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Weekly Ranch Updates – 2/28/15

March 2nd, 2015

NEW LISTING – Pronghorn Ranch

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Westcliffe, CO – Pronghorn Ranch is a unique opportunity to own a luxurious recreational estate with a Tuscan-styled home in a beautiful rural mountain setting on 40 private acres. Nestled in the scenic Wet Mountain Valley just over three miles from the quaint mountain community of Westcliffe, Colorado, this modern estate is designed for those seeking perfection. With approximately 4,000 sq.ft. of artful design and elegant features, the modern home has custom and top-of-the-line finishes throughout and is situated to take advantage of unobstructed views of massive 14,000′ peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The property is near the two-million-acre San Isabel National Forest providing unlimited recreational opportunities nearby. Pronghorn Ranch is convenient to the Silver West jet-accessible airport and under a two-hour drive to Colorado Springs and its big city amenities. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,195,000

Contact Duane Daskam or Ron Morris


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Clear Creek Retreat – Buffalo, WY:  Four miles west of the charming town of Buffalo with a mile of Clear Creek meandering through the property, the 68-acre retreat is at the end of a private road and bordered by a large ranch. Improvements include a 4,500 sq.ft. main house with a guest apartment and a separate 1,550 sq.ft. home nearby. The main house reflects the mid-century modern design esthetic with its free-flowing linear simplicity, natural beauty, spaces zoned for separate public and private functions, and indoor-outdoor living. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com.  $1,595,000.  Contact Matt Johnston or Ron Morris


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Brinker Creek Ranch – Yampa, CO:  Located at the base of the Flattops Range in the Steamboat/Vail corridor, the 1,451-acre ranch is ideally suited for high country grazing and native grass hay production. Traditionally worked as a cattle operation, the ranch has both dryland and irrigated hay meadows interspersed among several draws and small plateaus that provide excellent forage for cattle and wildlife. Tucked into the Brinker Creek drainage are a 2,300 sq.ft. ranch manager’s home, equipment/hay storage building, barn, corrals and outbuildings. A new 1,000 sq.ft. log cabin overlooks the ranch with long views down the Yampa Valley. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $2,400,000. Contact Christy Belton or Ron Morris

Bureau of Land Management Raises Grazing Fees

February 25th, 2015

In an article published online last week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced an increase of grazing fees on public lands by the maximum amount of 25%. Effective March 1, 2015, fees will increase from the minimum fee of $1.35 per AUM in 2014 to $1.69 per AUM. (AUM is the amount of forage needed to sustain one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.)

The BLM administers about 245 million acres of public lands in twelve states and manages livestock grazing on 155 million acres of those lands. Nearly 18,000 permits and leases are issued to ranchers who graze livestock – primarily cattle and sheep – at least part of the year on more than 21,000 allotments. BLM permits and leases are for ten years and are renewable if the conditions of the expiring lease are being met. In addition, the US Forest Service (USFS) issues 8,000 permits on 193 million acres in 44 states.

Historically, grazing management was designed to increase productivity and reduce soil erosion by balancing forage demands with the land’s carrying capacity. In 1934, congress passed the Taylor Grazing Act to prevent overgrazing of land and unintended damage to soil, plants, and water. The act led to the creation of regulated and apportioned grazing districts.

But by the 1960s and 1970s, the public’s expectations of public land management brought about new policies including the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. As a result, the BLM’s role increased from management of grazing districts to management and protection of riparian areas, threatened and endangered animal and plant species, and cultural/historical concerns. This resulted in modified terms and conditions for grazing permits and leases along with improvement projects for public rangelands.

Currently, the BLM’s objective is to create environmental benefits as well as maintain the long-term health and productivity of public lands. In administering public land, the BLM provides livestock-based socio/economic opportunities in rural communities. Together, public lands and private ranches contribute to open spaces, provide wildlife habitat, offer recreational opportunities and preserve the character of the rural West.

The Federal grazing fee applies to public lands managed by the BLM and USFS in 16 western states. Adjusted annually, the fee uses a formula originally established by Congress in the Public Rangelands Improvement Act of 1978. Under this formula, the grazing fee cannot fall below $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) and any fee increase or decrease cannot exceed 25% of the previous year’s level. The 2014 fee was $1.35 per AUM. The grazing fee for 2015 is $1.69 per AUM.

