

Miller Cattle Company is one of the finest diversified ranches in Montana and it lies in true reputation cattle country. It benefits significantly by lying in two connected blocks of contiguous deeded land which allows one to take advantage of well-priced Indian leases as they come up to expand the ranch’s capacity. The nearly 10,000 acres of adjacent lands at prices ranging from $4 to $6 per acre are a significant benefit to the ranch’s deeded base. 

The Facts: 
  • 14,270± deeded acres
  • 8,400± leased acres
  • 60 miles east of Billings and 10 minutes from Crow Agency
  • Three well-built and comfortable homes
  • Terrific bird hunting
  • 3,700± acres of farm land and improved pasture
  • Excellent operating improvements
  • Conservatively rated at over 800 Animal Units
  • Key features: Well-improved, mostly deeded ranch in Montana’s finest ranching country
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 and Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 or Randy Clavel at (308) 534-9000 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 or Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.


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Dave Roddy • (406) 656-7500
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Randy Clavel • (308) 534-9000
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882

Disclaimer: 

Following is a Montana law required disclosure.

UNDERSTANDING WHOM REAL ESTATE AGENTS REPRESENT

Montana law requires that BUYER’s and SELLER’s be advised about the different types of agency relationships available to them (MCA § 37-51-102 & 37-51-321).  A real estate agent is qualified to advise only on real estate matters.  As the client or as the customer, please be advised that you have the option of hiring outside professional services on your own behalf (legal and tax counsel, home or building inspectors, accountant, environmental inspectors, range management or agricultural advisors, etc.) at any time during the course of a transaction to obtain additional information to make an informed decision.  Each and every agent has obligations to each other party to a transaction no matter whom the agent represents.  The various relationships are as follows:

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NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.