Sandy Ranch

Sandy Ranch is our absolutely massive, historic and beautiful ranch of the day with 253,100 acres located in Torrey, Utah. It contains historic water rights that include two reservoirs and multiple fresh water springs. The property is a working cattle ranch and contains 991 cows with 772 cows projected for 2012.

Sandy Ranch has multiple developments on the property including eight homes, one shop, one apartment connected to the shop, a machine shop, a scale house for weighing livestock, stables, barns, shelters, mobile homes and sheds used to house generators.

Sandy Ranch is a completely self-sufficient ranch with 550 acres of irrigated fields that are capable of growing 2,000 tons of hay. There are also multiple recreational activities available including elk and deer hunting, hiking, camping, back-packing and horseback riding. Sandy Ranch also contains several bison herds.

Sandy Ranch is truly a work of wonder and natural beauty. It contains fantastic views of flatlands, desert and mountains. It has multiple streams, rivers and reservoirs that are great for fishing and watching the local wildlife. It also butts up against Capitol Reef National Park and the Dixie National Forest. This ranch is perfect for anyone who wants to own their own completely self-sufficient and income producing cattle ranch. It has enough acres and enough houses for multiple generations of the same family.

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Capulin Ranch

Capulin Ranch is the ranch of the day. It is located in South Central, New Mexico and is a true desert ranch. It encompasses 21,595 acres of prime desert and mountain terrain with three houses. The primary house is 4,116 square feet with three bedrooms. The master bedroom contains a private his and hers bath. The main residence also has a garage.

The guest house has one bedroom, one bathroom, a living room, kitchen, private bath house and a garage. The third house is designed for the manager of the property and contains two bedrooms, one bathroom and a fully functional workshop.

Capulin Ranch is a functional cattle ranch. It has the capacity to feed, water and house 350 cattle. It also contains all the equipment and fencing needed to corral cattle, weigh them and ship the herd to market which makes this property great for raising prime beef.

Capulin Ranch also has historical significance. It contains the Butterfield Trail and was the hunting, roaming and living area for the Apache Indians. Upon careful inspection, many artifacts from the American Indians can still be found on the property including arrowheads and other objects. The ranch also contains the Never Fail Gold Mine and many historic pit houses used by the original settlers of the United States.

Capulin Ranch is a great place to own for individuals and families that love history, exploration and cattle ranching. It contains scenic mountain views and historical exploration sites that will intrigue the new owners for years to come.

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Sunlight Ranch

Sunlight Ranch is our amazing ranch of the day. Sunlight Ranch is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado in Garfield County. It is 1,115 acres of pure recreational bliss and natural beauty with income potential, and it’s affordable at $9,866 an acre.

Sunlight Ranch includes seven homes. It has a 4,632 square foot main house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, 3,200 square foot home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms with an attached greenhouse, a three bedroom and 2.5 bathroom guest house and a 1,372 square foot employee duplex that can also be used as a guest house. In addition to the three main homes and duplex, Sunlight Ranch also has three cabins that are perfect for relatives or friends who want to escape the city life for a weekend.

This spectacular ranch is dedicated to rest and relaxation, and it’s apparent with a 1,700 square foot recreation house that includes several billiards tables, a bar that’s perfect for serving drinks to guests and a fully operational theatre. Sunlight Ranch also includes a stable with room to accommodate nine horses, a storage barn for hay, a carriage house, two workshops and a three car garage.

Sunlight Ranch is also perfect for hunting, fishing, hiking, 4-wheeling, horseback riding and simply walking outside and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of unadulterated nature. It’s perfect for families and individuals who want to own their own piece of nature in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The Sunlight Ranch is listed at Mirr Ranch Group.

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Trees Ranch

Trees Ranch is the ranch of the day. It is located in Springdale, Utah in Washington County and contains 2,066 acres of postcard perfect views including sandstone cliffs, rivers, forests, canyons, fields and desert. It even shares nine miles with the Zion National Park. Trees Ranch is truly a wonder of nature.

The property contains four houses, a historic cabin, a bunkhouse, a barn for the orchard and a store that’s perfect for selling produce and juices produced by the orchard. It also includes Anasazi ruins and a pioneer settlement.Trees Ranch provides ample opportunities to view mule deer, horned sheep, falcons, condors, desert tortoises, mountain lions, eagles and wild turkeys. The property is home to 22 fields, cottonwood trees, juniper trees and willow trees, and it contains yukka plants, sagebrush and cactus.The soil is extremely fertile and can provide nutrients to a wide variety of crops including an apples, alfalfa and hay. It also has the ability to support the growing of grapes for a vineyard, and it contains all of its water rights with miles of irrigated fields.