The federal grazing fee is market-driven; it increases, decreases or stays the same based on market conditions. The fee is computed on a base value of $1.23 per AUM and then adjusted annually according to three factors: current private grazing land lease rates, beef cattle prices, and the cost of livestock production.

*In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM spent $79.2 million on its rangeland management program and approximately $10 million on its Range Improvement Program, for a grand total of $89.2 million. Of that figure, the agency spent $32.8 million on grazing permit administration. The other $56.4 million covered such activities as weed management, rangeland monitoring (not related to grazing administration), planning, water development, vegetation restoration, and habitat improvement. In 2014, the BLM collected $12,117,000 in grazing fees (see section on grazing fee below). The receipts from these annual fees, in accordance with legislative requirements, are shared with state and local governments.

* From DOJ: BLM Livestock Grazing

Weekly Ranch Updates – 2/19/15

February 19th, 2015


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Westcliffe, CO – 12,505-acres (11,380 deeded and 1,125 state lease) rimmed by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and located 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs. The ranch features 18 CFS senior water rights, seasonal streams, artesian wells and stock wells. Historically running 500-550 cow/calf pair, the ranch has recently been used as a hay/grazing ranch putting up 1,200 tons of premium native grass hay and running 1,000 yearling cattle. Valuable water and mineral rights and ideal conservation easement candidate. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $8,500,000

Contact Ron Morris


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Nags Head West Ranch – Westcliffe, CO:  This western lifestyle equestrian ranch is located on 385 pristine mountain acres just 20 minutes north of the town of Westcliffe in the Wet Mountain Valley. Situated between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Wet Mountains, the ranch offers over five miles of groomed equestrian trails, a 3,942 sq.ft. ranch-style custom cedar log home, a 110-year-old authentic miner’s cabin, indoor arena and horse facilities for up to seven horses. The ranch is near the two-million-acre San Isabel National Forest and surrounded by BLM lands, providing unlimited recreational opportunities both on and off the ranch. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com.  $1,750,000.  Contact Ron Morris


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Cripple Creek Ranch – Cripple Creek, CO:  152 prime mountain acres with luxury improvements near one of Colorado’s top recreational destinations and only 40 miles west of Colorado Springs. a sprawling custom log home totals nearly 5,000 sq.ft. and has 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. A second home is used as a rental and a recorded campground with 24 existing sites provides extra income. The land is extremely scenic with timbered mountain hills and open meadows and borders Pike National Forest. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,570,000  NOW $1,450,000. Contact Duane Daskam

Weekly Ranch Updates – 2/5/15

February 5th, 2015


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Westcliffe, CO – Westcliffe Valley Ranch is a quality horse and cattle property in the scenic Wet Mountain Valley, just 3.5 miles outside of the charming mountain town of Westcliffe, Colorado. The 160-acre ranch has a nice 2,784 sq.ft., 5-bedroom, 2.5-bath home built in 1998 with a 2-car attached garage. A perfect set up for horses or a small herd of cattle, the ranch has a 36′ x 50′ horse barn with 3 stalls, a tack room and lots of hay storage plus a 40′ x 60′ Quonset barn and 12′ x 32′ loafing shed in the livestock corrals. The land is productive and divided into four pastures with a center windmill watering site. Forty acres are hayable on most years. This 160-acre ranch is complemented by an additional 172 acres of prime mountain grazing and hunting pasture just twelve miles away and available for an additional $195,000. Both properties are enrolled in a conservation easement program. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $899,000

Contact Duane Daskam or Ron Morris


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Murphy Larsen Ranch – Clark, CO:  1,500 acres of spectacular alpine scenery, Murphy Larsen Ranch is nestled in the quaint community of Clark and shares a border with the Routt National Forest. The eleven 50-acre home sites each have direct views of the Zirkel Range and share a state-of-the-art central water system, a rustic cabin located near the forest boundary and a new meeting and recreation facility. Property owners can join in the activities and use the amenities at The Home Ranch, a renowned Relais & Chateaux guest ranch. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. Priced from $900,000. Contact Christy Belton


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Stillwater Ranch – Redding, CA:  This tranquil 507-acre exclusive retreat is seven minutes from Redding and near fishing, water and snow skiing, hiking, and hunting. The topography, riparian corridor, and trail system on the property offer opportunities that range from an executive compound to a large lot gated equestrian community, or as a development site for a subdivision with common amenities and views of Mt. Lassen. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $3,000,000.   Contact Billy Long


