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Zeman Ranch

$34,000,000 Bassett, NE 10,343± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Zeman Ranch offers a secure investment in 10,343± deeded acres of prime Nebraska farm and ranchland. It is located in Rock County, Nebraska near Bassett. The ranch includes 5,640± center pivot irrigated acres supported by the world’s second largest aquifer, the Ogallala Aquifer, which is a highly valued natural resource underlying nearly all of Nebraska. The balance of over 4,700 acres includes outstanding improvements, lush grass and hay utilization and crop aftermath for 2,300 cows/calf pairs, and a 2,500 head open air feeding facility all of which make this an outstanding ranch opportunity.

Just the Facts

  • 10,343± deeded acres
  • 5,640± center pivot irrigated acres
  • 8 miles south of Bassett, NE
  • Excellent cropland yields
  • Current running 2,300 cow/calf pairs
  • Open air feeding facility handles 2,500 head
  • Grassland consists of upland and meadow sub-irrigated acres
  • 51 registered irrigation wells plus 4 stock/domestic wells
  • Extensive operational facilities in good condition
  • 3,600 linear feet of concrete bunks and 24 feeding pens
  • 3,200 sq. ft. 3 bed 3 bath owner’s log home
  • Employee housing, barns, shops and grain storage
  • Abundant big game and upland birds

General Description

The Zeman Ranch is easily accessed on a major highway US Highway 183. The land lays largely level to rolling and ranchland and cropland yields are excellent. The Ranch is a large cattle operation that includes 44 pivots all diesel powered. These irrigate approximately 5,640 acres which includes irrigated pasture, crop and feed. The ranch also includes a open air feeding facility, processing facilities, barns, corrals and way above average improvements including a highly improved ranch headquarters. The current operation includes 2,300 cow/calf pairs while the open air feeding facility utilizes 24 pens and 2,800 feet of bunk space capable of handling 2,500 head.

Corn yields average 180-200 bushel, beans 65-70 bushels. Alfalfa will typically produce 4-5 cuttings per season with yields exceeding 7 ton per acre. Cropland soils consist mainly of Valentine soils as well as the grasslands. The ranch includes above-average fence across the ranch. More than 50 miles of new 5 wire fence with steel corners and swinging gates have been installed since 2007. All of the pivots have water line and stock tanks that make them suitable for summer or winter grazing.

Located in the Upper Elkhorn and the Middle Niobrara NRD’s where no water pumping restrictions are in place, the ranch has 6,040± total certified irrigated acres with 5,640± acres currently under pivot irrigation. There are a total of 51 registered irrigation wells plus 4 stock/domestic wells. Wells at the pivots are mostly shallow and most produce over 1,000 gallons per minute. Livestock water is provided from over 50 miles of underground pipeline and every pasture has well water.

Bassett Livestock may be one of the best markets in Nebraska selling top quality calves and yearling and offers some of the best cows the sandhills produce.

Broker's Comments

This is an extraordinarily diverse property that lies in a reputation area for both crop production and livestock grazing. It is very rare to find an assemblage of this magnitude and diversity being offered for sale. Top management can take advantage of these synergies under the current operating scenario or customize it to be more suitable to the type of operation as desired by the new owner.

Learn about the locale


The ranch is located approximately 8 miles south of Bassett, NE on US Highway 183. Bassett is the county seat of Rock County and includes schools, commercial and social amenities, medical services and an airport for small aircraft (Rock County Airport – RBE).


Bassett is on the eastern edge of the Nebraska sandhills and on the northern edge of Nebraska in a major farming and ranching area. It is blessed with an abundant underground water resource as well as a climate favoring dryland crop and grass production.


Annual precipitation for the area is 24 inches and average snow fall is 39 inches. There are approximately 147 days frost-free. Elevation ranges from 2,300 to 2,550 feet.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Pivot Irrigated: 5,640± acres

Meadow / Pasture: 3,200± acres

Corners / Shelter area: 600± acres

Pasture: 736± acres

Improvements / Roadways: 167± acres

Total Deeded: 10,343± acres

2018 planted crops:

  • 7 pivots corn
  • 7 pivots beans
  • 7 pivots in alfalfa
  • 4 pivots to safety graze
  • Balance in grass

Deeded Acres: 10,343±
Total Acres: 10,343±


Improvements on the ranch are extensive and all in very good condition. They include a complete set of livestock working facilities, shops, grain storage, 2,500 head open air feeding facility, employee housing and a highly improved owners home.

At the headquarters, the owner’s home is a 3,200 sq. ft. log home that was built in 2009. The house is 1½ story with heated concrete stained floor, large fireplace, three bedrooms, three baths and a concrete storm shelter. Patios, asphalt drive between office and house, and a two car garage.

Out buildings include a 6,000 sq. ft. metal shop/horse barn and a bunk house/meeting room/bar area with bathrooms, refrigerator, dishwasher and range/cooler. An additional 3,360 sq. ft. pole building has a vet room, above average cattle working facilities w/hydraulic chute, alleyway, pens and corrals. A 3,000 sq. ft. metal shop building has overhead doors, heat, walk-in cooler/freezer and vet room. There is a remodeled house of 1,800 sq. ft. with air, vinyl siding, steel roof, decks and a four car detached garage. Also included is a small farrowing house and approximately 5,000 sq. ft. open front used for a finishing building.

The open air feeding facility includes 3,600 linear feet of concrete bunks and 24 feeding pens. This also includes very good cattle working facilities with a 2,800 sq. ft. pole building used as a vet room with way above-average cattle working facilities with hydraulic chute, alleyway, hydraulic gates and above-average livestock sorting pens and corrals. Plus a 2,400 sq. ft. insulated shop, 3,000 sq. ft. machine shed and approximately 180,000 bushel grain storage utilizing several grain bins, bulk bins and harvestor. This site also includes an 18,000 sq. ft. concrete wall bunker silage pit and a 10,900 sq. ft. bunker type structure with a canvas type top. There is a 30 ton scale at this site as well. A remodeled cabin/bunkhouse rounds out these improvements.I

Mineral Rights

All mineral rights owned by seller will transfer to the buyer.


Real estate taxes are estimated to be approximately $164,000.00 per year.

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Wildlife Resources

This area of the sandhills is one of the largest remaining tracts of mid and tall grass prairie in North America. Mule deer and whitetail deer populate the area along with ducks and geese which utilize many of the lakes scattered across the sandhills. Pheasants, grouse and turkeys are also found in the area.

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