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aybe it’s because I’m a hunter, but there is no debating that winter is my favorite season. How can you resist the combination of the holiday season with that happy confluence of cold, crisp air, the smell of wood smoke, and the irresistible urge to be out in the vast and varied playfields of our great outdoors? Our contributing editor John Jefferson tells his own winter tale in his story called “First Elk at First Light” found on page 48. Being a Texan like me, you’ll notice that he had to head to Colorado to find snow! And meanwhile over in Florida, our friends at John Deere shared a story from their Furrow Magazine about an unlikely combination of a dairy farm and tourist attraction in “Making Milk and Fun” on page 73. Besides the change of the season, we have our own changes here at Farm & Ranch. We increased our circulation by 20 percent and added distribution on newsstands across the country and via subscriber copies of our new partner, Texas Monthly, to their subscribers in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. By the time you read this, our redesigned website,, will launch and, as we say here in Texas, “open for bidness” for our broker clients and their prospective buyers. Some things will remain the same. We will continue to showcase premier ranches and farms across the nation. We will continue to celebrate the “pull of the land” as our readers dream of finding that special property. Lauren Smith Ford perhaps said it best in our winter issue of Texas Farm & Ranch: “A few think of ranching as work; some find it to be more of an escape. But these folks all share in the same knowledge—whether it has stock tanks or an infinity pool, whether it features a trailer or a mansion, whether it is a family business or a diversion, a ranch is both a kingdom and a legacy.” We hope that you enjoy this issue and thanks for joining us. Here is hoping that Santa finds his way to your place, and that your holidays are merry and bright.

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contents Featured Articles 48 v FIRST ELK AT FIRST LIGHT

By John Jefferson

By Charles Johnson


Listed by Legacy Ad Group & Fay Ranches Inc.


Listed by Romick & Associates, Inc.




property index

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11.......... Routt.......................16 15.......... Routt.......................16








7,141........Millard.................43 10,237......Utah.....................36

31.......... Garfield..................60


33.......... Jefferson................18

17,497... Coconino...............22

35.......... Larimer...................27


35.......... Larimer...................27

223...........Big Horn..............40



35.......... Larimer...................20


741...........Converse ............70

35.......... Routt.......................16



14.......... Alameda.................33

35.......... Grand.....................62


1,033........Big Horn..............67

16.......... Alameda.................45

36.......... Larimer...................26

2,598........Big Horn..............40


18.......... Santa Barbara........58

38.......... Routt.......................13

2,720........Powder River.......67


19.......... Kern........................69

50.......... Boulder...................72

11,118......Powder River.......67


22.......... Santa Barbara........58

70.......... Summit...................57



23.......... Contra Costa.........45

145........ Grand.....................57 199........ Routt.......................64

33.......... Contra Costa.........45



24.......... Trinity......................61

210........ Routt.......................17



53.......... Contra Costa.........45

271........ Routt.......................16



80.......... San Luis Obispo....72

280........ Chaffee...................51

538...........San Miguel..........59


94.......... Trinity......................61

391........ Grand.....................57



106........ Trinity......................61

23.......... Maricopa................24 52.......... Yavapai...................24 297........ Yavapai...................23

WYOMING 400...........Johnson...............68


414........ Routt.......................13



120........ Alameda.................45

488........ Garfield..................12

1,040........San Miguel..........38


205........ Stanislaus...............33

490........ Routt.........................8



235........ Yolo.........................65

501........ Pitkin.......................19

1,600........Santa Fe..............38

312........ Solano....................65

503........ Weld.......................63


318........ Yolo.........................32

522........ Grand.....................57


83,604......Big Horn..............55

520........ Mendocino.............32

545........ Larimer...................25

15,900......Rio Arriba............36

642........ Glenn......................33

600........ Routt ......................34

16,309......Rio Arriba............55

Outside the Region

1,058..... Mendocino.............44

695........ Routt.......................17


2,576..... Colusa....................65

1,388..... Routt.......................55

3,243..... Tehama...................32

1,500..... Routt.......................13

4,915..... Shasta.....................61


1,928..... Grand.....................55




2,000..... Routt.......................12



3,793..... Jackson..................55



1............ Grand.....................62

4,900..... Gunnison................21



2............ Garfield..................60

5,025..... Las Animas.............39


973...........Palo Pinto............38

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15,000......Park......................55 16,978......Sheridan..............67


11.............Caldwell...............66 18.............Gillespie..............54

broker index A5 Real Estate..............................................42

Clark & Associates Land Brokers, LLC.........40

Legacy Ag Group, LLC................................28

AGPROfessionals.........................................63 Alain Pinel Realtors Amanda Thompson.....................................45

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Chum Tran....................................................72

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty Emily Henderson.........................................18

The Colorado Ranch Company..................57

Alain Pinel Realtors Jerry R. Vaughn............................................45

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty Josh Behr......................................................20

Crested Butte Sotheby’s International Realty....................21

Alain Pinel Realtors Mark Stornetta.............................................44

Fay Ranches Inc...........................................28

Alpine Real Estate.......................................60 Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty....................19 Bar M Real Estate, LLC................................71 Boulder Mountain Realty, Inc......................56 C3 Real Estate Solutions John Feeney.................................................25 C3 Real Estate Solutions John Simmons.............................................26 C3 Real Estate Solutions Jesse Laner...................................................26 California Agricultural Properties, Inc........65 California Outdoor Properties....................32 Chase Brothers Properties..........................68

First Colorado Land Office.........................51 Four Star Realty............................................61 Fredericksburg Realty..................................52 Harrigan Land Company LLC.....................55 Headquarters West, Ltd. Andy Groseta...............................................22 Headquarters West, Ltd. Paul Groseta.................................................24 Helen Larsen Realty.....................................58 James Land Company.................................64 Keller Williams Realty Tehachapi Chris Walters................................................69 Keller Williams Realty Tehachapi Scott Thatcher..............................................69

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty Josh McKinley..............................................20 Mossy Oak Properties Colorado Mountain Realty..........................51 Pacifica Commercial Realty.........................72 Powers Land Brokerage, LLC......................67 Premier Ranch Properties...........................36 Pueblo Del Sol Real Estate.........................59 Ranch Marketing Associates............. Cover, 8 Ranchline......................................................38 Real Estate of Winter Park..........................62 Rocky Mountain Real Estate.......................70 Romick & Associates, Inc............................34 Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty Pam Vanatta.................................................16 Texas Team Real Estate...............................66





ordered by the free flowing Elk River, Steamboat River Ranch is 490 acres of prime irrigated and grazing land just outside Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Luxury improvements are clustered in traditional ranch style with multiple buildings scattered along the cottonwood-lined river corridor. Access to the National Forest is across the county road and the ranch is five paved miles from town. With nearly two miles of live water, Routt National Forest access and close proximity to quaint shops, fine dining


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and world-class skiing, the Steamboat River Ranch strikes the perfect balance of productive ranchland, quality improvements and first-rate recreational amenities. With a population of about 12,000, Steamboat is a friendly resort community that features many attractions and events found in larger towns. The slopes of Steamboat Ski Area, with its recent acquisition by Aspen Skiing Company, are fewer than 10 miles from the ranch’s front door. Steamboat River Ranch is located inside the bend of the Elk River as it winds its

way from its northern headwaters in the Zirkel Wilderness to its western confluence with the Yampa River. Fewer than five miles from Steamboat Springs, the ranch is easily accessed in all seasons via county maintained roads. Bob Adams field, the FBO serving private aircraft owners and charter companies in Steamboat, is three miles south of the ranch and the Yampa Valley Regional Airport with private and commercial air service is 20 miles to the west. Unlimited hiking and riding are across the street on the million-plus acre Routt National Forest.

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The ranch headquarters is located just across the private entry bridge that spans the Elk River. Tall cottonwood trees give way to immaculately maintained grounds flanked by over 200 acres of lush irrigated meadows. Beyond the improvements, a two track road leads to a slightly elevated building site that overlooks the hay meadows and river corridor with direct views of the Continental Divide and Steamboat Ski area. Intelligently designed for ranch living, improvements on the ranch have top quality finishes and attention to detail in every building. Several

of the original buildings have been restored, reaching an appreciable level of western luxury while recognizing the integrity of the past. The modestly sized main ranch house is constructed with reclaimed materials from the original homestead. Venetian plaster walls form an elegant backdrop for the barn’s wood ceilings, river rock fireplace and top of the line appliances. The nearby two-bedroom, twobath cabin with massive beams and upscale western finishes sits at the edge of the tall grass meadows; the setting is completely serene. The comfortable and attractive ranch

hand quarters are located in the barn’s upper level and are convenient to the livestock handling facilities. Planning is evident in the careful restoration of the historic Mystic cabin, originally constructed nearly 100 years ago. Accessed from a small footbridge crossing a historic irrigation ditch that carries water with rights dating back to the 1800’s, the cabin combines modern comforts with conspicuous nostalgia. Equipment storage is always in demand in snow country; two large buildings provide ample storage for class A motorhomes, trucks, trailers, tractors, and


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every ranch tool and implement imaginable. The equine accommodations reflect the latest practices for safe horse handling. The outdoor riding arena, large enough for all rodeo-style events, is outfitted for roping with cattle chutes. Multiple corrals, a small round pen and hay storage are located in nearly 10,000-square-feet of covered barn space. Turnouts, pipe fence, lean-to shelters, tack room, vet room and a chic office/conference room round out the barn area amenities. All streamside, the buildings scattered about the Steamboat River Ranch headquarters are smart, simple, stylish and ideally located just across the bridge crossing the Elk River. Steamboat River Ranch is in the interface of the close-in rural subdivisions, outskirts of town and the vast national forest lands. Elk, deer, antelope and occasional bear and moose find sanctuary in the ranch’s protected open space and adjacent riparian corridor. Over 23 c.f.s. of ditch water, some of it adjudicated in the early 1900’s, provides irrigation water and two wells supply the domestic water. Professionally enhanced to improve the natural fishery, the nearly two mile stretch of the Elk River attracts rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout. This particular section of the river is just south of the confluence with Mad Creek which carries cold, high mountain runoff from the Continental Divide. Fishing is excellent on the ranch in the improved Elk River and several high mountain lakes and streams are in the surrounding public lands. Steamboat River Ranch is the closest large acreage live water property to Steamboat Springs available on the market. Very few properties of this size and quality exist in the area. No properties available offer a significant stretch of live water, well designed and functional high-end improvements, national forest access and close proximity to town. Steamboat River Ranch is well-priced in its category and represents an excellent value for a notable ranch. $12,950,000. v For










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DEEP CREEK RANCH SOUTH Colorado v Routt County v Steamboat Springs


ituated in the sought after Elk River area, this 2,000-acre ranch is 12 miles northwest of Steamboat. The ranch is ideally suited for a livestock operation—good cattle handling facilities, great fencing and numerous ponds and springs. Water rights convey. The ranch is accessed via year-round, county-maintained roads and has modest homes and outbuildings. $6,999,000.

SWEETWATER LAKE RANCH Colorado v Garfield County v Gypsum


ordered by the national forest and wilderness area, these 488 stunning acres feature a 77-acre natural lake tucked between limestone cliffs; the lake has brook, brown and rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. It lies near the end of a year-round, maintained county road, close to the I-70 corridor and a short drive to several ski resorts. $9,300,000. 970-734-7885 • •

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YAMPA RIVER RANCH Colorado v Routt County v Steamboat Springs


n the banks of the Yampa River, this 414-acre ranch has year-round paved access. The custom 5,600-square-foot Montana Log home has views from the water to the Steamboat ski area. Featured in Log Home Living and Steamboat Magazine, the house has a frontrow seat to a spectacular display of landscape and wildlife. $8,900,000.

STEAMBOAT GUEST RANCH Colorado v Routt Co. v Steamboat Springs ordered by the Routt National Forest on two sides, this 38-acre resort property has nearly Âź mile of private frontage on the crystal-clear Elk River. The property is located 20 paved miles from Steamboat Springs on easily traveled, year-round county roads and currently operated as a commercial resort that can accommodate up to 14 guests. $1,525,000.


SIDNEY PEAK RANCH Colorado v Routt County v Steamboat Springs


his 1,500-acre shared-amenity ranch has miles of groomed equestrian/hiking/biking trails, paved roads and a two-bedroom bunkhouse—all amenities shared by 32 owners. A professionally managed 32-stall barn and indoor arena offers on-site horse boarding. Parcel 30 has 50-deeded acres with views from the irrigated hay meadows to the Steamboat ski area. $585,000.