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Sunshine Cattle Company – Redding, CA:  A rare 375-acre development opportunity bordering the city limits of Redding, this ranch features end-of-the-road privacy with old growth trees, a private reservoir and seasonal stream. Located near the Sacramento River and gold medal fishing, recreational opportunities abound. The ranch supports 30-35 cattle year around and has 30 acres of irrigated pasture from the private Reese Reservoir. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $2,200,000  NOW $1,980,000.   Contact Billy Long


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Vista Verde Guest Ranch – Steamboat Springs, CO:  Recently featured online as a “Fabulous Ranch Retreat” by Cowgirl Magazine, the 587-acre guest ranch borders national forest and includes over 90,000 sq.ft. of upscale improvements offering adventure, outstanding cuisine and indulgence to guests from around the world. The guest ranch is located 30 minutes north of Steamboat Springs and is convenient to the regional airport. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. Offered turnkey with talented staff in place at $19,900,000.  Contact Christy Belton

Wyoming’s Aging Ranching Landscape

February 2nd, 2015

People are looking to the future to determine the fate of farming and ranching in the state of Wyoming and other agriculture-heavy states. A study completed by the Society for Range Management (SRM) and published in the December issue of their journal, Rangelands, addresses the issue of the aging ranching and farming communities. The study compiles about 90 years of census data and found it has become increasingly harder for the ranching and farming community to pass down the land and responsibility. Agriculture only consists of 2% of today’s workforce, when it once employed almost half of the nation’s working population.

In Wyoming specifically, the Rangelands report evaluated the current status of the state’s farmers and more than half are over 55 years old. There has been a drop throughout Wyoming in people aged 34-54 operating farms and ranches, as well.

The report draws some conclusions based on their results and the numbers do not get better. There will be no farmers younger than 35 by 2033 and most of the farmers will be 60 by 2050. The loss of interest in farming is attributed to the alluring coal and oil industries. Farmers and ranchers are having a hard time instilling interest and passion in their children and grandchildren.

The state of Wyoming and other agriculture-rich states are looking for ways to turn heads away from the big oil companies and get the youngsters into farming. They are proposing internship and school programs to ensure the distillation of information from old to young. There is thought of conservation easements and other monetary persuasions to prevent farmers from losing their land. Ultimately, it is essential for the state of Wyoming and other similar states to change the demographic trends in farming and ranching operations in order to continue the tradition.

Weekly Ranch Updates – 1/29/15

January 29th, 2015


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Montague, CA – Located in the presence of 14,000 foot Mt. Shasta in northern California’s Shasta Valley, Steven Seagal’s 5,329-acre Lava Lakes Nature Preserve is a hidden and private paradise. Its seven beautiful lakes are home to numerous species of waterfowl, deer, bass and upland birds that thrive year-round in the safety and privacy of the ranch. The acreage is a beautiful mix of lush irrigated meadows, wild wooded uplands and spectacular rock formations. The massive 14,063 sq.ft. Tennessee white pine square log residence overlooks Barton Lake and has imposing views of Mt. Shasta. The impressive gated estate contains 9 bedrooms and 10 baths, an extensive water system and a backup generator for off-the-grid dependability. There is an additional 4,200 sq. ft. 3-bedroom, 3-bath home nearby with 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest house, barns and corrals. Lava Lakes Ranch is currently operating as a nature preserve and working cattle ranch that supports 200+ pairs year-round. The nearby town of Mt. Shasta offers excellent cuisine, art galleries, golf and the hospitality of one of the nicest resort towns in the west. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $12,000,000

Contact Billy Long


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Little Trout Ranch – Oak Creek, CO:  Located 20 miles south of Steamboat Springs, the 3,397-acre prime hunting ranch consists of grazing and recreational land with varied topography, meadows, 100-mile vistas and plenty of cover for wildlife. Over 40 bull elk were spotted on the property during the 2013 muzzleloader season. At $1,750/acre, it is one of the best priced ranches in the area. Can be combined with adjoining property for over 6,000 contiguous acres. $5,950,000. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $5,950,000.   Contact Christy Belton


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Trout Creek Ranch – Oak Creek, CO:  323-acres located seventeen miles southwest of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, along the banks of Trout Creek. The ranch straddles the creek, encompassing most of the wide valley, and is characterized by open, grassy meadows with aspen covered hillsides and willows that line the creek. Traditionally used for recreation and sheep grazing, the ranch also borders several hundred acres of BLM land. Adjacent property recently sold for $7K/acre. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,499,000.   Contact Christy Belton


