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Mud Springs Ranch

$4,233,732 Bridgeport, NE 7,068± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Mud Springs Ranch is located in Morrill County, Nebraska, and consists of 8,308 ± total acres. The ranch has a complete year-round operational capacity or a summer range unit. Mud Springs Ranch currently has 1,046± acres enrolled in CRP that produces annual income. The ranch headquarters are located in the southwest portion of the ranch and includes a house along with numerous outbuildings. The ranch consists of draws, rock outcroppings, rolling hills, and hard grass country with dryland crop ground. A feature of the ranch is the springs located near the headquarters that produces water for livestock and wildlife. This is a solid ranch with good fences, recreation, grass, and headquarters.

Just the Facts

·     8,308± total acres

·     7,068± deeded acres

·     1,047± dryland farm ground acres

·     Full set of improvements

·     18 cattle water facilities, including submersible, solar, and windmill

·     Hard grass soils

·     Good four-wire fences

·     Two CRP contracts

           857± acres expire in 2030

           189± acres expire in 2023

·     Close proximity to town

·     Good county road access

·     Spring-fed creek

General Description

The topography on this contiguous ranch consists of gently sloping to steep hard grass rangeland, along with dryland farm ground currently enrolled in CRP. Two school section leases adjoining the ranch are included. A large portion of the land is accessible by County Road and also has access to power on different parts of the ranch. The ranch is cross-fenced into multiple range units with pastures being watered by a combination of solar and windmill pumps along with a few electric submersibles. A highlight of the ranch is the spring-fed creek near the headquarters. Fences are mostly four-wire-barbed fence in good condition.

Broker's Comments

Mud Springs Ranch is located in the high plains of the Nebraska Panhandle; this ranch offers a true Western feel and would make a great asset in anyone's land portfolio. The ranch has a nice balanced combination of native grass and dryland farm ground, which could support numerous different operational considerations. Improvements allow a good transition to a multitude of opportunities.

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Location

Mud Springs Ranch is located just a short seven miles northeast of Bridgeport, Nebraska. From Bridgeport, take Highway 26/385 north one mile across the North Platte River. At the junction, take Highway 26 east five and a half miles to County Road 109. Go north on County Road 109 for three and a half miles to County Road 96. Go east on County Road 96 two miles and the road turns north. Continue north for two and half miles to ranch headquarters.

Locale

Bridgeport, population 1,686, was founded in 1900 as a station by the Burlington Railroad.  The town is located on or near many historic trails of the West, including Oregon, California. Mormon, Pony Express, and Sidney-Black Hills Trails. Chimney Rock, Courthouse, and Jail Rocks, south of Bridgeport, were famous landmarks along the trails as people voyaged West.

Irrigation projects in the early 1900s promoted agricultural development. Bridgeport became the seat of the newly designated Morrill County in 1908. It remains a stable community whose economy is based on agriculture, including farms and ranches and railroads. Bridgeport has K-12 school and most amenities needed. Regional goods and services such as hospitals are found in Scottsbluff, approximately 40 miles northwest of Bridgeport.

Climate

Morrill County receives on average 17-18 inches of precipitation annually. Summertime temperatures are usually in the upper 80’s and winter temperatures reach 20-40’s for the most part. The area is a low humidity environment which provides for nice cool morning and evenings during the summer.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Total Acres: 8,308± Acres
Deeded Acres: 7,068± Acres
Dryland farm ground Acres: 1,047± Acres
Native rangeland Acres: 5,971± Acres
Roads and building Acres: 50 Acres
CRP enrolled Acres: 1,046 Acres
School Sections (BELF) Acres: 1,240± Acres
FSA Crop Base: 155± Acres wheat, 189± Acres corn

Deeded Acres: 7,068±
Other Leased Acres: 1,240±
Total Leased Acres: 1,240±
Total Acres: 8,308±

Improvements

Improvements on the ranch include a nice set of working corrals at the headquarters, along with a 2,400 square foot metal building, which is insulated with a concrete floor. The two-story ranch home in a scenic ranch setting, all located on the southwest portion of the ranch. The house is a one and a half story frame structure with a large wrap-around porch. The main level contains a laundry room with half bath, kitchen, living/dining room, and storage. The second level contains two bedrooms and one bathroom. 
House: 1,824 square feet
Shop: 2,400 square feet
Barn: 2,544 square feet
Bunkhouse: 192 square feet

Water Resources

The ranch watered with a combination of submersible and solar pumps, along with windmills. There are several windmills that have submersible pumps under them for emergency backup. There is a spring-fed creek originating near the headquarters for livestock and wildlife water needs also.

Mineral Rights

All seller-owned mineral rights will be included in the sale.

Taxes

Real estate taxes are approximately $44,504.48 annually.

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Wildlife Resources

The rock outcroppings and grassy draws provide excellent habitat for deer and upland birds. There have been many trophy deer taken on the property. The natural springs provide great wetlands for the wildlife.

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General Operations

Currently, the ranch has been used as a summer range unit, which could be for cow/calf pairs or yearlings. This is hard grass country and will put excellent gains on the cattle. The ranch could also be used as a year-round ranch operation as well. There is sufficient winter protection along with calving facilities. The ranch is well watered, and fences are maintained in good repair. There is an abundance of grain and feed produced in the Platte River Valley. Currently, the dryland farm ground is enrolled in CRP.

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