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LAZY K RANCH - 271 ACRES Colorado v Routt Co. v Steamboat Springs rare opportunity to own 271 acres minutes to Steamboat Springs. This private playground offers a stunning 10,000-square-foot luxury log home, miles of maintained trails, four ponds, lush meadows, and abundant wildlife. A three-bay detached garage/shop holds the toys while magnificent views to the ski area complete this remarkable property. $7,400,000.







LAST RESORT - 15 ACRES Colorado v Routt Co. v Steamboat Springs grand timber lodge set on 15 acres and an excellent display of craftsmanship. This home boasts unique views of the Steamboat Ski Area and Stagecoach State Park, a large great room, kitchen built for a chef, luxurious master retreat and exceptional outdoor space that includes a pond, water feature and firepit. The twobedroom guest apartment above a garage/ shop is perfect for company. $3,900,000.


LOST MEADOW ESTATE - 11.08 ACRES Colorado v Routt Co. v Steamboat Springs erfectly situated on 11 acres, the property is surrounded by a pristine land preserve with 201 acres of private open space and access to adjacent public lands. This impeccable home offers the ultimate in privacy, function, design and views. The estate boasts a western elegance throughout using the highest quality finishes, 19-foot ceilings in the great room, four bedrooms and a four-car garage/shop. $2,725,000.


SILVER DOLLAR RANCH - 35 ACRES Colorado v Routt Co. v Steamboat Springs estled on 35 private acres, this casually elegant ranchette is surrounded by some of Steamboat’s most gorgeous scenery. The three bedroom residence hosts beautiful finishes. A well-equipped, insulated barn includes two stalls with run, equipment storage, tack area, trainer’s space and caretaker apartment. Two fenced pastures, two ponds and covered loafing area round out the facilities. $1,475,000.


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lk River Ranch is truly one of Colorado’s finest properties boasting 695 pristine acres and 1.5 miles of the beautiful Elk River with worldclass fishing. Enjoy two residences on the ranch with a luxury 7,937-square-foot ranch home along the Elk River and a newer four-bedroom caretaker’s home. The ranch offers excellent equestrian facilities with indoor and outdoor arenas, six-stall barn, fenced pastures, multiple outbuildings, excellent hay production and plentiful water rights. Available in different configurations. $16,000,000.

SNOWY MOUNTAIN RANCH - 210 ACRES Colorado v Routt County v Steamboat Springs ust north of Steamboat Springs sits this one-of-a-kind luxury log home overlooking the recreational paradise of Steamboat Lake. This extraordinary 210-acre property features ponds, a creek, room to run, and epic views. Protected by conservation easement and bordered on the north by more than 20,000 acres of National Forest, this stunning property includes a 14,000-square-foot luxury log home, separate guest house and massive garage with three enclosed bays. $8,975,000.


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Colorado v Jefferson County v Evergreen


erenity Falls, located in the gated Timbers Estates of Evergreen, is a one-of-kind sporting property with designer finishes and calming appeal. A massive water feature consists of two waterfalls that surge down the hill to a patio side pool creating an environment to rival a high-end resort. Calming water sounds can be heard throughout the main house and all living areas open to the outdoors to magnify the beautiful natural surroundings. Nestled within 32 sprawling acres, crowned by snow-capped Mt. Evans views, this contemporary mountain estate is unparalleled in location, quality and design. The main house offers expansive square feet, but is intimate and comfortable for day to day living. The two-bedroom guest house sits over the six-stall barn and is thoughtfully designed with quality finishes. The recreation center includes a half-court basketball court with 30-foot ceilings, a party room, work-out area, wet bar and spa bath. The basketball court could be the ultimate car collector garage! $7,995,000.

Emily Henderson - 303-717-3418 Whitney Cain - 720-934-8185 Jennifer Davenport - 303-919-4891 Rosemary Nigh - 303-229-9340

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Colorado v Pitkin County v Snowmass Village

magine waking to experience true mountain serenity as the sun hits Wildcat Lake just out your window. Nestled in the heart of the 7,000acre Wildcat Ranch in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, yet only 20 minutes to Aspen and 10 minutes to skiing, this amazing homestead offers one of the most unique settings in the Roaring Fork Valley. The entire 501-acre parcel is a classic alpine forest and mountain wonderland with amazing vistas. Exceptionally designed by Poss Architects, the main residence has spacious living and dining room, gourmet kitchen, five bedrooms, theatre, exercise and family room, and caretakers’ quarters. The gracious master suite is luxurious with spectacular lake views. Expansive decks with Jacuzzi overlooking Wildcat Lake. Also a cozy Rocky Mountain guesthouse with four bedrooms and game room. Directly located on the lake, world-class trout fishing, over 30 miles of private horseback and hiking trails, complete on-site management—all this and more make this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your family. Private dock, horse pastures, private trails, beautiful views and more!

Penney Carruth 970-379-9133




Colorado v Larimer County v Loveland et in the Devil’s Backbone Conservation Area with hiking, biking and horseback riding, this exceptional log home features spectacular views of the mountains, rolling meadows and Long’s Peak from nearly every room. Step out onto the magnificent wrap-around deck to enjoy the view from the outdoors. Each room features stunning architectural detail, including the master suite with vaulted, timber ceilings and luxurious bathroom with cozy fireplace. The walk-out lower level accommodates many needs with a family room, kitchenette, office, and exercise room. The expansive, covered flagstone patio is perfect for outdoor entertaining with cozy sitting area and relaxing water feature. Just a short walk away is a beautiful barn with five horse stables, an additional kitchen and adjoining corral. The property additionally features two fenced pasture areas. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a peaceful estate nestled in the foothills on 35 acres! $2,750,000.

Josh Behr • 303-903-9535 Josh McKinley • 720-375-3661

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Colorado v Gunnison County

ituated in one of Colorado’s most stunning landscapes, the D-Bar Ranch is the ultimate legacy luxury estate. The D-Bar Ranch is part of Eagle Ridge Ranch, the largest conservation easement in Gunnison County. This means that the views, water, mineral and timber rights, and land are legally preserved forever. The ranch cannot be subdivided further. There are 5,800 acres under ranch management: the 4,900 acres of the ranch itself, 600 acres under federal permit and 300 acres under long-term state lease. Eagle Ridge Ranch includes two-and-a-half miles of private access on Ohio Creek, one of the best fly-fishing streams in Colorado, as well as multiple ponds and more than 2,600 acres of wilderness for hunting, off-roading, hiking, mountain biking and much more. Other ranch amenities include a private equestrian center and two comfortable wilderness cabins. The 15 homesteads are 35 acres with a five-acre building envelope with each homesite being at least a quarter of a mile apart from the next, so that there is complete privacy. The ranch is managed with three priorities—profitable agriculture, conservation and enhancement of wildlife, and homeowners’ recreation. As a result, homeowners can enjoy some of the most beautiful country in all of the west. The D-Bar Ranch offers an exquisite 7,100-square-foot residence including a fully furnished four-bedroom, four full and one-half bath main house, a fully furnished three-bedroom, three full and one-half bath guest home, three-car heated attached garage, and a threestall heated barn. Designed by distinguished architect Daniel J Murphy, and built by Holbrook and Smith General Contractors, the D-Bar Ranch is a family home built of stone and reclaimed timber that blends mountain ranch style with modern simplicity. For those looking for the rarest and very best, the D-Bar Ranch will be a timeless and prized possession for years to come. Offered at $5,750,000.

Kiley Flint 970-275-2554



Arizona v Coconino County v Flagstaff


hambers Ranch is located in northern Arizona, 20 miles northeast of Flagstaff. It is bordered by Wupatki National Monument, Coconino National Forest and the Navajo Reservation. The ranch’s 17,496.79 deeded acres are accompanied with Arizona State Land Department and BLM grazing leases to run approximately 500 head year-round on 65 total sections. Elevations of the ranch are 4,200 to 5,500 feet. The ranch has four wells with pipelines, storage and drinkers along with surface water from dirt tanks, springs and the Little Colorado River. The ranch offers scenic and majestic views of the San Francisco Peaks to the west and the Painted Desert to the east. The ranch has paved road access from the Sunset Crater Volcanic National Monument and Wupatki National Monument road. Both of these National Monuments are popular tourist attractions on the way to the Grand Canyon. $20,000,000. 22 Volume 69 Farm&Ranch West

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WALKING L RANCH Arizona v Yavapai County v Wickenburg


he Walking L Ranch remains one of the last operating cattle ranches headquartered right in Wickenburg, an area well-known throughout the world as a team roping and horse enthusiast destination. In total the ranch has 296.66 deeded acres and 52 sections of Arizona state lease and BLM. The ranch historically runs approximately 300 head of cattle year-round. The 110-acre headquarters is two miles north of downtown Wickenburg with 30 acres irrigated by sprinklers along the Hassayampa River. There are seven homes throughout the ranch, a large equipment shop and a landscape material/gravel pit. This is an extremely well-watered desert ranch with 24 operating wells. There are working pens with triggers at every water. Current ownership has done a magnificent job in maintaining and improving the ranch. It is offered turnkey with cattle and equipment; you will not find too many ranches around like the Walking L. See a video on our website. Now offered at $4,500,000.

Andy Groseta 928-634-8110



Arizona v Yavapai County v Cherry herry Springs Ranch is 90 miles north of Phoenix at 4,800-feet elevation. It has an abundance of riparian growth along Cherry Creek and a large year-round spring with water rights. Easily accessible on a good county road, it remains private behind a locked gate. CSR is improved with a 2,403-square-foot cabin with porches and a guest home; there is also a historic homestead cabin, cellar and orchard. It is bordered by Prescott National Forest and has access to public utilities. The scenic setting of CSR makes it a tranquil location for either a recreational retreat or for full time enjoyment. $1,250,000.



22.78 ACRES Arizona v Maricopa County v Fountain Hills os S is a 22.78-acre private inholding surrounded by Tonto National Forest. It is located behind a locked gate approximately 35 miles from WestWorld in Scottsdale and 40 miles from Payson. Set in a classic Sonoran Desert setting with riparian along a creek and spring-fed pond, it would make for an excellent site for an off-grid, private, secluded estate but still close enough to the northeast Phoenix metro area. $950,000.


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Colorado v Larimer County v Loveland


rnest Bishop came from Missouri in 1907 and found his place in the Redstone Canyon of Colorado. He was a man of many skills and talents from being a trick rider in the rodeo to a contractor and builder of homes along Mountain Avenue in Ft. Collins. Through homesteading, collecting land by paying off the unpaid taxes, as well as buying acreage, Ernest slowly built his cattle ranch to 2,000 acres and was a cattleman until his 80th year. The ranch is still leased for cattle to this day. The Bishop Ranch has a long history of being undeveloped and in its natural state since Ernest first raised cattle more than 100 years ago. His daughters and grandchildren have maintained their commitment of stewardship on the Bishop Ranch. Part of the 545 acres is in a conservation easement with Colorado Open Lands. With its glorious vistas, craggy outcroppings and wildflower meadows, where wildlife from cougars, bear and deer roam, the Bishop Ranch offers the wilderness in all its natural beauty. $1,750,000.

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Colorado v Larimer County v Bellvue


agnificent estate and spectacular design in a gated community. This ranch home features a walk-out basement, five bedrooms, four-plus baths, main floor office, fitness or craft room, formal dining, gourmet kitchen, great room, rec room, master with five-piece bath, guest or in-law retreat and thousands in upgrades. 6,000 finished square-feet with a 1,077-square-foot attached garage and a detached 2,177-square-foot garage with office. 11.75 acre building envelope 24.77 additional deeded acres. $1,850,000. Property video:

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Colorado v Larimer County v Loveland


ake a look at this beautiful custom home on 35 acres in the Saddle Notch area! Enjoy breathtaking views from the floor to ceiling windows in the expansive great room! Features include 12 zone in-floor radiant heat, a full master bedroom suite, guest room with private entrance, and home office in the loft area. Plenty of room for your vehicles and toys in the attached four-car garage. Large unfinished walkout basement. $775,000.