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2R Cow Camp – Steamboat Springs, CO:  23-acre private retreat bordering the Routt/Medicine Bow National Forest offering comfortable style in a pristine setting. Includes a romantic carriage house, guest cabin, gazebo, barn. The property is perimeter fenced and has direct access to fishing, hiking, riding and snowmobiling from the property. You own the ranch headquarters, the adjacent National Forest comes along for free! For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,490,000.   Contact Christy Belton, Ron Morris or Carl Luppens

Announcing Two Ranch Sales

January 19th, 2015

We’re pleased to announce the
sale of two ranches:

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Soaring Eagle Ranch – Virginia Dale, Colorado:  Uniquely positioned in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just south of the Wyoming border in northern Colorado, the 2,047-acre Soaring Eagle Ranch offers the utmost in privacy and seclusion with masterpiece improvements in a beautiful mountain setting. At an elevation of 7,200 feet, the ranch features park-like meadows amid vast expanses of pine trees and rock formations. Currently operating as an agricultural ranch and recreational retreat, the ranch has a host of wildlife along with livestock grazing, year-around paved road access via US Hwy 287 and is convenient to the Colorado Front Range. Soaring Eagle Ranch is a rare opportunity to own a legacy ranch in a marvelous western setting with end-of-the-road privacy and custom-designed, practical improvements. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com.
Listed at $18,300,000

Contact Ron Morris

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Deer Creek Ranch – Saratoga, Wyoming:  Located in one of Wyoming’s premier mountain valley communities, Deer Creek Ranch consists of approximately 1,348 deeded acres and is situated at the foot of Pennock Mountain with two miles of Deer Creek meandering through it. The ranch has end-of-the-road privacy, incredible views of the mountain range and is rich in wildlife including elk, deer and antelope. The property is surrounded on three sides by Wildlife Habitat Management Area and borders BLM land on the east which leads into thousands of acres of the Medicine Bow National Forest. The ranch has 6.54 cfs of water rights which date back to 1897 and currently irrigates 205 acres in native grass hay. Improvements consist of a two-story log home, remodeled in 1996, with two separate and very charming, fully furnished log cabins, a traditional loft-style horse barn with tack room, hay barn, workshop and tractor shed – all in excellent condition and surrounded by mature trees. Just eight miles to the front gate of the members only Old Baldy Club, this private, well-kept ranch offers everything in a great location. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com.
Listed at $2,500,000

Contact Ron Morris


Weekly Ranch / Property Updates

January 15th, 2015

PRICE REDUCTION – Sunshine Cattle Company

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The 375-acre Sunshine Cattle Company offers a rare development opportunity bordering the city limits of Redding, California. A short 10-mintute drive from downtown Redding and surrounded by some of Redding’s finest homes, this ranch features end-of-the-road privacy with old growth trees, a private reservoir and seasonal stream. Located near the Sacramento River and gold medal fishing, recreational opportunities abound. The ranch supports 30-35 cattle year around and boasts 30 acres of irrigated pasture from the private Reese Reservoir. The ranch is the protected home to quail, turkey and deer. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $2,200,000  NOW $1,980,000

Contact Billy Long


ranches for saleElk Meadows Estate – Divide, CO:  Located about 30 miles west of Colorado Springs near Divide, this 70-acre estate is composed of two 35-acre adjoining tracts of land. The property is located within the gated community of Elk Valley Estates, and views of Pikes Peak are spectacular. Improvements include an 8,791 sq.ft. custom built home, 4-stall horse barn, a pond and the remains of a cabin built in the 1800s. The gated community consists of 1,128 acres – all within a Wildlife Conservation Easement. The community adjoins Pikes Peak National Forest and there are recreational trails from the community into the forest. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. Listed at $1,600,000.   Contact Happy Broussard


ranches for saleHalf Moon Bar Lodge – Agness, OR:  Half Moon Bar Lodge offers an enchanting escape into tranquility and the magnificence of Oregon’s wild and scenic Rogue River Wilderness. This beautiful river lodge is discretely nestled among some of the most breathtaking country in the world and has hundreds of feet of Rogue River frontage. Eighty beautiful acres with vacation cabins and individual cozy rooms are surrounded by thousands of acres of remote wilderness. The remarkable wild and scenic lower Rogue River boasts some of the most exciting salmon and steelhead fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Access to the property is by jet boat or private air strip. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $2,400,000.   Contact Billy Long

