The Rust Ranch is a well blocked ranch located in the northeast corner of Colorado in Sedgwick County near Julesburg. This 8,110± acre hard grass ranch lies on the south banks of the South Platte River. Outstanding improvements, lush grass and hay, plus pivot irrigated and sub-irrigated crop makes this an outstanding ranch opportunity.
Just the Facts
- 8,110± total acres - 6,059± deeded and 2,051± State Lease
- All contiguous acreage
- Property borders both sides of I-76
- Corn and hay production and livestock operation
- 120± sprinkler irrigated acres
- 280± acres sub-irrigated meadows
- 8-10 solar wells plus windmills and underground pipeline
- Ranch style owner residence with 2,327 sq.ft. main level and 3,427 sq.ft. lower level
- Two bunk houses
- Background lot
- Boarders the South Platte River on the north
- Abundant upland birds and waterfowl
The Rust Ranch is easily accessed from I-76 to a nearly private County Road #28. The northern boundary joins the South Platte River with protection from the river for livestock, a beautiful view and good access to the river. Access to the large pasture located south of the improvements is available both from the main headquarters utilizing under passes (concrete tunnels) under I-76 as well as the county gravel road which is also available to the southeast corner of the property. Most all improvements are located on the north side of the county road including the two center pivots. The ranch is approximately four miles from north to south and four miles east to west. The ranch is all contiguous.
The primary crops for the irrigated cropland are corn and hay. Wheat, millet, dryland corn and sunflowers are primarily grown on dryland in this area. Water is plentiful in this area both for irrigation and domestic use. Livestock water is provided by four solar wells, five windmills, live water and underground pipeline. Irrigated acres from two wiper pivots total 120±. Water is supplied to the pivots from pumping the South Platte River. Both pivots are electric, one an eight tower the other is six towers. There are approximately 280 acres sub-irrigated meadows.Ogallala Livestock Market is located in Ogallala and has a very good reputation for selling large numbers of cattle from the area.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Sprinkler irrigated cropland: 120± acres
Sub-irrigated meadow pasture: 280± acres
Dry pasture, building sites, roads & waste: 5,459± acres
State lease dry pasture (#44202:) 1,731± acres
Dry crop: 200± acres
Dry pasture state lease (#46838): 320± acres
West livestock facilities:
- 1,095 square foot house, poor condition, built in 1914
- 42’X42’ livestock barn
- 60’X40’ shop/garage w/overhead door
- 40’X44’ storage building
- 2 bunk houses
- Calving sheds
- Concrete feed bunks w/pipe/concrete
- aprons and rod fencing (1,400± feet )
- Hydraulic chute & working facilities
- The main bunk house and second bunk house are used during calving as well as the vet room
Owner’s home is a ranch style 2,327 sf home on the main floor with 3,427 sf on the lower walk out level The home includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three fireplaces, 1,100 sf indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna room and a two-car garage. This dwelling was built in 1974.
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