Colorado v Larimer County v Loveland ountain property with lots of potential. This home has three bedrooms, two baths, is on 35 acres and just 40 minutes outside of downtown Loveland but feels like it’s a world away! Road is maintained all the way to the driveway. Wooded setting allows for wildlife sightings and refuge. Meadow in front would be great for horses. Enjoy a cup of coffee and the sunrise from the wrap-around deck. Walk out basement allows for a great indoor/outdoor entertainment space. $500,000.


John Simmons 970-481-1250

Jesse Laner 970-672-7212


Burnt Leather Ranch

s West Boulder River MCLEOD, MONTANA


cLeod, Montana’s Burnt Leather Ranch has historically been comprised of several parts that worked together to form a wellbalanced and recreationally diverse Montana ranch. We are privileged to offer for sale what is referred to by the ranch owner as the Old Steen Place. The Steen Place portion of the ranch includes the headquarters of the Burnt Leather Ranch as well as its most valuable recreational resources. This is the portion for which the Burnt Leather is famous, primarily because of the more than two miles of both sides of the West Boulder River which flows through the Montana ranch providing one of the most scenic and prolific stretches of water on which to catch trout in the lower 48 states. Burnt Leather Ranch is arguably the most coveted ranch in the most desirable neighborhood for recreational ranches in Montana. The property provides a window to the very best of the Northern Rockies and a privileged place in nature alongside one of America’s great wildernesses. 28 Volume 69 Farm&Ranch West

Park County, Montana

PROPERTY FACTS • Headquarters, Burnt Leather Ranch • Over 2 miles on both sides of world-renowned West Boulder River • Arguably the most scenic flyfishing experience in Montana • Outstanding wildlife including deer, elk, moose, black bear and the occasional grizzly, mountain lion, wolf, antelope, turkey, Hungarian partridge, sharptail grouse and waterfowl • 15± minutes to main Boulder River, 30± minutes to Yellowstone River • Located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Eco-System • Just 35± minutes from Livingston, Montana • Entire Ranch under Conservation Easement • $7,600,000

Joseph W. Rapp 806-236-1453


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Golden S Ranch

California ~ Yolo County ~ Capay The beautiful property offers 101 acres of 1-3 year old Pistachio trees plus 200 acres of plantable orchard ground, the majority in Class II soil. Previous crops included broccoli, corn, sweet corn, sunflower, wheat, onions, bell peppers and grass. The ranch features three newer metal barns and three wells: 2000 GPM, 1100 GPM, and 450 GPM. The property is zoned Agricultural Preserved and is in the Williamson Act. $7,000,000 Contact Todd Renfrew (707) 455-4444

diamond Back Ranch

California ~ Tehama County ~ Paskenta This 3,243± acre turnkey property is a hunter’s paradise with 1st class improvements. Upgraded 3,600 sf home with five bedrooms and four and 1/2 bathrooms, a new caretakers house, and excellent fencing and alleys for cattle. There are four year-round creeks, ponds, and reservoirs loaded with fish, a 4-stall horse barn, shop, and an arena. Zoned EAAP and currently enrolled in the Williamson Act. $5,500,000 Contact Todd Renfrew (707) 455-4444

caSaRi Ranch

California ~ Mendocino County ~ Point Arena

The iconic Casari Ranch is nestled on over 520 acres of parklike pastured bluffs and canyons overlooking the Pacific with unyielding ocean views stretching to the horizon. Structures include: Main House, Guest/ Caretaker’s Residence, Farm Stand & Retail Shop w/Art Studio Loft, Red Agricultural Barn, Workshop & Wool Mill and Pump House. The ranch is fenced and crossed fenced with sheep fence creating numerous paddocks for rotational grazing with water available throughout. Beauty and functionality is compounded by infrastructural improvements of the highest order that make this ranch an exceptional and valuable acquisition opportunity for the discerning investor. $4,290,000 Contact Jim Martin (707) 272-5507

Todd Renfrew, Broker / Owner (707) 455-4444

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B&l lonG Shot Ranch

California ~ Glenn County ~ Elk Creek This first class 642Âą acre turnkey ranch set up for privacy. An easy weekend trip from the Bay Area with numerous recreational opportunities; hunting, fishing in fully stocked ponds, horse or ATV riding, and a new 1000-yard shooting range and pistol range. The incredible log cabin home is 2,680 square feet and fully furnished with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Indoor lap pool and pool house, equipment buildings and a separate caretakers house. Equipment included. $2,400,000 Contact Todd Renfrew (707) 455-4444

White diamond Ranch

California ~ Stanislaus County ~ Knights Ferry

Premier equestrian center that has produced world champion horses for over 20 years. The property consists of 205Âą acres with incredible views, ample pasture and a 3,800 square foot ranch home with in-ground pool. The center offers a 33,000+ sf main barn w/ indoor arena, 21 over-sized stalls, and covered hay storage; a mare barn and breeding facility w/21 extra-large foaling stalls; a 2,800+ sf shop w/ four 15'x15' roll-up doors; and two manufactured homes/offices. $3,800,000 Contact Sandy Ballou (916) 261-8192

landmaRk keRnville Ranch California~ Alameda County ~ Adin

One of the most unique agricultural properties in the Kern River Valley, the Landmark Kernville Ranch is located just minutes from the recreation capital of Kernville. The combination of an abundant water supply, gentle terrain and year-round green pasture, and a comfortable log cabin residence with numerous outbuildings and barns, provides this farm/ranch with the potential for fully sustainable living. At just over 14 acres, including nearly 11 acres of flood-irrigated pasture, the ranch has three sources of water: public utility water or deeded natural spring water for domestic supply, and up to 40 cubic feet per second of diversionary water rights from the Gilbert Ditch - taken directly from the Kern River. $1,495,000 Contact Chris Bailey (831) 277-8344

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Protected for Perpetuity: Habitat and Heritage Colorado v Routt County v Hayden


eing a sanctuary to an abundance of wildlife where bald eagles oversee the territory, partnerships have preserved the dynamic landscape, agricultural heritage and diverse wildlife habitat resulting in a low-density oasis amid 8,500 prime acres conserved in one contiguous block along miles of the Yampa River. This includes portions of the 600-acre Yampa River Headquarters Ranch. The 600 acres includes 140 acres of un-eased property entitling a land owner to build additional homes on several distinct sites and 460 acres of conserved irrigated meadows including Elk Island. Yampa River Headquarters Ranch hosts more than three channel miles of the Yampa River along this protected corridor and sits in a pristine valley surrounded by working farms and ranches. The Yampa contributes the important irrigation waters and offers many recreational opportunities. Water rights include over 14 cfs from the Gibralter Ditch dating back as far as 1888 assisting in the production of 500 plus tons of irrigated and dryland hay.

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The ranch has served as a purebred cattle and horse operation having extensive improvements including a 100x200-feet hay/ equipment barn with a bathroom and wash room, working corrals, 10-stall calf barn, covered processing area with hydraulic squeeze chutes, vet room and a certified livestock scale. There is also a mechanical shop and several loafing sheds. The newly remodeled three-bedroom/two-bath home with a detached three-car heated garage is the perfect ranch manager’s house.

A new owner could be a sportsman that enjoys hunting and fishing in addition to being a true ag operator in Routt County. Whether the livestock or hay operation is leased out or owner run, the ranch also provides plenty of prime habitat for the “feathers, fins and four-leggeds” from the diverse riparian environment to the pristine meadows. Steamboat Springs, offering world-class skiing and year-round recreation, is an easy 18-mile drive east on Hwy 40. This famous resort town offers all the amenities and cultural events needed for the mountain lifestyle. An owner who wants close proximity to a major airport can fly to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport and be within minutes of their ranch. This airport located two miles southeast of Hayden offers the only scheduled passenger flights to northwest Colorado.

Yampa River Headquarters Ranch is set up as a quality livestock operation or gentleman’s ranch in addition to contributing to the preservation of vital habitat. Video and maps at Offered at $5,700,000. v

Brent Romick • 970-846-3618 Joan Ryan Romick • 970-846-5416 •



spectacular property with two-anda-half miles of Spanish Fork River frontage and an eastern boundary adjoined by Thistle Creek. The property contains one lake, three active streams, more than 100 springs, and a variety of vegetation and wildlife. Eagle Ridge Ranch consists of 10,237 contiguous deeded acres in diverse topography. Two planning assessments Utah v Utah County v Spanish Fork have been prepared for the property which cover several aspects of development including a private golf and ski club, a high-end housing development, and the substantial tax benefits of a conservation easement. The water rights transferring with Eagle Ridge Ranch are sufficient for 350 homes. A diverse wildlife population makes itself at home at Eagle Ridge Ranch, which is encompassed mostly by national forest and state wildlife management areas providing a cushion around the ranch and protecting its wildlife. An advantageous location that provides easy and immediate access to the Wasatch Valley with considerable development potential while still remaining a remote hunting and wildlife sanctuary. The future prospects for Eagle Ridge Ranch are unlimited. $35,000,000.


SAWMILL CREEK RANCH New Mexico v Grant County v Mule Creek olling hillsides carpeted in grama grass, and canyons lined in black walnut and oak, with seasonal creeks, make up the 1,514 deeded acres of Sawmill Creek Ranch. Panoramic views of the Gila and Apache National Forests, widespread recreational activity and a myriad of hunting opportunities welcome the new buyer. In addition, the ranch can support 40 to 45 cows. Sawmill Creek’s remarkable location is within one hour of Silver City, NM and Safford, AZ, bringing together a genuine southwestern treasure. $5,000,000.



win Peaks Ranch is an ideal winter range cattle ranch with the perk of world class mule deer hunting. Twin Peaks consists of 15,900-acres, 960 deeded acres and 14,940 leased acres. The ranch runs 275 pair for seven months, November through June. Rio Arriba County is one of the top producing counties for B & C bucks in the west, and Twin Peaks is situated in some of the best country within that county. Sandstone rims blanketed in pinon, juniper forests that are broken up by sage flats and gramma grass draws, and amazing vistas of the Colorado Mountains add to the distinction of Twin Peaks Ranch. $2,000,000.

TWIN PEAKS RANCH New Mexico v Rio Arriba County v Blanco

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BLUE HILLS ELK RANCH New Mexico v Catron County v Pie Town

GALLO MOUNTAIN RANCH New Mexico v Catron County v Reserve


ver 6,000 acres of magnificent country include 5,430 deeded acres and 640 state leased acres. Scenic views are in all directions and terrain ranges from grassy meadows to rocky bluffs and rolling pinon juniper covered mountains. Blue Hills Elk Ranch receives five rifle elk tags in an excellent hunting area and has the capacity to run a minimum of 70 to 80 cows year-round. This is a fantastic ranch with a multitude of surrounding beauty and recreational opportunity. $4,300,000. Price is negotiable, seller will finance.


estled beneath the summits of Fox Mountain and Gallo Peak in the Apache National Forest, lies the Gallo Mountain Ranch. Consisting of 640 deeded acres, along with 38,633 forest leased acres, Gallo Mountain Ranch is encompassed by a unique recreational dreamland that embraces trophy big-game hunting, fishing, and endless recreational activities. Gallo Mountain Ranch is situated at a cool summer 7,500 feet within an expanse of forested timber, open meadows and a myriad of springs and creeks. Gallo Mountain Ranch, and the forest surrounding it, offer some of the nation’s finest trophy elk, mule deer, black bear and turkey hunting. Gallo Mountain Ranch is a seasonal yearling ranch and runs up to 700-plus head from mid-May through mid-October. Gallo Mountain Ranch is a breathtaking and productive. $2,750,000.

TROTTER RANCH New Mexico v Catron County v Quemado


istant views of the Sawtooth Mountains to the east and Mariano Mesa to the west, along with a blend of rolling hills and mesas, flowing into meadows of grama grass and wildflowers, capture the essence New Mexico v Catron County v Apache Creek of the 3,200-acre Trotter Ranch, consisting of 2,640 deeded acres and 560 BLM leased acres. Quality elk and mule deer hunting, and a close urrounded by majestic ponderosa pines, bordering national proximity to the White Mountains of Arizona, where numerous lakes, forest lands, and located in the heart of Unit 15, Bar E C Ranch streams and ski resort provide year-round recreational activity, combine is the ultimate hunter’s dream. The 125 acres of Bar E C are located to enhance the numerous attributes of the Trotter Ranch. $2,100,000. immediately off Hwy 32 between Apache Creek and Quemado. Natural springs that feed a tranquil pond, encompassed by grassy meadows, are visited almost daily by sizable herds of elk. Unit 15 is designated as a primitive weapons area, allowing only archery and muzzleloader hunts. Currently the ranch receives one archery bull permit per year. Prospective buyers are encouraged to check with the NMDGF on the availability of additional permits. Easy access, a multitude of recreational activities at your fingertips, and hunting opportunities in a top trophy unit, bring together this distinct hunting property. $1,187,500.