State of Wyoming vs. BLM

January 13th, 2015

In August of this year, the state of Wyoming will likely go to court against the US Department of the Interior (DOI). According to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) data, the wild horse population on public lands in the state of Wyoming exceeds the carrying capacity by 475 horses. As part of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, the DOI is required to manage the population across the western United States.  The department rounds up the excess animals and sets them up for adoption. The department and the BLM have not done anything with the extra 475 wild horses. The state of Wyoming gave the federal government 60 days to either act or at least respond to their request of managing the wild horse population, which they did neither of.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead said too many wild horses can harm habitat used by other wildlife species, including sage grouse, deer and elk. He says overgrazing by horses can even threaten the horses themselves. “It is my belief, and the belief of other western governors, that the BLM does not have the resources to manage wild horses effectively,” Governer Mead said. “By filing suit, it sends a message that wild horse management is a priority and the BLM must be provided the funding necessary to manage them.”

While the state of Wyoming wants to the see the population of horses and burros put under control, there are other organizations saying they want the BLM to stop their management practices. The American Wild Horse Preservation and many other activists are angered by the BLM’s roundup that occurred in September of 2014 in the Salt Wells Herd Management Area. According to the BLM website, they removed 685 horses from the area, saying it was what the ranchers wanted. This information contradicts the state of Wyoming’s claim that the BLM did not do its job under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act; however, the BLM removed 115 more horses than the number they said constituted overpopulation. This issue will be of concern to Wyoming residents and land owners over the next several years.

Overpopulation of the wild horses means more horses roaming the state, leading to a higher chance of those horses finding their way to privately owned lands. Home and land owners could see horses on their land more than in previous years. Landowners are allowed to call the BLM when wild horses venture onto their property to have them removed. However, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act states that a landowner may let horses stay on their property, but must provide an accurate number to the BLM of the number of horses on their property. In the next couple years, it could be essential for landowners to let wild horses live on their lands in order to spread out the population and reduce the numbers of horses on public lands.

Happy New Year / Weekly Ranch Updates

December 30th, 2014

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The team at Ranch Marketing Associates wishes you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year.  We appreciate your ongoing friendship, partnership and business and we look forward to working with all of you in the years to come!


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Currant Creek Valley Ranch – Canon City, CO:  This scenic recreation and hunting property is ideally located 19 miles northwest of Canon City, Colorado, in a beautiful rural valley setting. Currant Creek Valley Ranch consists of 191+/- deeded acres plus an adjoining BLM allotment of approximately 1,000 acres and an additional private grazing lease. The ranch boasts some of the best deer hunting in the county and has a seasonal stream running through the property providing irrigation water, stock water and excellent habitat for wildlife. Improvements consist of a nice brick ranch home, livestock corrals and barns. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $899,000.
Contact Duane Daskam


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Aspen Meadows Ranch – Kremmling, CO:  Aspen Meadows Ranch is part of the 19,000-acre Grand River Ranch shared ranch community which offers an assortment of amenities including equestrian center, two fishing camps, sporting clays range and guest lodge. Improvements consist of a 3,655 sq.ft. beveled log home with extensive stone work on two levels, 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Nearby, a two-level “old world” styled barn has living space on the upper level and 3 horse stalls, tack room and storage on the lower level. Aspen Meadows Ranch has so much to offer, is in close proximity to several top ski areas and is just 10 miles from Kremmling’s jet accessible private airport. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $7,000,000.
Contact Ron Morris


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Chaney Ranch – New Castle, CO: The 20+ acre Chaney Ranch is every horse lover’s dream. The entire property is surrounded by white panel fencing that shows off four irrigated pastures and improvements which include a completely renovated, historic brick farmhouse with veranda porches on three sides; bright red classic barn with loft, vet clinic, wash rack, stallion stall and pen; new 10-stall metal barn with turnouts; hay barn; outdoor arena and round pen. Also on the property are a guest house and manager’s home with office. The ranch has excellent senior water rights and is conveniently located near world-class amenities and within one hour of the Aspen and Vail airports. For additional information, go to rmabrokers.com. $1,495,000.
Contact Mike Deer