Heart Mountain Hay & Cattle
With unrestricted views of Heart Mountain and the Beartooth Range, highly productive irrigation and stock water, and a quality set of working improvements, the Heart Mountain Hay and Cattle has everything a discerning farmer or rancher needs. Containing of 900 +/- acres in total, this well maintained ranch consists of +/- 260 acres of deeded land and 640 acres of Wyoming State Lease Land. Irrigation water is supplied to 300 +/- acres is supplied by the Heart Mountain Irrigation District and two wells provide water for stock and domestic use. All together the ranch has four late model pivots covering 250 acres of highly productive soil. The deeded fields are all new stands planted within the past 2 years in grass/alfalfa pasture mix. The entire operation is fenced for rotational cattle grazing with stock watering systems for a year round operation. Hay from this area of Wyoming is sought out across the US and production from the fields when not grazed is 4.5 tons/acre and could be pushed to over 5 tons/acre.
Set up for cattle and hay operations the ranch has a large 70x110’ shop for hay and equipment storage and maintenance. A nice set of pipe constructed paddocks make cattle working, sorting, and shipping facilities convenient. The ranch home was built in 2007 and has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a living room, kitchen and dining room, as well as a family room and attached 2 car garage. It also has a concrete patio with views of the Mountains and across the ranch. Concrete siding adds to the appeal and low maintenance. All appliances are stainless steel and the house is heated by an instant hot water boiler and radiator system. An extensive shelter belt with evergreen and berry bushes surround the property providing excellent bird habitat.
The owner has run the ranch with combinations of stocker, cow-calf, and hay operations. Currently the owner is running 100 pair plus bulls year around while putting up over 800 ton of high-protein, high-energy hay on two cuttings from the 178 +/-acres of deeded pivot irrigation. The seller feeds hay 2.5-3.5 months, calves in the late spring, and is typically able to sale over 650 ton of excess hay. The ranch grass is lush and green under pivot and provides excellent daily gains for stocker and the current owners have considered grass finishing because of the high protein and BRICs scores on the feed. The fields are all fenced with smooth 3 wire electric fence, and water has been designed to allow for management intensive grazing of the herd. Indoor (barn) and outdoor hay storage (fenced storage yard) allow for easy storage and access to feed during winter. The dry state lease ground provides an excellent spring pasture to keep cattle off of the early season green up of irrigated fields and has been cross fenced into 3 pastures (about 175 acres each) to allow for seasonal rotation and rest of the native grasses.
Located on the north side of Heart Mountain between Cody and Powell Wyoming, the ranch sits at the end of the road across a private bridge, but still only 20 minutes to Powell. It sits at 5200 feet of elevation and has 360 degree views of Heart Mountain, the Beartooth range, and the Pryor and Bighorn Mountains. The ranch is bordered on 3 sides by state or federal land and provides access to some of the best hunting areas in the region. Cody Wyoming with its many cultural and dining attractions (and airport) is only 35 minutes, and Billings MT with over 100,000 people is just 1.5 hours.
The ranch is home to various species of wildlife, including deer, elk, and antelope. On many years the owners may qualify to purchase 2 landowner permits (without draw) for one of the most sought after elk tags in the state in area 54 and possibly Antelope in area 80. Antelope is in area 8 Deer season is general license, but hunters have difficulty accessing the area because of the private property offered for sale. The current owners allow 3-5 bucks to be taken a year via access across the ranch, each averaging 5 points. The ranch was originally designed as a bird hunting preserver and the pivots were planted with rings of bird habitat trees and shrubs. Current birds include pheasant, Hungarian partridge, and chucker. The ranch borders thousands of acres of BOR, BLM, and State of Wyoming ground with continuous public access all the way to the Shoshone National Forest. The ranch provides the perfect headquarters the those looking to experience the epic, undiscovered outdoors of Northwest Wyoming including the Big Horn Mountains and Canyon, McCullough Peaks Wilderness, the Beartooth range, and of course Yellowstone National Park. Within 1.5 hours you can be riding a snowmobile or cross-country skiing in the Bighorns or Cooke City, MT, fishing in blue-ribbon rivers such as the Greybull or Bighorn Lake, or sitting at Yellowstone lodge all from this central, private location.
- Four Pivots covering 250+- acres
- Total irrigated is 300+- acres
- 7700 square foot shop
- 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath manufactured home with 2 car garage
- Well devised steel paddocks for working cattle
- Extensive shelter belt specifically installed for bird habitat
- Surrounded by BLM and BLR public land
- Incredible Views
- Owner rated at 100-150 cow/calf pairs year around
Hard to find a 100-150 cow calf ranch on the market today, especially at this price point. The fields have excellent stands of alfalfa, brome, and orchard grass that are only on their second year under 4 late model pivots. Dependable water and a solid contiguous block of deeded and State lease compliment the working set of improvements. Located at the end of the road with great hunting, views, and a shelter belt and in the Powell/Cody area with great schools and communities.