New Mexico v Catron County v Pie Town

private hunting retreat with elk grazing in its meadows, a good well already in place, electricity close by, and several pristine building sites makes the 596 acres of Elk Camp Ranch a dream hunting or recreational property. $750,000.

Jay Platt • 575-740-3243 Susan Cannon • 505-469-4303 Office • 844-363-0520 Honestly Representing Western Ranchers with the Values of Yesterday and the Technology of Today.


GOLD SPRINGS RANCH New Mexico v Santa Fe County v Santa Fe rice slashed: 1,600 acre tract now offered at $1,500 per acre, financing available. This ranch consist of 5,000± acres minutes from the historic Santa Fe Plaza and Madrid with 40+ shops and galleries, restaurants, spa, and museum. A couple of miles north, Cerrillos includes a state park with hiking paths and horseback riding. Buy all or part of this magnificent ranch along the historic Turquoise Trail. $10,000,000.


GORDON LAKE RANCH Texas v Palo Pinto County v Gordon rice has been reduced for immediate sale. As the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex expands, fewer large tracts are available. Approximately 40 minutes west of Fort Worth, adjacent to I-20, the 973-acre property is of historical significance. The Thurber Ranch Headquarters of 210 acres can be sold separately or with additional acreage. Financing is available on tracts as small as 35 acres, while they last. Take advantage of the flexible terms and make an appointment to preview today! $3,850,000.


HOT SPRINGS RANCH New Mexico v San Miguel Co. v Las Vegas ust reduced. Minutes from Las Vegas, New Mexico with paved road access via State Highway 65, this heavily forested ranch overlooks the United World College. The Hot Springs are within walking distance of the ranch as well as the Montezuma Castle. With a network of newly created roadways throughout the ranch, it is easy to traverse. The 1,040± acres have all the conveniences, even city water service, and vistas that allow you to see for miles. Was $2,600,000, now $1,950,000.


CHOSAS RANCH New Mexico v Lincoln County v Ruidoso pdate: Tract B is sold and others will not last! In the Hondo Valley, Chosas Ranch offers access to the best New Mexico offers, including horse racing, skiing, golfing, some of the best hunting in the Southwest and more. This 375-acre ranch has hill country, terrace, river bottom and live water. There is a steel building with two-story apartment (six rooms and two baths); barn and storage building; and domestic wells. Offered in a single tract or multiparcel combinations. Will finance! $1,900,000.


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SAN FRANCISCO CREEK RANCH Colorado v Las Animas County v Trinidad uge price reduction in Colorado! Seller has reduced price by $2,500,000 to facilitate sale in 2017. Will divide and finance. Minutes from Trinidad, this ranch offers 5,025 beautiful acres. The San Francisco Creek flows through the property and provides water to the agricultural enterprises below. The majestic mountains and rock face outcroppings tower over the wide-open vistas to the north. San Miguel Creek also flows through the property, providing an ample supply of spring-fed water to the wildlife. A system of access roads and trails allow access to the meadows and ponds hidden away in the dense vegetation rarely visited in years. Don’t be surprised if you see a bear getting a quick drink or elk meandering through the tall pines. Wildlife is abundant as some of the most sought-after mule deer and elk can be found on the ranch. Property can be divided and financing is available. Now is the time to invest in this legacy property! Was $9,450,000, now $6,950,00.


Paul Taylor III 866-323-3111




Wyoming v Goshen County v LaGrange

Wyoming v Platte County v Wheatland



his property is 2,019± contiguous deeded acres with 120 floodX Ranch is 9,040± total acres with 5,000 deeded, 3,400 BLM irrigated acres and three-quarter miles of live water. Nice set of and 640 state leased. There are four miles of live water with improvements and reduced to appraised value of $2,700,000. Cory Clark, reservoirs and springs. Excellent wildlife habitat. $5,750,00. Jon Keil, 307-334-2025 or Michael McNamee, 307-534-5156. Property ID: 53477 307-331-2833. Property ID: 53655


RIMFIRE RANCH Wyoming v Sublette County v Daniel


total of 11,000± acres with 3,599 deeded and the balance in state and BLM lease. The property offers five miles of live water with ex23± deeded acres with irrigation water rights and half a mile of Big Horn River frontage. Excellent wildlife habitat and great trout cellent improvements and abundant wildlife including moose, elk, mule fishing. $2,230,000. Colter DeVries, 406-425-1027 or Denver Gilbert, deer, whitetail deer, antelope, eagles, wild turkeys, sage grouse, swans and osprey. $6,500,000. Scott Leach, 307-331-9095. Property ID: 54567 406-697-3961. Property ID: 53734


MULESHOE LAND & CATTLE Wyoming v Goshen County v Torrington



Montana v Big Horn County v St. Xavier


roperty is comprised of 6,223.53± deeded acres with five lowroductive 2,598± deeded acres 15 miles south of Hardin, pressure center pivots irrigating 693± acres and 5,530± acres Mont. Irrigated row-crop, dryland crop and pasture. Nice set of of pasture. Nice set of improvements. $6,350,000. Cory Clark, improvements with shop, feedlot and more. $3,300,000. Colter DeVries, 307-334-2025 or Logan Schliinz, 970-222-0584. Property ID: 51661 406-425-1027 or Denver Gilbert, 406-697-3961. Property ID: 53732

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FA TONGUE RIVER RANCH Montana v Rosebud County v Miles City

CRACKER BOX CREEK RANCH Montana v Dawson County v Glendive


racker Box Creek Ranch has 1,013± deeded acres on the banks of the Yellowstone River and Cracker Box Creek with 538± in irrigated otal acres are 17,262± with 14,732± deeded acres, 700± state lease acres and 1,830± BLM lease acres. 500 acres of irrigated hay acres. The property includes two homes, two shops and two sets of ground under seven pivots with nine miles of Tongue River frontage, newer pipe corrals as well as a 400-head feedlot. $3,377,000. Denver Gilnumerous live water creeks, reservoirs and artesian wells. Three sets bert 406-697-3961, Mark McNamee 307-760-9510. Property ID: 54487 of improvements. Tremendous fishing, pheasant hunting, and trophy elk and deer hunting. $14,000,000. Denver Gilbert 406-697-3961, Mark McNamee 307-760-9510, Cory Clark 307 334-2025. Property ID: 54565


FENNO OW RANCH Wyoming v Niobrara County v Lusk


his property totals 5,387± acres with 4,107 deeded, 1,280± state leased with 70 pivot-irrigated acres and three miles live water. Excellent habitat for resident elk herd, deer, antelope, and wild Wyoming v Niobrara County v Lusk turkeys. Nice improvements. $4,150,000. Cory Clark at 307- 334-2025. ,360 contiguous acres with 648 irrigated acres under four Property ID: 54620 Zimmatic low-pressure pivots and 712 acres of native grass pastures. Improvements include two homes, two shops, barn, three 60x160 hay barns, corrals, and feedlot facilities with livestock scale. $3,500,000. Cory Clark at 307-334-2025. Property ID: 53939



WEST RANCH Wyoming v Crook County v Oshoto

DAWSON IRRIGATED FARM Montana v Dawson County v Glendive


roperty offers 403± acres with 290± pivot-irrigated acres and 60± acres irrigated by gated pipe. Nice set of improvements. $1,335,000. Denver Gilbert 406-697-3961, Mark McNamee 307-760-9510. Property ID: 54486


est Ranch includes 2,560± deeded acres of grazing and hay ground on west edge of Black Hills. The property has ample water and excellent wildlife habitat. $2,900,000. Mark McNamee 307-760-9510. Property ID: 53903

Cory Clark, Broker Mark McNamee, Associate Broker Denver Gilbert, Associate Broker 307-334-2025



aradise Canyon Ranch is a premium hunting ranch for both trophy elk and mule deer, which directly borders the famed 4,413 ACRES 210,000-acre Deseret Land and Livestock Utah v Morgan County v Morgan Ranch, and is part of its CWMU (Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit). This extremely unique affiliation with the Deseret CWMU guarantees the Paradise Canyon Ranch owner six bull elk tags and six buck mule deer tags annually under the current arrangement. Bull elk scoring over 330 B&C, and buck deer scoring over 180 B&C are consistently harvested. Ample water is available to both wildlife and livestock from its 2.7 miles of border along the Lost Creek Reservoir State Park, as well as its numerous creeks and ponds scattered across the ranch. $6,700,000. *Just sold but please contact broker for other nearby hunting ranches in this deeply coveted hunting area.




Idaho v Caribou County v Star Valley


row Creek Ranch is an incredibly rare private land inholding within the Caribou National Forest, and is the uppermost private ranch located on Crow Creek. This mountain ranch is in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the entire western United States, and is only 15 miles up drainage from the famed Star Valley and Afton, Wyoming. Excellent trout fishing in Crow Creek and Beaver Dam Creek, both of which run directly through the ranch. Flowing and captured water is found everywhere, with three developed ponds, several beaver ponds, and numerous creeks and springs feeding the ranch’s sub-irrigated meadows. As for big game hunting, a buyer will be hard pressed in this price range to find better big-game hunting for deer, elk and moose, all of which inhabit the ranch and surrounding National Forest in abundance, particularly during the fall hunting seasons. A new beautifully designed custom four-bedroom owner’s home was completed in 2017, and sits atop a knoll overlooking the ranch’s private ponds, with postcard quality views in every direction. Broker/Owner. $1,750,000.


ailin’ C Ranch sits on the Weber River just 15 miles outside of Park City, Utah, and is one of the largest and most strategically located properties within this rapidly developing area. Complete with a quality 4,600-square-foot home, agricultural support buildings, and fully irrigated pastures encircled by steel pipe fencing, this ranch comfortably supports a small herd of purebred Belted Galloway cattle. A spring-fed diversion off of the Weber River known as the “Little River,” winds privately through the ranch’s lush lower pastures for nearly half a mile, and is loaded with large German Brown Trout. $2,900,000.


Utah v Summit County v Hoytsville

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Wyoming v Lincoln County v Cokeville


wo Forks Ranch has it all with an onsite trout stream, trophy big game hunting for both elk and deer, and three sides bordering the largest public land and forest system in Wyoming. This ranch is situated right in the heart of Wyoming’s best mule deer hunting unit, Region G, which produces some of the west’s biggest trophy mule deer bucks each year. A private section of the Smiths Fork River—an amazing trout fishery known for its exceptionally large German Browns and native Bonneville Cutthroats—runs directly through the ranch. $2,500,000.


Utah v Summit County v Kamas


his 29-acre piece of heaven is lot 22 of the highly prestigious Monviso ranch subdivision, an alpine development located at the 9,000-foot elevation mark within 277 ACRES Utah’s majestic high Uinta Mountains. Utah v Sanpete County v Manti Monviso borders the Wasatch National alisade Elk Ridge Ranch is a combination farm, ranch or prime development property, Forest, and is only five miles from the which borders the Palisade State Park Golf Course, and has excellent water rights to High Uintas Wilderness Area, the state’s irrigate more than 50 acres from a pressurized system. Incredible views, paved road access, largest wilderness area. Lot 22 is absolutely available water and utilities, and the ranch’s bordering recreational amenities and attractions, stunning, a gentle mountain landscape all make this property an exciting and viable development prospect. For the single user blanketed with aspen, pine, alpine meadows, and its own private pond. The estate buyer, this property is an absolute gem. $1,550,000. Monviso gated community has more than 2,000 private acres, only 31 lots, and over 1,000 acres of protected common area open space with dozens of natural ponds, lakes and roughly one mile of private frontage along the upper Bear River, a pristine trout fishery. Lot 22 has power, phone, and a private culinary well in place. $495,000.




Utah v Millard County v McCormick


cCormick Ranch is an extremely well-priced cattle ranch located just north of McCormick, Utah in Millard County. The ranch’s 2,473 acres of deeded land is well-blocked, and adjoins its 4,668-acre state grazing permit. The ranch has a well-designed livestock watering system with five watering troughs fed by three wells, and is fenced into six pastures. $1,300,000.

