Montana Cattle Ranch For Sale – 500 Cow Ranch

Montana Cattle Ranch For Sale – 500 Cow Ranch

The Pearce Ranch is located in Powder River County and borders the Powder River.  It is a productive cattle ranch currently stocked at only 300 head with the capability of running 500 head of cows.  The ranch consists of a combination of flood irrigated hay meadows and crop lands, lying along the west boundary of the Powder River; as well as a large block of mostly deeded rangeland and a excellent set of improvements.   There is an excellent pipeline system and stock tanks. There are also several reservoirs to provide additional water.

Ranch Acreage is approximately 12,140 +/- acres. Deeded acres are 10,880 +/-, State Lease 640 acres, 145 aum’s, and BLM 620 acres, 193 aum’s.

Deeded acres consist of 8,426 acres of Native Grass, 374 acres of irrigated hay, 209 acres of idle irrigated hay, 1,845 acres of improved pasture/dryland hay and 26 acres of CRP.

Improvements include the main residence, a 1995 double wide mobile home 28×76 with wood deck and addition, 1248 sq. ft. ranch house built in 1966, 3 bedroom 1.5 baths, 24 x 32 shop, 36 x 80 Shed with dirt floor, 40 x 80 pole barn, 70 x 80 shed, 40 x 60 shed, 3 grain bins and miscellaneous storage buildings.

Irrigation water is pumped out of the Powder River with two diesel engines and Crissifulli pumps. The irrigated fields have been heavy leveled. Water is distributed by opening headgates or gated pipe. There are additional acres that could be irrigated on the river bottoms. Some of those fields have existing irrigation ditches to them.

A total of 71 water right claims have been filed with DNRC. They include 1 domestic, 33 irrigation and 37 stock water rights. Irrigation rights include water from the Powder River and spreader rights from the various creeks.

There are over 3 miles of Powder River and cottonwood trees along the east side of the ranch. Both mule deer and whitetail deer are abundant in the river bottoms. Ducks, geese and turkeys are constantly observed between the river and hay fields. The upland native pastures are home to the mule deer, antelope and upland game birds.

With the outstanding improvements, irrigated bottoms, and well watered native pastures, the ranch allows for normal operations even in the driest years. The Powder River Cottonwood bottoms are any ranchers dream with great winter protection and crop production. The wildlife population will amaze any newcomers but are a common site to the owner. The ranch has great potential for increasing crop production on the river bottom lands.

Contact JT Korkow at 406/554-3123 or email him at


  1. My family is searching for a cattle ranch to work and live on. I saw this one that says it is in Montana and can run 500 head. Where in Montana is it and how much is the asking price. Does equipment come with it and cows?

    • Nicole,
      I believe you would have been looking at the Pearce Ranch. It is located near Broadus, MT which is in the southeastern corner of Montana. It is approximately 90 miles from Gillette, WY and 90 miles from Belle Fourche, SD. It is not being offered as a turnkey operation (with equipment and cows), but the cows could be purchased to go with the ranch. I think the owner will want to keep his equipment however as he will be locating to a new ranch.

  2. Daniel cofer

    Would like more info on the ranch

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