Cattle Canyon Ranch, Nebraska
Property Types: Vacant Land, Farms, Ranches
Activities & Amenities
Spreading out across the central portion of Nebraska sits over 7,880 +/- acres of farm ground and canyons, pushing up healthy grass, supplying water and food for wildlife, and providing over twelve square miles of cattle ranching opportunity. With an emphasis on rotational grazing, quality infrastructure and convenient location for an efficient cattle ranch, the versatile Cattle Canyon Ranch is a prime example of how modern ranches should be ran.
Along to the Frontier and Hayes County Lines, just 25 miles north of McCook and 24 miles south of North Platte, the Cattle Canyon Ranch is a working cattle operation that currently holds upwards of 700 cows, but can be fully operated for up to1,400 head. But that is only just the beginning of what this property has to offer.
The main body of Cattle Canyon Ranch is contained in 3 tracts consisting of good grass, dryland cultivation and pivot irrigation within 5 miles of each other.
Tract 1 contains 4,984 +/- acres and is composed of 350 acres of level irrigated land, 300 of which are pivot irrigated with 1 diesel powered well, state rated at 1,000 GPM and 2 T&L diesel powered older pivots. There are also 1,054 acres of level dryland in this tract located on upland around the center pasture.
Tract 2 is 1,715 +/- acres with a center pasture containing 1,480 acres of grass and 235 dryland acres located 3 miles east of Tract 1.
Tract 3 is another 656 +/- acre section of good grass 1 mile South.
These three tracts contain 7,355 +/- acres, offering 350 acres of irrigated land and 925 acres of dryland, leaving 5,716 +/- acres of grass.
Tract 4 is a 525 +/- acre tract located 17 miles east of the main ranch priced in the property. It contains 270 acres of good level pivot irrigation with Valley electrics and one 3,000 GPM Well. There are about 230 acres of good level dryland cultivation with balance in grass canyon.
With a conversion of the crop ground, the ranch could run up to 1,400 cows, with a total size of 7,880 +/- acres.
The property will sell with great benefit to the new owners according the the rancher. “We have a tremendous amount of diversity in this region and on this property. It’s good for both cow calf operators or yearlings.” He goes on to explain why this ranch is more rare than most operations that may come to market.
Properties like this don’t exist as much anymore, and opportunities to buy a ranch like this are very rare. What makes this property even more exciting is the versatility, rotational grazing management, multiple opportunities for income generation and excellent terrain for grass that puts pounds on beef.
The land is beautiful in its own way, cut by canyons with wide bottoms, which are drivable and accessible by county roads around the perimeter and through the ranch. Varying terrain makes for majestic sunsets, casting shadows in to the canyons, which are teaming with wildlife. The old west remains at the heart of this ranch. New ways of management have made the ranch more efficient.
The shear size of quality low-input rotational grazing: Over 8,000 acres with an extraordinary biodiversity of the range grass support the operation. Cattle Canyon Ranch offers tremendous variety of native species grasses. From warm season tall grasses to short hard grass species, the multitudes of grass pack the pounds on the cattle. Moving herds from one pasture to another after a clean graze stimulates quick regeneration and offers consistent feed for increased poundage. It’s a modern way to graze cattle that simulates a historic pattern, when Bison once plowed through the Great Plains, devouring grass while on the move, then leaving, allowing for it to generate back.
On the East block of grass the owners have improved 13, 20 and 30 foot bottomless tanks with stock damns and windmills. They have added 7 miles of new cross fence to manage rotational grazing. The West tract has been operated as a grazing unit for 3 years, and they are adding water and infrastructure to sustain the full 1,400 AUM for the future.
Convenience plays a major role in the day-to-day life of the rancher, but also affects the bottom line. With tracts so close together, it’s easy to figure a lower cost of travel and overhead to manage the ranch. Roads intertwined through the tracts, county access to almost all pastures and close proximity to sale barns and feed lots all make managing and moving cattle easier. Three cooperatives compete in this region; making for lowers costs of overhead. Reduction of expenses, time and effort to get cattle to market can yield 10-12% higher net income from cattle sales.
Versatility of the wildlife and terrain are also contributing factors to this rare opportunity. The ranch has mule deer and whitetail, elk, pheasants, quail and turkey. Hunting in the Frenchman Unit of Nebraska requires standard hunting permits and special licenses for drawing for elk or deer permits. Private hunting opportunities are obvious, but leasing of the hunting rights can also increase the revenue stream for the owners.
Ranches of this size, diversity and working potential aren’t seen very often. "This ranch is not a typical Nebraska ranch, nor is it a Sand Hills Ranch,” says Hayden. As a dedicated brokerage towards farm, ranch and recreational real estate, Hayden Outdoors is poised to sell the Cattle Canyon Ranch swiftly.