A5 REAL ESTATE David Anderson, Broker/Owner





California v Mendocino County v Point Arena


ossibilities abound on this scenic, 1,058± acre Northern California ranch property with 150± acres of usable agricultural land and timber. The recreational paradise is ideal for hiking, hunting and fishing with river frontage, ocean views and myriad flora and fauna. Included are a three-bedroom, two-bath home, barns, outbuildings and excellent roads. The property has Certificates of Compliance for six parcels. Easily accessible via California coast’s Hwy 1, about a three and one-half-hour drive from San Francisco. Offered at $5,250,000.

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7191 JOHNSTON ROAD California v Contra Costa County v Pleasanton


ucked behind private gates… Custom 23+ acre equestrian facility, offering the perfect opportunity for personal or professional equestrian. Facility has 50+ stalls, two covered arenas, and outdoor arenas. Income producing potential. Main home is 6,500-squarefeet, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, family room, five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half baths, an office, exercise room, nine-car garage plus more. Located just five minutes from Blackhawk and close to 580/680 freeway, easy commute to San Francisco and San Jose. Property is subject to the Williamson Act. Check out




California v Alameda County v Livermore

California v Alameda County v Livermore

ated entry to this one-of-a-kind 16±-acres of all useable land, build your dream home and more. Great views of the surrounding hillsides and valleys. There are three wells on the property, one which is a 400-foot Artesian well. Property is completely fenced. This property has many uses; bring your horses, cattle, goats and more. Property is in the Williamson Act for lower property taxes and has 25 different uses. Located minutes from down town Livermore. Call for private showing.


iamond Hills Ranch. Income producing equestrian facility on 120 acres in North Livermore with an 80+ horse facility offers an enclosed indoor arena, three outdoor arenas and two round pens. Numerous hay, shaving and storage barns. Updated custom home is 5,556± square-feet with four bedrooms, plus spacious master, family room, formal dining room, bonus room, state-of-the-art kitchen, with oversized garage. Newly resurfaced pool. Call for details.

30 QUAIL CROSSING California v Contra Costa County v Moraga


rivate gated 53+ acres with world-class views in Rancho Moraga area. Guest house approximately 1,100-square-feet with sport court. Property has a flat building pad for a 5,700± square-foot custom home. Property has 2.5+ acres planted vineyard, in need of some TLC. A custom Castle Brook six-stall horse barn in place for the equestrian rider. Backs to EBMUD property and regional parks for riding and hiking. One could live in the guest house while building their dream home. This property is close to all shopping; located within an excellent school district.

Jerry R. Vaughn 925-200-3030

RANCHO DE LA ROSA California v Contra Costa County v Martinez


uild your dream estate home on this 33+ acres. Property has speculator views in all directions. Located at the end of the road for worlds of privacy. Easy access to Hwy 680 just a one-hour drive to San Francisco. Enjoy Mt. Diablo and Alhambra Valley state parks. Seller has made improvements, well, roads and entry gate. Possible lot split, zoning A-2. Call for private showing. Priced to sell.

Alain Pinel Realtors • BRE# 00908970

Amanda Thompson 925-260-7405 • BRE# 01911093



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Being born and imprinted at sea level is a curse one has to bear. Climbing stadium steps with leg weights since July was mandatory to get my legs ready to carry me, since my lungs would rebel at the high altitude. I’d dreamed of hunting in the Rockies for years, and wasn’t going to let not being able to breathe get in the way.

Four of us were going on this trip. Clint was our guide, since he had hunted the area before. He also had horses and a mule. And tents. “Horse,” another member of our gang, had hunted elk, and talked like he knew everything there was. Jayson seemed only mildly interested, but insisted that he wanted to go. We and stopped in Alamosa, Colorado and bought licenses. My bull elk license costs $250 a few summers before. This year, it would be $641 for the non-resident license for the period of October 14-18. License fees have gone up everywhere. We met Clint at the trailhead for Colorado Elk Hunt Unit 66 in the Gunnison National Forest, north of Creede. He already had the panniers on the two horses. He also had a small, white mule. All we had to pack was enough food, clothing, guns, gear and stuff to last the winter. Clint had already set up two wall tents, since he, his wife Kathy, and two others had hunted the first week. Horse brought a small sleeping tent. We also had plenty of giardia tablets to purify our water since it would come out of the creek. The four-legged horses had probably never carried such loads. I told the guys I would take it easy since the altitude would hamper my breathing. Jayson didn’t listen. He took off with his heavy backpack like this was a foot race. Between us, we re-enacted the Tortoise and the Hare. Half an hour later, this turtle caught up with the would-be rabbit. He was sitting on a rock gasping for air, and claiming he was possibly having a heart attack. I convinced him it was just the altitude, and after he caught his breath, we resumed the hike–at my pace. There was a little daylight remaining after we made camp, so I headed out to hunt. I got to a draw that afforded a view of the mountain on the other side, and decided I would just watch it until just after sunset. I waited a little too long. When it was time to head back to camp, I turned to leave and immediately stumbled over a large boulder, tossing my Model 70 Winchester as I fell forward. The rifle hit loose gravel and made a surprisingly gentle landing. Having no second rifle at camp, I figured my hunt was probably over. The next day, though, I set up a makeshift target and fired a round. It struck a couple inches high and centered over the bullseye. Lucky me! Our campsite overlooked Mineral Creek. It looked like a magazine cover. A small feeder creek was close and provided our drinking water. We kept a gallon jug of fresh creek water settling out by the creek, sufficiently treated, so that by the time one jug was empty, the other would be ready to drink. After breakfast the next morning, Clint and Horse took off

across Mineral Creek and hunted the mountain on that side. The weather was pleasant, but storm clouds started gathering. “We’re going to get dumped on,” Clint said when they got back. During the night, the wind picked up, and then it sounded like gentle rain falling on the roof of the tent. Clint shined a flashlight on the inside of the roof, and it glistened. “It’s snowing,” Clint said. We got back to sleep, and a little later I heard something that sounded like someone trying to crawl under the of the tent. My first thought was bear. Then I comforted myself with the thought that bears were probably in hibernation. At least I hoped so. Then there was a snort, of sorts. “It’s that damn white mule,” Clint said. He got semi-dressed and went out and re-tied the little mule. We woke up to a light snow covering that part of Colorado. At least it had stopped falling, but it was cloudy, and looked like the snow was just napping. I encased my rifle and trudged off to the north. After about a mile, I found tracks leading up the mountain, and decided to follow them. It was a mild incline, and that helped me keep a slow, quiet pace conducive to hunting. After about half an hour, it began to snow, again. Then it snowed harder. Fearing I would get disoriented in the snowfall and lack of visibility, I stopped and sat on a large rock. I still felt like I knew where I was, and which way camp was. When I started back to camp, later, as long as I kept going downhill, I felt confident I would eventually get to the creek, and turn left for camp. But fog and falling snow can both disorient you. The snow finally ceased, and the sky got brighter. The snow had covered the tracks I had been following, but I decided to follow what looked like a fairly wide trail through the dark timber. It eventually opened onto a broad mesa, broken here and there with a few trees. I sat on a rock for quite a while and waited for visibility to improve. I moved down the mountain later in the afternoon; I thought that would take me back down to the creek. Then, in the distance, I spotted some objects that didn’t look like quite like rocks. There were maybe a dozen, or so. My binoculars confirmed that they were elk, but I couldn’t see antlers at that distance. Taking advantage of the few trees for cover, I began a deliberate descent toward them. The afternoon was moving on as I got to the end of the trees. I studied the elks carefully. A few more had appeared, but I still didn’t see antlers. They seemed to be moving down the slope. Even had there been a bull among them, it would have been a long, tricky shot downhill. And even if I made a good shot, tracking her in falling light would be difficult. Those cows were more elk than any of us had seen. If I didn’t disturb them, they might be nearby tomorrow. I elected to wait until mañana. I worked my way back down the mountain to a wide trail along the creek. Darkness overtook me, and I realized that I had gone farther from camp than I had thought. I trudged on, thinking that this had to be the trail. The moon was trying to appear through the clouds, and it was a pleasant evening, so I decided to enjoy it. The sounds of my boots hitting the snow and my ears being covered from the cold muffled most sounds. Almost before I realized it, there were two rows of mounted horsemen bearing down on me on the trail at a sustained lope. I lurched off the trail and they passed by without saying a word. It was all over in several seconds and I was still upright. In about half a mile, I saw lights from camp. I stumbled into the cook tent and almost collapsed into a pile of somebody’s clothes on the ground. Guess I was closer to the end of my rope than I knew. I don’t remember all their jibes, except one about worrying that I had gone mad in the snowstorm, ripped off all my clothes and was still running through dark timber. That hadn’t happened.


They told me they had saved me a little supper–in case I made it back. I was almost too tired to eat, but cold stew was better than none. They let me get down a couple of bites, and then Horse said, “Big John, we’ve decided we’ve had enough of this cold and each other and we’re gonna pack up and leave in the morning.” I stopped in mid-bite. Our licenses still had two days to hunt. “Naw! I came to hunt, dammit, and I think I’ve got the elk patterned,” I snarled through a mouthful of venison. “We knew you’d be that way,” he said, “so we’ll let you hunt ‘til 8 o’clock, while we break camp.” “Nine!” I answered. “O.K., nine,” Clint answered, intervening. I slept like a dead man until about 4:30; dressed and stopped by the cook tent to grab a muffin. It was cold, but somewhat clear. Still dark. I decided to go back up the mountain and over to where I had last seen the elk. Maybe I’d get lucky. I cut across a big, open bowl instead of following the main trail along the creek. I was about half way across the bowl, when I detected movement on the ridge. Even in the dimness, I could see a semblance of antlers. I dropped straight down into the snow, fumbling for my binoculars. My heart was pounding out a wild drum solo. I got enough snow off the binocs to see a little. Framed by the bows of a spruce tree on both sides was the head of a bull elk. His antlers disappeared behind the branches before showing but several inches to me. I laid there in the snow studying him and hoping he’d turn sideways to show me four points on either side. All I could see were the brow tines. The thought went through my mind that if I could

see he was legal, I was close enough to camp that my sleeping mates would hear the shot, and probably the whomp when the bullet struck the heart-lung area of his chest. That would be fitting. They’d know we had game to butcher and mutter something unprintable. I snapped off the safety. Time stood still. It was probably less than five minutes, but it seemed longer. The bull was looking at a fool lying in the snow, wondering. He turned his head and for the first time I could see multiple antler points on both beams. In the same instant, he took one step forward and his head and the massive antlers again disappeared behind a veil of branches. My finger was on the trigger, but I knew that if I fired, I would do no more than gut shoot him. He deserved better. I laid there for several minutes, peering ahead through the branches hoping he would reemerge. It wasn’t going to happen. The trees were getting thicker up the mountain. I trailed him up the mountain until I lost the tracks. It was nine o’clock; I slowly turned back toward camp. As I plodded back to camp, I slowly reconciled the event. By not risking an imprudent shot, I had avoided wounding a magnificent animal. I had avoided the risk that he might not have had the required number of points, although I still believe he did. And I kicked myself for not remembering that five-inch brow tines would also have made him legal. I was sure he had those. Hunting is about respecting game laws, respecting the game, and it is about respecting the land you hunt. It is also about self respect. I had come to hunt, and I had gotten what I came for, although my would-be bull still walks the mountains and dark timber. Maybe I’ll see him during another season…and in my dreams, for sure! v

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ARKANSAS VALLEY RANCH Colorado v Chaffee County v Salida


his spectacular 280-acre working ranch is located in the Arkansas Valley, one of Colorado’s most popular and desirable destinations. The beautiful town of Salida features world-renowned art galleries, fine dining, hot springs and unique shopping in the renovated pre-1900 buildings downtown. Other activities include river rafting, trout fishing, big game hunting, and skiing in the millions of acres of public lands. Salida also has a private airport with a 7,300-foot runway. The ranch’s nearest neighbor is over a quarter-mile away yet the property is less than three miles from downtown Salida, minutes away from BLM, National Forest, and the Arkansas River, and 20 minutes from Monarch Ski Area. Enjoy this solitude in a recently renovated 2,520-square-foot four-bedroom, three-bath home with a full master suite on the main level—all with views of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, Sawatch Mountains, and surrounding valley. Attached garage, detached garage/shop, barns, and corrals for livestock, equipment, and toys. The fenced and cross-fenced ranch includes water rights and benefits from sub-irrigation providing plenty of pasture for horses and livestock. This ranch is conservation easement free providing substantial financial benefits if a new owner wants to take advantage of conserving this beautiful ranch. $3,900,000.

