Pearce Ranch

Productive cattle ranch, irrigated meadows, see below.

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Ranches For Sale in Montana – The Pearce Ranch is located approximately 12 miles north of Broadus Montana in Powder River County, Broadus Montana.  As far as real estate in Montana, this ranch offers tremendous potential for added production and increase in value!  Most of this ranch is deeded land lying along the Powder River for over 3 miles. This is a very productive Montana ranch for sale that can easily produce better than 4% return on the investment.

The ranch consists of a combination of lazer leveled flood irrigated hay meadows, 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. The ranch is currently stocked with 400 head of cows with a safe carrying capacity of 500 head mother cows plus replacement heifers year round. Flowing artesian water wells and a pipeline system distribute water to the further reaches of the ranch.  There are reservoirs added for livestock and seasonal irrigation use. Feed lots, Pipe corrals, portable alleys, tub, and working chute are located at the ranch headquarters, along with a nice calving shed. Other improvements include machinery storage shed, insulated shop, airplane hanger and home.  A second set of pipe shipping corrals are located on the north end of the ranch. Added income is derived from hunting, farm program payments, pasture lease, and sale of hay.  The previous owner of this ranch wintered 1000 head of cows and 1000 head of calves on this ranch.

Acreage breakdown of the ranch is: approximately 12,140 +/- total 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. Much more of the land is irrigatable, but current owner has not needed any more feed.

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 which are included in the sale of the ranch unless otherwise negotiated. The irrigated fields near the headquarters have been lazer leveled. Water is distributed by opening headgates or gated pipe. There are additional acres that could be irrigated on the river bottoms with 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 along with ducks, geese and turkeys. The upland native pastures are home to the mule deer, antelope and upland game birds.

With the 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 offering great winter protection for livestock. 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.

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Listed by Mills Auction and Real Estate