Trees Ranch is truly a place of beauty and wonder. It contains miles of winding roads, electricity, phone lines and water rights as well as historic and prehistoric structures. It is the perfect place to call home for anyone who wants a taste of the frontier life while exploring the historic and prehistoric ruins of the past.The Trees Ranch is listed at Mirr RanchGroup. 

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El Capitan Ranch

El Capitan Ranch is our premiere ranch of the day. It’s located in Ruidosa, New Mexico and encompasses 11,700 acres of prime elk hunting land with beautiful views and scenery. That’s just under 12 miles of property. Within the ranch’s boundaries, there are vast open plains, views of the mountains, high grassy areas, forests, rivers, lakes and streams. It’s perfect for anyone who loves nature and hunting.

The entire ranch is dedicated to hunting and fishing with 1,700 acres of fenced hunting grounds which are solely dedicated to hunting the vast herds of Elk that roam the property. The tall fences were built in the 1950’s and are still maintained to this day. There are also several lakes and ponds on the property that are great for fishing or viewing other wildlife such as birds and deer.El Capitan Ranch has several buildings including a property manager’s house, a hunting lodge and cabin and several other outbuildings. It also butts up against the world renown El Capitan Wilderness. This property is perfect for an owner that not only loves to hunt and fish, but loves to allow other people to hunt and fish while enjoying the vast wonders of nature.
The El Capitan Ranch is listed at Ranch Marketing Associates.

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Granite Peaks Ranch

The spectacular ranch of the day is Granite Peaks Ranch. Granite Peaks Ranch is located in Durango, Colorado. It contains 565 acres of beautiful land with views of the vast mountain peaks. The property includes a main house, guest house, three car garage with a caretakers apartment, a shed, a modern stable, three historic cabins, the original and fully restored stable, a chicken house, the original storage building for ice which has been converted to hang wild game, and all of the mineral and water rights associated with the land.

For the fisherman, Granite Peaks Ranch contains three miles of the Pine River which flows through the ranch and provides ample opportunity to fish for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and brown trout. For the avid hunter and game meat connoisseur, the ranch contains many elk, deer, moose, rabbits, squirrels and other small and large game. For the wildlife watchers, the ranch contains ample opportunities to watch a wide variety of migrating and nesting birds including bald and golden eagles and red tail hawks. There are also coyotes and bears on the property.

Recreational opportunities are also abundant both on and around the property. It boarders the Pine River Hiking trail which provides access to the Weminuche Wilderness. The property itself offers ample opportunities for cross-country skiing, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, camping and nature watching.

Granite Peaks Ranch truly is a one-of-a-kind ranch. It’s a horse and nature-lovers’ dream complete with a massive 5,500 sq. ft. house, two stables, two sheds, three cabins and a three car garage. The Granite Peaks Ranch is listed at Ranch Marketing Associates.

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Sun River Ranch

Sun River Ranch is our fantastic ranch of the day. Sun River Ranch is a sprawling 3,000 plus acre ranch. It is located in Augusta, Montana and contains between three and five miles of the Sun River. It encompasses the area between the Rocky Mountains and the massive prairies of Montana and is aptly named the Rocky Mountain Front. The main ranch is 565 acres. The State of Montana leases a little more than 565 acres for grazing and the Bureau of Land Management leases about 900 acres of the property which makes up the total 3,000 acres.

The entire ranch is absolutely gorgeous with magnificent views of Scapegoat Mountain and Castle Reef. Sun River Ranch contains a five acre pond which is great for fishing, a 7,325 square foot main house, a 4,240 square foot multi-use barn, exercise room and shop, a 2,544 square foot ranch manager’s residence and numerous historic buildings including a tack barn, historic cabin, mining camp and chicken coops.

Everything on the ranch is fully functional and usable. It’s perfect for hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping and hiking. The rustic cabins provide a revenue source as vacationers and individuals looking to relax from their hectic day jobs often rent them for weekends and weeks during the spring, summer and fall. The ranch also contains a helicopter pad and a helicopter hangar for those wishing to enter the ranch by air.

Sun River Ranch is truly a spectacular ranch. It’s perfect for families and individuals looking for a home than encompasses both nature, modern amenities and frontier history. The Sun River Ranch is listed at Hall & Hall.

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Bullis Creek Ranch

The Ranch of the Day is Bullis Creek Ranch in Livingston Montana. Located on the Old Yellowstone Trail in Paradise Valley,  the ranch is within walking distance of Livingston. Set on the hillside of Canyon Mountain looking down the Paradise Valley. The ranch consists of 5,000 acres of range and timber land dominated by massive limestone rock faces. Only 35 miles from Yellowstone National Park. The close proximity to Yellowstone attracts a diverse ecology of animals, deer and elk are often seen on the property.