Jon Adams Associate Broker Salida, CO


Bob Regester Broker 719-686-0244 office 719-338-4673 cell




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ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES Texas Hill Country v Gillespie County v Fredericksburg


his beautiful 140-acre property of rolling hills is just 10 miles northwest of Fredericksburg, Texas, which was just voted number two on “The South’s Best Small Towns 2017” list by Southern Living Magazine. It is convenient to both San Antonio and Austin. The ranch is a Hill Country gem with elevation changes from 2,166 to 2,080-feet which create multiple outstanding building sites on the property. About 80 percent of tree cover is post oak with shin and Spanish oak as well. Many large trees create a hunter’s dream and provide ideal spots for tree stands. If you have ever wanted to grow grapes or make wine, the front 20 acres of the property has been tested by Texas A&M and identified as a good location for a vineyard. There is a very cozy 900-square-foot home, built in 1988, that is currently run as a B&B. There is a refreshing pool and Jacuzzi when you want to escape the summer heat or just relax after a long day. This would make a great hunting cabin or a place to stay while you build your dream home. $1,495,000.

DOSS SPRING CREEK RD Texas Hill Country v Gillespie County v Fredericksburg


his 81 acres with approximately 450 feet of Doss Spring Creek Road frontage give the buyer ample space for entrances and privacy. The front 13 densely-covered acres have been left untouched for multiple bedding areas. The remaining acreage has beautiful rolling topography with 20 miles of unrestricted views. Tree cover is made of cedar, shin oak, live oak, walnut and Spanish oak throughout. Water wells in the area vary from 175-feet at 10 GPM to 280-feet at 17 GPM. Multiple level building sites would take advantage of the longrange views. The current owner cultivates approximately 1.5 acres of winter oats for the wild game. Deer, turkey and dove are some of the native species found on the ranch. Close proximity to Harper and Fredericksburg. Located in Fredericksburg ISD. Current taxes are approximately $150/year and are ag exempt. Come and take a look at everything this ranch has to offer! $675,000.

WINE CORRIDOR RANCH Texas Hill Country v Gillespie County v Fredericksburg


his 18± acres would make a perfect commercial venue. It borders two wineries/vineyards, two B&Bs and a KOA Campground. Located right off Hwy 290 on RR 1376, the location couldn’t be better for a winery, wedding venue or whatever you can imagine! Property is game-fenced and includes two 288-square-foot cabins which are currently rented. There is also a 1,232-square-foot threebedroom, two-bath manufactured home with porch and detached carport. You will also find a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment, crossfencing, sheds, storage buildings, windmill, two wells and two septic systems. $1,289,500.

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ROCKING BAR RANCH Wyoming v Park County v Meeteetse



anches that are part of an ecosystem largely unaltered for 200 years are as rare as pure strains of cutthroat trout these days, Colorado v Jackson County v Rand but the Rocking Bar Ranch just outside of Meeteetse, Wyo., is recious few Colorado ranches can boast of private elk, deer, exactly one such place. Spreading approximately 15,000 total acres moose and bear hunting on literally thousands of acres, plus five (9,048 deeded) among the foothills of the Absaroka Mountains, the trophy trout ponds and lodging that is “turnkey ready” for guests, Rocking Bar Ranch stands apart as a property long managed in full but Whistling Elk Ranch has them all. This exceptional North Park harmony with its environment. $9,950,000. Property ID: 54270 property near Rand includes 3,793 deeded acres, making Whistling Elk Ranch a hunting and fishing resort with ample room to roam. $11,500,000. Property ID: 54806


MATHESON RANCH Colorado v Grand County v Kremmling

PAINT ROCK CANYON RANCH Wyoming v Big Horn County v Hyattville



idden in the heart of one of Colorado’s last unspoiled mountain valleys, the 1,928-acre Matheson Ranch is tailor made for hunting and fishing of exceptional quality. Located only two hours from Denver in the Troublesome Creek Valley, the Matheson Ranch features nearly a mile of the brown and rainbow trout-rich Troublesome Creek, and some of the most significant water rights in the area. $7,500,000. Property ID: 54187

asily qualifying as one of the finest all-round large ranches in Wyoming, the 83,604-acre (7,177 deeded) Paint Rock Canyon Ranch will capture your western imagination and not let it go for years to come. If you’re seeking a Western ranch with the best in fly fishing, big game hunting and agricultural production, we at Harrigan Land Company think that you’ve just found it. $25,000,000. Property ID: 54586

BROKEN BONE RANCH Colorado v Routt County v Yampa



ocated only 40 minutes from Steamboat Springs and one hour from Vail lies a Colorado recreational ranch of exceptional quality. Containing 1,388 acres of an ideal blend of mountainirrigated hay meadows, creek bottom, and quaking aspens, Broken Bone Ranch has long been prime habitat for elk, mule deer, black bear, and small game species. $6,950,000. Property ID: 54188

New Mexico v Rio Arriba County v Chama


ever before offered on the market, the 16,309-acre Broken Butt Ranch in northern New Mexico easily qualifies as one of the largest remaining elk-rich mountain ranches in the state. Named for a rifle with a broken stock found on the ranch in the early 1900s, Broken Butt Ranch has a long history of careful management as a joint cattle and hunting property. $32,000,000. Property ID: 52690

Dave Harrigan • Hunter Harrigan 303-683-9090 • 800-524-1818 toll free •




Utah v Garfield County v Boulder

ear the incomparable Grand Staircase National Monument, where the mountain meets the desert, this amazingly unique home offers wonderful opportunities for hiking, biking and riding in the midst of an incredible landscape. The remote location adjoining the National Forest offers solitude, star-filled night skies and abundant wildlife. Meticulously and artfully designed for its land and environment, the home and guest house are built with steel beams, massive windows and doors, and a copper roof with very graceful lines. Artisan metal work throughout the property adds to the sense of quality and beauty. Over 5,000 square-feet of living space on five secluded acres. $1,400,000.

Cathy Bagley 435-425-3200 • 435-691-5424 cell

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Colorado v Summit County v Silverthorne

Bears Ranch combines the comfort of a private luxury estate with a plentitude of recreation opportunities throughout the 5,860-acre Shadow Creek Ranch. The 12,000-square-foot custom handcrafted Sitka log home is designed for social gatherings with its open floor plan, including a massive great room and fireplace, billiards table and wet bar, and an enormous chef’s kitchen. The home boasts three separate master suites, four guest suites, a luxurious home theater, a temperature-controlled wine room and a 4,000-square-foot toy barn. Large-scale Douglas-fir logs and natural stone throughout add a characteristic reminiscent of national park guest lodges. This turnkey ranch comes complete with custom furnishings, antiques, and sophisticated rustic finishes, all of which give it that relaxed, Colorado high country feel. 3 Bears Ranch is located within the private gated community of Shadow Creek Ranch and includes all of the amenities covered with ownership at Shadow Creek Ranch. $8,250,000.



Colorado v Grand County v Kremmling

spen Ridge Ranch is a beautiful and secluded sportsman’s retreat close to three of Colorado’s premier resort towns. The ranch consists of 522± acres bordered by Routt National Forest, 35 minutes from Kremmling, Colo. The property has excellent habitat for Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, black bear, moose, and mountain lion. The ranch also has live water in the East Fork of Blacktail Creek which has a handful of beaver ponds and contains native brook trout. Aspen Ridge Ranch has extensive water rights and approximately 150± acres of irrigated and sub-irrigated meadows. The ranch improvements include a beautiful four-bedroom, fourbath home, luxurious guest cabin, large shop and a yurt with large deck and views of the Gore Range. $2,650,000.



Colorado v Grand County v Kremmling

he 391-acre Red Dirt Creek Ranch features a beautiful, custombuilt log home overlooking Red Dirt Creek meandering through the property for nearly a mile. This ranch is surrounded on three sides by larger ranches with conservation easements. Opportunities for outdoor recreation include excellent hunting, ATVing, horseback Colorado v Grand County v Kremmling riding, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and itschard Ranch is a beautiful recreational ranch just 20 minutes cross-country skiing both on the ranch and Arapaho National from Kremmling, Colo., 35 miles to Steamboat Springs and Forest. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for the perfect just over two hours to Denver. The ranch consists of 145± acres mountain home or cabin only 15 minutes from town, yet very including 100± acres irrigated and sub-irrigated high-country secluded with a number of recreational aspects. $1,850,000. meadows and six ponds used for fishing, livestock and wildlife watering. Three of the six ponds are filled with Kamloops and Donaldson steelhead rainbow trout and have a natural population of freshwater shrimp. The ranch borders the Carter Creek State Trust lands giving the ranch excellent access to some of the best William George, Broker/Owner elk and mule deer hunting in the Colorado high country. The ranch home is a custom built, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath, square 970-485-1052 cell • 970-724-5900 office log home with custom woodwork throughout. $799,000. •




GIBRALTAR RANCH California v Santa Barbara County v Santa Barbara tunning home where peace and quiet prevail. Gated, private, 18 acres with expansive city, ocean and island views. Custom four-bedroom, four-bath home with wine cellar, finished attic, pool, spa, sauna, cabana, one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse, three-car garage with office and bath. 16x1,500-foot concrete driveway, mature landscaping, 30,000-gallon inground water storage, private wells. Helicopter pad possible. MLS# 17-1585. $3,500,000.


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California v Santa Barbara County v Santa Barbara ost spectacular view property in Santa Barbara County with views from Pt. Concepcion to Pt. Mugu. The property is gated, private, 22 acres, zoned 40-acre AG, especially important for cannabis growers with permits. Room for greenhouses; building plans available for 4,500-square-foot four-bedroom, four-bath home with four-car garage on three-quartersacre building site. All amenities in, just pull permits. 16x1,500-foot concrete driveway, existing three-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse with three-car garage. Three-hundred Hass avocado trees. Private wells. Eleven minutes to Milpas and 101. MLS# 17-1447. $2,998,000. Note both properties can be bought together for extended family purposes. $6,500,000.




New Mexico v San Miguel County v Las Vegas

eautiful log home on 538 acres of rolling grassland with spectacular panoramic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the City of Las Vegas sprawled below. Vaulted ceilings, wall of windows, lovely tile throughout, wood carved column, skylights, solid wood doors and open floor plan bring elegance to the spacious living room with stone fireplace, dining room, gourmet kitchen with lovely hickory cabinets and brand new appliances, huge pantry, large sun room and office. Great for entertaining. Two guest bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths, spacious master suite with jetted tub, separate shower and walk-in closet provide serene comfort. Oversized two-bay attached garage has plenty of room for even a studio space. Covered and open patios perfect to enjoy the views. There is comfort for the horses in the fully equipped 16-stall barn with plenty of feed storage and half-bath, and of course the divided pastures. This horse ranch is conveniently located just 3.5 miles east of town. $1,350,000.

Bernadette Almanzar



MJN RANCH LOT D - 30.67 ACRES Colorado v Garfield County v Carbondale


onderful 30-acre agricultural parcel with amazing Carbondale location, privacy and spectacular views of Mt. Sopris and the valley. This property is part of the historic Nieslanik family and only a short drive away from the Aspen/Snowmass ski area. A single family home, riding arena, or barn may also be added to this property. $3,000,000.



ncredible opportunity to own a private SF lot close to all of the amenities of Carbondale. Colorado v Garfield County v Carbondale Build your dream home with unending views of Mt. Sopris, and a creek running through this one-of-a kind property. Low HOA dues, and perfectly situated with unobstructed views of the Carbondale Valley. Abundant wildlife and setting make this property unmatched in Colorado. A true ranch experience. $449,000.

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ncredible ranch on approximately 4,915 acres. Two gorgeous, main homes are built from logs. They both enjoy an in-ground heated pool surrounded by a large custom deck, a pool house with a kitchen area and bathroom, and a large covered barbecue for grand cookouts. Abundant water, with yeararound Cow Creek and a giant reservoir. The ranch has very nice horse facilities including 4,915± ACRES a barn, large arena, round walker next to California v Shasta County v Millville the lake and more. For the cattle, there are squeeze chutes, a livestock scale, livestock shed, a working shaded area, pole feed barn, fencing, cross-fencing and more. There is also a hunter’s cabin, hay barn, three-bedroom, two-bath rental house with garage, a dog kennel and shop. $7,995,000.



