Meriden, Wyoming Working Cattle Ranch with feedlot and mill
Located in southeastern Wyoming, only 42 miles northeast of Cheyenne, this magnificent 24,750+/- acre ranch/feedlot and farming operation is described as tree covered hills and canyons with free flowing springs on the south end providing excellent summer pasture and wildlife habitat. The center of the ranch is gently sloping grass covered pasture and sub-irrigated pasture, which joins sprinkler irrigated cropland, all in one contiguous block just off US Highway 85. Abundant water resources provide ideal water for livestock and more than six miles of Horse Creek flows through the ranch. The property includes 10 homes, bunkhouse, cookhouse, classic old barn, lodge, recreation area with several garages, along with many other accessory buildings. In addition, there is an award winning six thousand head feedlot and mill operation - exceptional in design with superior construction. The ranch runs 1,000 plus cow/calf pair or 3,500 yearling cattle, two and one half hours from Denver. Offering 50% of valuable mineral and wind rights.
Location and Area:
Approximately 42 miles northeast of Cheyenne, bordering the eastern side of US Highway 85 and adjacent to the small post office of Meriden, WY. The Y-6 Ranch is just south of the town of La Grange, in Laramie County, and is convenient to the Colorado Front Range and approximately 90 minutes from Fort Collins and 2 1/2 hours from Denver. The ranch is 40 miles south of Torrington, one of the best livestock markets in the country. Commercial air service is available in Cheyenne with more frequent flights to and from Denver International Airport which is about 2 1/2 hours away. The state's capital, Cheyenne, offers a variety of amenities including plenty of dining, retail/commerce, medical services/hospitals, entertainment and is host to the world's largest annual outdoor rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days, held every July. Wyoming is the least populated state in the nation with a low cost of living and no state income tax.
The Y-6 Ranch consists of approximately 23,110.91 deeded acres and 1,640 acres state leased land. With a variety of terrain unique for southeast Wyoming, the north end of the ranch which borders Goshen County is characterized by rolling hard grass-covered meadows that gently slope toward the south. The feedlot is located off this gently sloping area of the property and is easily accessible by maintained County Roads. Most of the irrigated land is centrally located along Horse Creek which is the lowest point on the ranch at an elevation of 4,700 ft. From this mid point of the ranch, irrigated farmland blends into pasture and gradually ascends south into pine tree covered hills to an elevation of 5,500 ft. Used primarily as summer pasture and providing excellent deer hunting. This upper treed-area consists of approximately 9 sections with several hills including Round Top and the well-known Steamboat Rock. This is ideal summer grass with canyons and groves of ponderosa pine trees and. several springs providing ideal stock and wildlife water.
Wyoming - Laramie County - Meriden
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Non-irrigated grassland: 20,345.91 acres
Homestead and Feedlots: 110 acres
State lease lands: 1,640 acres
Irrigated hay and meadow: 1,241 acres
Ditch water irrigated with sprinkler: 720 acres
Ditch water flood irrigated: 694 acres
Buildings and Improvements:
Headquarters-The Y-6 Ranch main headquarters includes five houses, cookhouse, bunkhouse, hunting lodge, storehouse, billiard room-with three car garage, indoor swimming pool, ranch shop, machinery shed, large classic old barn, calving sheds, cattle shelter sheds and corral system.
Outlying- At the Lower Coad Unit, there’s one house, barn and lean-to shelter, log storage house, two bay shop-garages with feed storage room, chicken house, concrete cellar, bulk cake bin, and an extensive wood and steel corral system. The Upper Coad Unit has one house; Farm #1 includes one house, a large machine shop, machinery storage building, two bay garage-storage shed (seed, chemical, plastic ditch), storage house (spray, chemicals, surge valves) and Farm #2 includes one house, Quonset machine storage shed, storage house, and a two-car garage. Farm #3 has two houses, storage, two bay garage-storage shed (mineral, salt) and a small wooden corral with shelter. Two cellars are built into the hillside and are used for machinery and vehicle storage and irrigation pipe. In addition, the ranch has an outlying large steel corral system used for sorting, vaccinating, calving and artificial insemination.
Feedlots-There are two feedlots located on the Y-6 Ranch. The older feedlot facility was built in 1950 with more pens added in 1962 and current pen space for 900 head. The new feedlot facility was completed in 1998. The old feed mill is used continuously for grain storage. Capacity is 58,750 bushels with 34,000 bushels of this in flat, floor dryer bins. The mill has a back up generator, a 30’ x 60’ metal hay barn, small office and a 10’ x 60’ truck scale. Also included is a 3,000 ton silage bunker with concrete walls and floor and a 40’ x 100’ Quonset storage shed and feed bunks and pads are made of concrete and the pens are constructed of wood.