Over 5,340 acres of the total 6,765 acres are being offered for sale in nine huge tracts of land. The parcels range from 190 acres to 1,794 acres. Buyers can buy one tract or multiple tracts of Bullis Creek Ranch.

Bullis Creek Ranch encompasses a 500 foot rock face and an entire mountain side and top which also provides security against any unwanted visitors as that side of the mountain cannot be easily hiked, climbed or driven upon. The ranch is bordered on the other three sides by privately held ranches which means Bullis Creek Ranch entirely secluded from the rest of the world with absolutely no public access.

All of the parcels are big enough to accommodate houses, roads, garages, barns, stables and other outbuildings as necessary, and some of the parcels already contain buildings and homes. The parcels are all big enough to accommodate horseback riding, the raising of livestock and grain or other crops, hiking, 4-wheeling and hunting.

Bullis Creek Ranch is a complete package. It’s secure against unwanted guests. It provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, and it has stunning mountain views in all directions. It’s perfect for families or individuals who want to own their own piece of perfectly beautiful and functional ranch land.

Bullis Creek Ranch is listed at Hall & Hall.

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Raising Bison vs Raising Cattle

Raising bison is not much different or difficult than raising cattle. Cattle are domestic animals whereas the majestic bison have been a free and wild part of American history for centuries. Back in the 1890s the bison faced extinction while being slaughtered. However, the remaining bison were nurtured and bred to increase in numbers and many have become privately owned through bison ranching.

The bison, just as cattle need a large pasture of grass for grazing, companionship with other bison and an endless water supply. Spacing of grass for feed should be estimated at 1.5 acres per bison, which is basically the same for cattle. These animals are strong herding animals and if not kept together, a lone bison will do anything to get to other bison to satisfy its need for a herd.

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Bison ranching should begin on a small-scale with one bull and 10 to 15 females or cows. Being that they were independent animals because of their history, they generally need less hands-on management than cattle. Bison can be easy to care for although you must remember they are considered semi-domesticated, still have wild tendencies and can be temperamental. The bison is intelligent, curious, very majestic and challenging to handle. Most bison ranchers learn to use low-stress careful techniques when handling these unpredictable animals. Both the male and female have horns.

Corrals and fencing need to be more durable for the bison than that of cattle because of their wild, immeasurable force and great speeds, sustaining speeds between 35 and 40 miles per hour. An adult bison stands approximately six feet tall at the hump and can weigh over a ton but can jump five to six feet high. Seven-foot posts with high tensile wire are recommended for tall, sturdy fences that can be easy to climb by workers when necessary. Fencing for cattle need only be about 39 inches high with a few strands of barbed wire at the top just to discourage their urge to “graze on the other side.”

Mating season for the bison is in August and unlike cattle, the bison need no assistance during birthing. Calves are born without anyone’s assistance and seem to hit the ground growing. Prior to mating, males fight for the females, sometimes causing great injury and even death. Things return back to normal after mating season when the bulls hang together in their own little groups away from the rest of the herd.

Cattle need to be protected from disease and require some veterinary intervention whereas the bison rarely needs medical attention. They do however need a healthy certificate when changing ownership. They are extremely hardy and disease resistant. The bison is self-sufficient and don’t need to be milked or fed grain – requirements of the cattle. Bison and cattle are regulated by the state and federal government and it may vary slightly from state to state.

Bison can prosper in any type of environment and climate from extensive heat and humidity to wind chills of minus 100 degrees. As tough as they are, the bison is very adaptive to its surroundings and are very good at fending for themselves in any type of weather. They do not need shelter from the elements the same as cattle.

Whether getting into bison ranching or cattle ranching, the cost is roughly the same. Joining a bison association can help in getting a rancher started with bison. Not only can they help you get up and running, the networking with fellow bison ranchers can offer a world of information and ideas.

Both bison and cattle ranching have its benefits in managing and maintaining grasslands through the various grazing practices. Ranching sustains and conserves native prairies and plains to thrive with natural vegetation and maintain the ecosystem. Bison and cattle control the environment while also gaining a profit from selling them and/or their meat.

Both cattle and bison ranching profit because of the food source of these animals. Cattle that graze and are grain feed are high in protein for the consumer will lesser fat and better quality. The bison meat appeals to the health industry since it is lower in fat than cattle with less cholesterol and high in nutrients and Omega-3 fatty acids. Because they are strictly grass fed and finished, they produce high-quality healthy meat.

Cattle ranching versus bison ranching are very similar in many ways and are a matter of choice and consideration. Cattle are much more docile and domesticated while the bison need less maintenance but do have unpredictable attitudes. It all depends on your own expectations and needs.

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