California v Trinity County v Hawkins Bar


eautiful and spacious 94-acre property enjoys privacy and proximity to the Trinity River. Included are two homes, excellent hunting, substantial marketable timber, abundant water, very large pond, creek irrigation rights, fenced orchard with six different varieties of fruit trees, and outbuildings for your tools, hobbies or toys. One of the homes utilized the original iconic red barn and still retains the amazing open beam barrel ceilings. The ranch is located close enough to town to be convenient and with enough spacious acreage for the privacy you crave! This has been in one family for many decades, and now is available for your generations of memories. $1,495,000.


California v Trinity Co. v Burnt Ranch


een dreaming of someday living where nature and privacy surround you? With room to hunt and play, and some extra bedrooms for friends or family to visit? This fourbedroom, two-bath custom home on 24 acres has phenomenal views and was built to enjoy them, with large windows, a master balcony and large main deck. The acreage is comprised of four separate legal parcels and includes small ponds plus a one-acre catfish pond. Owner will consider selling just the home on five acres for $450,000, or enjoy it all for $799,000.


nowline Ranch is a gentleman’s ranch, fenced and cross-fenced, with abundant water, nice pasture land, four-stall horse barn, and large arena that includes a chute and squeeze to load one’s livestock. The amazing two-bedroom, two-bath home has been designed to drink in the panoramic views with a large, vaulted, open-beam, 106± ACRES octagonal living room, vista windows and a California v Trinity County v Hayfork wrap-around view deck. There is also a twobedroom, one-bath guest house. Much ranch equipment is included with the sale. The town is nearby for convenience but the ranch enjoys privacy, plus USFS land on two- sides. The airport is only two miles away, for ease of access. Motivated seller! Just reduced to $1,299,000.





xtremely rare and unique residential Colorado v Grand County v Fraser ranch property on more than 35 acres with adjacent tracts included for a total of over 193 acres. Property includes four drilled domestic wells located throughout the parcels and can be sub-divided under Grand County’s Sub-ex Guidelines. Off grid capabilities with active solar power, heated greenhouse, wood boiler, and generator. 40 acres of high density development possible. South facing exposure with panoramic views of the Fraser Valley, the Continental Divide and Winter Park Ski Area. Working horse/cattle ranch with main house, chicken coop, maternity barn, horse stables and barns, storage, ag status with grazing and haying operations and equipment. Spacious and comfortable main home with wrap-around porch, hot tub, game/entertaining room and even guest/caretaker’s quarters. Included is a three-car attached garage and root cellar/wine cellar in the home. Agricultural lease in place and significant water rights besides domestic wells. Many opportunities with this one-of-a-kind property in booming ski town area. $7,900,000.


xceptional mountain home with “king of the hill” panoramic views of Shadow Mountain Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park and beyond! This home boasts a smart and spacious floor plan for family, friends, entertaining and enjoying the good life in Colorado v Grand County v Grand Lake the mountains. Double-sided massive stone fireplace creates an intimate dining area while the other side warms the grand living space. Downstairs is ready for more entertaining and enjoyment featuring a recreation room with pool table, cozy media room, second living space and second kitchen space. Flanking the downstairs perimeters are two bedrooms and one bath on each side of the home for a total of four bedrooms on the patio level. The loft area is a quiet comfy getaway. The house features an attached, three-car heated garage and a detached 1,400-square-foot garage with shop. On more than three-quarters an acre, the views of the lakes and surrounding mountains of the National Park as well as southern Byers Peak views are unmatched in the area. You must sit on the sprawling deck or in the hot tub to realize how spectacular this setting truly is. There are many healthy trees on this property and there are several outdoor spaces to enjoy from the patio to the fire pit to the encapsulating deck. $950,000.


Lisa Waldorf

Amanda Solomon


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Colorado v Weld County his 3,400-cow dairy is situated on just over 500 acres in the heart of Northern Colorado. It has free-stalls, a 7,000-head heifer facility, a 624-head indoor calf facility, new manure pit and separator. Up to 1,200 additional acres are available. This farm is very well watered with both surface and well water. Can be purchased turnkey.


Ryan Hostetler

3050 67th Ave, Suite 200 Greeley, CO 80634




ituated at the base of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range just five miles from Encampment and only 30 minutes south of historic Saratoga, Wyo., is the Jensen Ranch. Surrounded by the BLM, this scenic mountain ranch is comprised of 440 deeded acres and 3,758 acres of BLM and state lease. The diverse habitat on the ranch has made it a popular refuge for mule deer, elk, antelope and black bear. Nestled against an aspen grove on the north end of the property is a well-appointed 3,518-square-foot home with incredible mountain views making this ranch an exclusive private retreat for the outdoorsman. $1,900,000.

THE JENSEN RANCH Wyoming v Carbon County v Encampment

FISH CREEK RANCH PRESERVE Wyoming v Albany County v Laramie hree great homes for sale just two hours north of Denver in the Fish Creek Ranch Preserve, one of Wyoming’s beautiful mountain ranches. Developed with the vision to preserve the western lifestyle for future generations, this shared amenity ranch encompasses 3,752 acres that have been set aside as a private game preserve with riding trails, fishing ponds and abundant wildlife for all the owners to enjoy. Each home sits on approximately 35 acres and features outstanding views of the ranch. A fulltime resident ranch manager completes this offering.


LAZY H 2 RANCH Colorado v Routt County v Steamboat Springs

Curtis James 307-326-3104

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educed by $450,000! Located just 13 miles south of the resort town of Steamboat Springs, Colo., is the Lazy H 2 Ranch. Comprised of 198.5Âą deeded acres, the Lazy H 2 features a nice blend of lush meadows and timbered hillsides providing excellent habitat for wildlife. There are a number of beautiful building sites throughout the ranch. If you are looking for a high country ranch with great potential and one that is just a short drive from fine dining and world class skiing, the Lazy H 2 might be the perfect fit for you. $1,800,000.

TURKEY TRACK RANCH California v Colusa County v Williams ocated 18 miles west of the city of Williams on Hwy 16 in Colusa County. This ranch consists of 2,575.50 acres, and is a working cattle ranch. There are two large reservoirs on the ranch with a nice hunting lodge and sleeping cabin. Excellent pig, deer and elk hunting, and bass fishing in the ponds. A very secluded weekend getaway with easy access. THIS IS A SPORTSMEN’S PARADISE! $2,523,990.


CRUM RANCH California v Yolo County 35 acres of Class II soil, well located on the west side of Hwy 505 and County Road 27 in Western Yolo County. Water provided by Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and used for irrigated row crops. Lots of possibilities! PRICE REDUCED! $3,180,465.


BOWLSBEY 320 California v Solano County v Davis 12 acres of excellent irrigated pasture in the heart of the Solano County pasture lands. The ranch is in Reclamation District 2068 and has very reasonable water costs. This is an easy ranch to irrigate and manage. $2,500,000. Co-listed with John Brennan of Brennan, Jewett, & Associates (530) 870-6625.


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1636 WESTWOOD ROAD Texas Hill Country v Caldwell County v Lockhart


gorgeous 11.1-acre private setting surrounds this unique custom home in the highly sought-after heart of Texas Hill Country. This one-of-a-kind, one-owner property was built with a focus on quality, design, and efficiency. The interior is of warm wood tones on stairs, feature walls, and a rich artisan entry door. The oversized vaulted master suite is on the main level with a claw foot tub and tiled walk-in shower. A secondary bedroom is also downstairs with a full bathroom. The spacious lofted upper floor has two additional bedrooms with a double-vanity granite-top full bathroom. A stunning bird’s eye view of the rolling hills. Open kitchen has SS appliances, granite tops, and a secondary copper sink prep area. Detached four-car drive-thru garage with an extra unfinished plumbed efficiency apartment. Deer, turkey and quail habitat. This home is in excellent condition. The interior has been freshly painted. The acreage is partially cleared so it can be walked or driven on to view property boundaries. Secluded yet close to the city and is in a highly desirable area of Caldwell County. There is a pond on the property. Adjoining 16 acres available. Owner/Broker. $700,000.

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16,978± Deeded with 9,518± BLM and State Wyoming v Sheridan County v Clearmont


800± Deeded with 233± Irrigated Farm Land Wyoming v Big Horn County v Shell


ome of the best farm ground in Wyoming and includes home, feedlot, shop, chutes, and scale. $1,750,000.


eart of cow country in two states with world class hunting, two homes, shop, and air strip. $11,950,000.


2,720± Deeded with 660± BLM Montana v Powder River County v Broadus


6,178± Deeded plus 4,940± Leased Acres



xcellent grass and potential dryland hay base. Working improvements adjacent to county road. $1,695,000.


Montana v Powder River County v Sayle

imbered ridges between the Powder River and Tongue River in the heart of great ranch country. $4,350,000


4,750± Deeded with 11,425,000± BLM and State Wyoming v Park County v Meeteetse


ive water and owner rated at 250-300 pairs year-round, home, working improvements, and early priority irrigation. $3,600,000.

640± Deeded with 5.830± BLM & State

Wyoming v Washakie County v Thermopolis


wner rated at 100+ cow/calf pairs year-round, Incredible home, irrigation and welded pipe corrals. Can be assembled with the Open Lock Ranch. $1,495,000.

Charlie Powers 307-217-2777


BEAVER CREEK RANCH Wyoming v Sheridan County v Big Horn legacy ranch opportunity of a lifetime near Big Horn, Wyo. An oasis tucked in a private valley in the coveted Big Horn Mountain foothills; this sporting ranch is the best of lifestyle, agriculture, wildlife and conservation. Hunting and fishing are exceptional with abundant wildlife and carefully managed land and water resources. Excellent water rights and a gravity-flow irrigation system allow for tremendous agricultural production while promoting the habitat for wildlife. The owner’s residence beautifully and naturally blends in with the surrounding landscape and other improvements are welldesigned, appointed and fitting for the ranch. $18,500,000.


BRINKERHOFF RANCH Wyoming v Sheridan County v Sheridan t’s extremely rare to find a 600-AU ranch that has 11,071 total acres (9,323± deeded) and is all blocked for ease of management and privacy only 15 minutes from Sheridan, Wyo. It has excellent and abundant water rights for irrigation, plus great rangeland for livestock grazing and big game hunting. This ranch has excellent hunting for trophy whitetail and mule deer, elk, and upland game birds as well. This is a true investment-grade working ranch with great recreation in a great location. $9,500,000.


C BAR B RANCH Wyoming v Johnson County v Buffalo


xceptional and scenic sporting, equestrian and production ranch right off paved highway and only 10 miles from Buffalo, Wyo., in the heart of the Clear Creek Valley. The C Bar B Ranch has almost four miles of trophy trout fishing on Clear Creek, plus other fishing opportunities in a large pond, seven pivots on 400 irrigated acres with tremendous water rights. Complete with a skeet range, a 32,000-square-foot indoor arena with 32 stalls and dog kennels, an executive home, and a manager’s home, this ranch is a great investment opportunity in the low-tax state of Wyoming near the wonderful communities of Buffalo and Sheridan. $6,400,000.

UPPER FRENCH CREEK RANCH Wyoming v Johnson County v Buffalo ind peace, privacy and tranquility on this beautiful ranch tucked away in the Upper French Creek valley. Just minutes from downtown Buffalo, French Creek provides a cottonwood-lined riparian zone that is rich in wildlife and offers fantastic Big Horn Mountain views. With a nice mix of irrigation and upland, this working ranch will provide a new owner with a great place to live and recreate along with a small ranch operation. $2,900,000.