The new feedlot complex, known as Y 6 Feeders, is the most advanced feeding facility in the area. Capacity is 6,500 head with expansion potential. Bunks and pads are concrete and pens are steel and high tensile electric fence. The feed mill is computer driven with micro-nutrient, liquid protein, wet roll, and extremely accurate batching capabilities. There is also a backup generator that can run the entire facility. The two commodity forage barn has 1 foot thick & 8 foot high concrete stem walls, twin 12 foot forage boxes and conveyers that deliver exact amounts of product to the batcher clam in the feed mill. There are two 32,000 bushel cone bottom grain bins with forced air capabilities next to the mill. Together there is 71,200 bushels of grain storage at the complex.
Livestock Processing Area-The Y 6 Feeders feedlot and livestock complex is the product of exceptional design and superior construction. Pens were built on a south facing slope which aids in drainage and dry down time. Pens and working facilities were designed for ease of cattle handling and labor efficiency.
The processing barn houses a 30’ x 12’ hoof scale, a working tub and alley with ultrasound prep cage, a scale mounted hydraulic chute, tack room, two horse stalls, and an office. Located around the processing barn are hospital pens, sorting alleys and pens, shipping, receiving and bulling pens. All pens are steel tubing welded in place. There are two water systems with separate wells and lines that service the feedlot and pens. The water supply system consists of two submersible pumps, two 35,000 gallon storage tanks, and numerous waters that are either heated or continuous flow with drain fields. The feedlot office is a professional looking 24’ x 60’ modular building with a 12’ x 80’ digital truck scale out front. The entire facility is well lighted. Cattle sorting and cattle movements can be accomplished at night if necessary.
The Y-6 Ranch is located in an area of southeast Wyoming which receives some of the best moisture in the region with average rainfall of 15-17 inches and the property includes some of the best territorial water rights in the state. The ranch has over 150 cfs including nine springs in the hills. Out of the ranch’s 22 pastures, only one pasture doesn’t have live water in it. Therefore, the property is very capable of providing plenty of sources for livestock and wildlife water throughout.
Recreation and Wildlife:
The Y-6 Ranch is home to a variety of wildlife. In 1995, the ranch started “Horse Creek Adventures” - an outfitting and hunting enterprise operated out of the ranch’s own lodge with the focus on mule deer, whitetail deer and antelope. Opportunities exist for developing fishing along Horse Creek and in some of the spring fed drainages. There are numerous raptors, eagles, falcons and wild turkey and, with the variety of terrain and water on the ranch, unlimited four-season, recreation opportunities abound.
Ranch and Farming Operations:
The Y-6 Ranch offers a unique opportunity on an established and productive cattle ranch and feedlot which has been in operation for five generations under its current owner with a historical past. Owner rated at 1,000 cow/calf pairs or 3,500 yearlings subject to the year and moisture conditions. The ranch is self-sustaining with its current farmland and hay operation. The feedlot can be run separately from the ranching operation, used to background calves, finish cattle or whatever an owner may choose. The water rights on the ranch are among the best in the state. Due to the senior appropriation of most of the irrigation water rights used in the farm ground and a large portion of the meadows, there's a continuous high level of production. Located in the Horse Creek drainage, the ranch receives some of the best rainfall in southeastern Wyoming. More than 6 1/2 miles of Horse Creek on the ranch provides irrigation water, livestock water, wildlife water and fishing opportunities. Along with several springs, there's only one pasture that doesn't have flowing water yearly. The new and highly advanced feedlot of 6,500 head is in full compliance with EPA and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The NPDES is up-to-date as is the Nutrient Management plan. All other certifications, licenses and registrations are current.
History and Potential:
The Y-6 Ranch was originally homesteaded in the late 1800's by CB Irwin and his family. When CB mentioned to his wife they needed to come up with a brand for their cattle and that the brand must have a “6” in it, she replied, “Why 6?” - for our 6 family members - hence, the beginning of the Y-6 brand. CB was one of Wyoming’s early colorful characters. An Indian agent, railroad detective, rancher and race horse breeder; he had his own Wild West show and helped start Cheyenne Frontier Days. CB’s friend, Will Rogers, visited the Y-6 Ranch often and CB was an acquaintance of Tom Horn, one of Wyoming’s most famous outlaws, he even sang at Tom Horn’s hanging. CB owned the bucking horse which eventually became the symbol of Wyoming and which today adorns the state’s license plates. The horse’s name, Steamboat, was after one of the many natural landmarks on the ranch, namely Steamboat Rock. Since 1935, five generations of the Petsch family have owned and operated the Y-6 Ranch.
An ideal location, variety of terrain, production capability, resources, scenery, wildlife, history and western way of life makes the rare and unique Y-6 Ranch one of those most sought after ranches.
The Y-6 Ranch is available for $15,950,000, inclusive of all real estate, improvements, water rights, and 50% of the mineral rights. Shown by appointment only to qualified purchasers. Broker cooperation invited.