Fiddleback Ranch

Cattle Ranch, Grass Ranch and Production Ranch in Douglas, Wyoming

Set along nine miles of the Cheyenne River in the Thunder Basin National Grasslands is the Fiddleback Ranch, an 890 A.U. operating ranch plus bulls and horses. A year-round grass ranch consisting of over 4,267 deeded acres together with state, federal and private leases of over 50,000 acres situated on a variety of terrain from river bottom and rolling grasslands with shelter along the many breaks and bluffs. The ranch has five tributary creeks and has completed a several year water line project that provides large rubber tanks in strategic areas to maximize grass. The ranch has two houses and a cabin, large heated shop and storage building, barn, several additional sheds and two sets of working corrals with two certified scales. Fiddleback Ranch is a superb grass ranch with extensive wildlife including mule and whitetail deer, antelope, elk, wild turkey and a host of other small game.

Location and Area:
Fiddleback Ranch is located in the Thunder Basin National Grasslands about 60 miles northeast of Douglas and 54 miles southwest of Newcastle, Wyoming. The west end of the ranch is located five miles east of Highway 59 at mile marker 49 via forest service road 942. The ranch runs twenty one miles east, is approximately four to six miles wide and is served by maintained gravel roads.

Douglas, with a population of approximately 6,000 residents, offers a variety of modern amenities and conveniences including easy access to one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States – Memorial Hospital of Converse County. Education facilities include elementary, junior high and high schools as well as a two-year college, Eastern Wyoming College.

Known as the Western Gateway to The Black Hills, with a population of 3,200, the small town of Newcastle is northeast of the ranch and is big enough in size to have many of the same amenities as other larger cities yet still maintains its small-town, rural charm and convenience to the ranch. The town has three schools, an aquatic center, an active chamber of commerce and retail association which provide ample support for area businesses as well as necessities such as Weston County Health Services, Newcastle’s local hospital which provides emergency care and basic inpatient hospital services.

Wyoming has some of the most favorable tax and asset protection laws in the nation. With no individual state income tax, business income tax or inheritance tax, assets are insulated in ways so that wealth can grow at a much faster rate than most other states in the country.

Climate:

Because of its elevation, Wyoming has a relatively cool arid climate throughout the state. Average temperatures between June and August range between 45 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer nights are almost invariably cool, even though daytime readings may be quite high on occasion with the southern portion of the state being the warmest, year round. July and August are the warmest months around the ranch with highs between 85 and 90 degrees. Average winter low temperatures near the ranch at the coldest part of the day ranges between 10 and 20 degrees with the high temperatures at the warmest part of the day during the winter months being between 35 and 45 degrees.Property Description:
Fiddleback Ranch consists of approximately 4,267 deeded acres together with 3,500 acres private lease, 6,360 acres state of Wyoming leases and 38,439 acres of the Thunder Basin Grazing Association. The ranch has a variety of terrain with nine miles of the Cheyenne River and eight miles of Antelope Creek. At an average elevation of 4,600 feet, the ranch has mild winters and warm summers providing year around grazing in sixteen pastures. Grasses consist of needle and thread, winter wheat grass, blue grama, green needle, Indian rice grass, blue stem and prairie sand reed. There are other drainages through different parts of the ranch including Horse Creek, Keyton Creek, Wagonhound Creek, Woody Creek and M Creek. Along with the natural water, the ranch has twenty six water wells which range in depth from 150-700 feet with over 35 miles of underground pipeline and 9 underground storage tanks from 12,000 to 64,000 gallons of storage which supply 68 large rubber tire tanks.

Improvements:
The improvements at the Fiddleback Ranch are modest yet practical for a year-round grass ranch. At the main headquarters on the east end, improvements consist of a 2,500 sq. ft. main house with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, mobile home with 3 bedrooms and 1 3/4 baths, 5,400 sq. ft. shop/garage with partial concrete floor-heated, horse barn with tack room, two sheds, complete set of working corrals with loading chute and 80,000 lb. scales. Five miles west, at the historic headquarters, there is a classic set of buildings including a useable 1,088 sq. ft. log cabin, 2,400 sq. ft. barn and set of corrals with a 60,000 lb. scale.

Livestock Operations:
Fiddleback Ranch is considered a low-overhead, year-round cow/calf grass ranch. Calving occurs outside in April and May with grazing all year along with supplemental protein feeding. The ranch maintains stored hay for possible winter blizzard feeding but has historically used very little hay forage. The ranch markets its calves on video, shipping October or November right off the cow weighing 500-540 lbs. Cows are Angus breed based and the ranch maintains 30-40 Angus/Simmental bulls plus a string of saddle horses.

Wildlife Conservation:
The ranch has an assortment of wildlife including mule and whitetail deer, antelope and a resident elk herd. In addition, the ranch has wild turkeys, sage grouse and a host of other birds. Fiddleback Ranch is set up in an agricultural conservation easement which will forever keep it in ranching activity. Contact listing broker for more details.

Price:
Fiddleback Ranch is available inclusive of all real estate, improvements and seller’s cooperation to transfer leased lands. Livestock and equipment are available for purchase through private treaty with Seller.

Financing:
For qualified buyers, there is an assumable loan in the amount of $1,765,000 at a 3.7% annual rate.