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SASIA RANCH California v Kern County v Tehachapi


ring your horses and hang your spurs! In the mountains of Kern County lies the absolute greatest 19.4-acre ranch property with all the bells and whistles. Everything is established and already in place. It has a great well, 16 stalls, corrals, seven turnouts, round pen and pastures. There is a large barn, five shed row box stalls and metal corral piping. The 2,848-squarefoot, four-bedroom, three-bath ranch home has had extensive updating. There is also an unattached studio apartment that needs some work, along with an in-ground pool. There is even a large shop building adjacent to stalls and corrals. The whole property is quietly tucked into the hillside with trees and riding trails galore. Must see to truly appreciate. Tehachapi is located outside of Southern California’s congested, highly populated areas and outside of the drier, hotter deserts and valleys surrounding it. The higher elevation Chris Walters and mountain locale epitomize outdoor living at its best. People in Tehachapi, whether 661-747-8954 • resident or visitor, relish their time spent outside enjoying the scenic beauty and all the Scott Thatcher recreational opportunities, extreme sports and wildlife the area has to offer. It’s about higher elevation—clean air, four seasons, outdoor adventure. $644,500. 661-205-9644 •



Wyoming v Converse County v Glenrock


ouble D Ranch is a sportsman’s paradise with fishing, hunting, and park-like scenery including a spectacular canyon. The property is 741 total acres with private access to thousands of adjacent park lands. Enjoy rugged canyons, waterfalls, deep clear pools and excellent trout fishing from Boxelder Creek. The 6,000-square-foot log lodge features six bedrooms with a trophy room, a 100-yard indoor shooting range and guest quarters. A horse barn is also included and there is yearround access to the property. Price has been reduced. Located within 40 minutes of an international airport. Priced at only $1,495,000.

Gary Lever 307-473-9990 • 307-247-1032

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TURKEY TRACK RANCH New Mexico v Chaves County v Dexter


irst time offering of the historic Turkey Track Ranch located is southeastern New Mexico. The ranch has been under one family ownership since 1947. The property is comprised of more than 253,000 total acres extending into three New Mexico counties. It is one of the largest ranch offerings in the United States. Acreage: 37,000.00± deeded acres; 48,800.00± New Mexico state lease acres; 167,625.00± Federal BLM lease acres; 253,425.00± total acres. The grazing capacity is 3,000± A.U.Y.L. The ranch has been historically operated as a year-long cow/calf operation with some carryover of stocker calves. The ranch is operated from a headquarters complex located on the east end of the ranch along with three additional cow camps complete with residences, barns and corral. Pasture design includes 13 larger pastures and numerous smaller pastures and holding traps. Livestock water is provided by more than 30 operational water wells, an extensive water pipeline system and several larger earthen tanks scattered throughout the ranch. Terrain is diverse varying from shinnery oak sand country to tight, solid turf grama grass country. The ranch is located in an area of oil and gas production. Over the Scott McNally, Qualifying Broker years ownership has collected significant income from surface damages and sale of sand, P.O. Box 428 • Roswell, NM 88202 gravel and caliche. Ownership controls some minerals that they will convey with the sale of the ranch. A significant amount of ranch equipment is also included with the sale. Cattle 575-622-5867 office may be purchased by a separate contract. Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of the last 575-420-1237 cell large cattle ranches in the West. Call for an appointment to take a look. View on website: Price: $18,500,000. Cash to seller.

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Paul Shannon 805-237-4040

California v San Luis Obispo County v Paso Robles estside Ranch is a premium vineyard in the highly sought terroir of the Adelaida Sub Appellation in the Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California. This approximately 80-acre parcel has a roughly 62-acre mature vineyard composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Petite Syrah and Syrah varietals. $4,700,000.



Colorado v Boulder County v Longmont


elcome to the farm! This stunning property is situated on 54 immaculate acres with 25 share of Left Hand Ditch water, all operated by a beautiful two-acre pond built by the Army Core of Engineers. The pond is fully stocked with bass and trout for your fishing pleasure. The pond flood irrigates the farm with its newly installed 15 horsepower pump. The farm is growing eight varieties of hops planted in 2011 on two acres and a 12-foot trellis system. The entire hops system was outfitted with Neatafrim Pre-perforated drip irrigation and a fertilizer injection system. Additionally, the farm has a sustainable three pasture rotation with seven percent protein grass, all flood irrigated. The homestead is a 3,678-square-foot completely renovated farmhouse built by the renowned Treeline Homes out of Boulder, Colo. The home has panoramic views of the farm and pond. With attention to detail and a variety of windows throughout, this home is flooded with warmth and charm. Features include radiant heated floors on the main level, antique pine wide plank Chum Tran wood floors, custom cabinetry, top of the line appliances and spray foam insulation. Enjoy the view from the exquisite master retreat with home office and fitness room. The Hops & Heifers 303-931-4012 Farm is a one-of-a-kind property not to be missed! Call for your private tour today. $3,600,000. 72 Volume 69 Farm&Ranch West

By Charles Johnson

Making Milk Florida dairy expands horizons

…and fun

During Florida’s busy season, Dakin Dairy Farm’s parking lot fills with school buses as well as carloads of tourists and locals eager to see how a modern dairy farm operates.


he Dakins not only milk cows, they also bottle and ship the milk, giving visitors an idea of what the business is about. Many of these visitors may be impressed by the experience but still not understand the grit and work it took to make this Myakka City, Florida, farm a success. Jerry Dakin left his family farm in 1997 and started with 250 dairy cows. He and his wife, Karen, moved to their current property in 2002. Since then, they’ve increased cow numbers tenfold; employee numbers rose from six to more than 80. This happened as the state’s dairy

industry, mirroring national trends, saw declining farm numbers. USDA census records show that in 1997, Florida had 579 dairy farms. Now it has 127, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Along the way, the Dakins built and paid for an on-farm milk bottling plant and now ship several truckloads of product weekly. It took more than luck to make it work, they say. “We started with zero dollars. We knew we had to get a plan, and within six years, we were here,” Jerry says. “It took lots of prayer,


seizing opportunities when they arose, and hard work. When you believe in the American dream, you can accomplish anything.” They did a lot of groundwork to hold costs down and to learn about the latest dairy technology. “Jerry is a researcher at heart. He has a unique brain. He will fly all over this country to learn how to do stuff,” Karen says. Cut costs. “I watched bottling plants go up at astronomical costs. Then four years later, they’re auctioning them off. We found the place that sells the seconds, the cheaper stuff that’s just as good. Things like that make us different. We would never have made it if we’d incurred a huge amount of debt,” Jerry says. “We also learned that we had to get the best advice and hire good people. Those people around us really moved this thing forward. We learned to listen to everybody, get all of that input, then come to our decisions.” Hello, world. Their plan included agritourism, as well. “People are connecting themselves with their food. Farmers need to tell their story. Now, a lot of people know our story. We say, learn to tell your own story. Don’t let somebody else tell it. Whole Foods taught us that more than anything. Tell your story or someone else is going to. If we don’t do these tours, we might be able to be out there doing more farming, but this is important for us and the dairy industry,” Karen says. On school field trips, a tour guide explains the farm’s grass-fed program for cows, taking groups to pastures, the milking parlor, and the bottling room, where they learn about things like pasteurization and butterfat content. Going on a guided farm tour costs $15. A hayride costs $9, and winding through the fall corn maze, $12. There’s also an on-farm cafe serving sandwiches and snacks, and a store selling a range of farm-

Jerry and Karen Dakin’s on-farm milk bottling plant was built five years ago.

related items. “We want this to be a good experience for visitors, and we want it to reflect well on the industry as well as our own farm,” Karen says. In 1980, Manatee County, Florida, had 29 dairies. Now there are three. The other two are owned by Jerry’s brothers, Cameron and Farren. Their parents, Pete and Jeanette Dakin, moved here from Livermore, Maine, in 1963, getting into the dairy business in 1974. “The county has 26 fewer dairy farms than in 1980, but the three of us left have more cows and more production,” Cameron says. Those dairy industry dynamics make it even more important to reach out to consumers. Being located a few miles east of Bradenton in a growing population center gives them good marketing opportunities but also close proximity to neighboring subdivisions. That

A youth group visiting from Tama County, Iowa enjoys fresh milk and the pond next to Karen and Jerry Dakin’s home. 74 Volume 69 Farm&Ranch West

increases the agritourism’s importance. “When the kids leave this farm, they know a lot more about where milk comes from than their moms and dads do,” says Farren, Jerry’s oldest brother, who farms nearby. Plus, it fits into today’s move toward local food. “We don’t see ‘local food’ as a niche or a fad. It’s for real. People want to know where food comes from and who the farmers are and what the farmers are doing,” Karen says. A challenging spot. The hot, humid climate makes dairy farming in the Sunshine State tough. Many forages struggle here. Yet, the state is milk-deficit, and with 20 million residents and many more tourists, it needs more milk, not less. Rick Lundquist, a dairy nutrition consultant with offices in both Duluth, Minnesota, and Sarasota, Florida, works with the Dakins to get a handle on the situation. “This is the worst place to milk in the country as far as climate and heat stress goes,” he says. “There is a three-month window in winter

Although the fields are mostly pure sand, the Dakins manage to produce decent corn.

Cow health remains the farm’s biggest push. Cows eat a grass-based diet balanced with a ration. Sand used in the barn comes from the farm itself. when cows feel good and can be pushed a bit.”Florida does have good herds, thanks to generally high-quality facilities. Dairy farming here differs quite a bit from, say, Wisconsin or Minnesota, where cooler temperatures prevail and make production of many forages like alfalfa much simpler. “On its best day, Florida can’t compete with the Midwest on alfalfa. Floridians needs to work with what they can grow, and that’s grass. Dairies like the Dakins have a perennial grass diet, like hybrid bermuda grass. For nine or 10 months it can be cut every 30 days. Florida producers can also feed a lot more byproducts than in Wisconsin, things like citrus pulp. In Wisconsin, cows get 60% to 70% dry matter. Here, it’s roughly 40% dry matter. They feed a lot less forage here simply because they don’t have it to feed,” Lundquist says. “The Dakins keep upgrading facilities. They get decent quality milk. They work hard on cow comfort. They’re doing all kinds of stuff to make it better on the cows, like fans and sprinklers in the freestall barns.” Even with its challenges, the Dakins plant 1,200 acres of corn, half of it green chopped for feed. Grass remains the farm’s go-to feed, though, mostly ryegrass and bermudagrass. “What’s this farm’s secret? Grass. Highquality, good grass for the cows,” Karen says. The grass, fertilized by composted manure, gets mixed with grains, minerals, and hay in a formula prescribed by Rick Lundquist. “They get what amounts to a well-balanced, delicious salad. It gives them the vitamins and minerals they need to produce high-quality milk. The grass gets chopped twice daily, which helps avoid pest problems. Cow health is our top concern, and fresh grass helps us make sure cows stay healthy,” Karen says. Wander around the farm on a typical

day during the busy season and you will encounter school groups learning about the farm. You’ll likely see young families at the farm’s petting zoo next door. There, children can feed small animals like goats and sheep, look at rabbits, and laugh at pig races. Some folks will be sitting at picnic tables, enjoying a Florida afternoon while eating sandwiches from the cafe and drinking milk, of course. “One thing we hope people come away understanding is that this is a real family farm right here in Manatee County, Florida, in the midst of all this growing population. We’re local. We’re not playing tricks with it. We don’t emphasize that enough. We’re fresh from Florida. If you live in Bradenton or Sarasota, we’re right down the road,” she says.

church here. We’re active in schools and organizations. We want people to know that.” Even though they now employ quite a few people, Jerry and Karen remain handson, busy with each day’s farm activities. “We’ve done this through prayer and patience. Some of it was absolute dumb luck,” Karen says. “What we’ve learned is that if God gives you an idea, if you have this epiphany moment with a great idea that just sticks with you, you have to work to make it happen. Good things don’t just happen on their own. You put a foot forward, then another foot, and another one, and you keep moving,” she says. “There’s really no special genius involved in it, although Jerry has a gift for knocking on doors and meeting people and finding out things that are important. It’s his personality. It’s his special gift, and it works for us.” Opportunities. Ask Jerry about it and he says he just wants to keep the business moving forward. “Now there’s so much opportunity in the trends out there for people who can see it. Opportunities are everywhere. We just want to get better organized so we can take full advantage of them. We want this business to be good for us and for this community. We want to make smart moves,” he says. v Story and photos reprinted with the permission of John Deere’s The Furrow.

Karen Dakin leads the farm’s agritourism effort. Though she qualifies as a dairy farm expert, she grew up in a Washington,D.C. suburb, where her father was a medical doctor. “I always loved animals,” she says. “We’ve been in agritourism and bottling milk for five years now. We’re providing jobs and keeping money in this community. We’re part of this community. We go to


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