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Wyoming Winter-Calving Operation

Riverton, Wyoming | County: Fremont | 1646 Acres

$5,500,000
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The Wyoming Winter-Calving Operation is a property developed for livestock wintering production which provides the feed base and facilities to winter and care for 3,500 cows and/or calves from December through April. The farm located in Central Wyoming is located 8 miles West of Riverton, Wyoming just off Highway 20/26. The area is well known as a feed production area in Wyoming due to plentiful water supplies, productive lands and mild, open winters. Situated on just over 1,000 acres, the operation involves growing 10,000 Tons of corn silage and 2000 tons of alfalfa hay complete with feeding and calving facilities consisting of living quarters, shops, barns, corrals, lots and feeding paddocks. The operation is a value-added business providing feed and service to livestock producers. The improvements are mostly newer and well designed for the business. The land is well fenced and capable of handling livestock with facilities in place for handling, feeding, watering and calving large groups of cattle.

The Wyoming Winter-Calving Operation offers a solid wintering and calving facility integrated with feed production from irrigated lands making an all-in-one livestock operation for handling 3000 cows or equivalent number of stockers. The improvements are substantial and together with the feed resources, allow the operation to gross in excess of $1.0 Million in annual revenue. Produces the opportunity for excellent return on investment.
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ACREAGE & WATER

The acreage breakdown is as follows:
Irrigated - 600 acres
Dry range - 416 acres
Total Deeded - 1,646 acres

The irrigated lands are primarily pivot irrigated with 5 pivot systems.  The deeded lands are located in two units, the Headquarters (Herman Place) consist of 1,413 acres with three newer Zimmatic pivots and the two Valley Farm consists of 233.7 acres with two Valley pivots with one being a wiper. Two additional pivots on 190 acres are leased to round out annual feed production needs for feeding 3,500 cattle. The alfalfa stands are mostly newer top-quality plantings.

The irrigated lands are serviced by Midvale Irrigation District.  Formed in 1921, Midvale manages a 400 mile-long system of canals and laterals known as the Riverton Unit of the Bureau of Reclamation, delivering irrigation water to over 73,000 acres of irrigable classed lands in Central Fremont County, Wyoming.  The District's water supply is derived from the Wind River and its tributaries, a portion of which is stored annually in Bull Lake and Pilot Butte Reservoirs; facilities also managed by Midvale.   Local farmer/irrigators comprise a five member Board of Commissioners whom provides direction and establishes the policies under which the District is operated in order to fulfill Midvale’s stated objective to: “Provide the maximum amount of available water to the District's constituents at the lowest reasonable cost each year.”

Midvale delivers water to the farm at a head gate from its canal system.  Midvale has ditch riders that ensure proper delivery of water.  The annual cost of the water for 2021 was $11,716.20 or about $20/acre.  Annual real estate taxes are low as well.

OPERATIONS

During the growing season the Wyoming Winter-Calving Operation produces 10,000 Tons of Corn Silage and 2,000 Tons of Alfalfa Hay fed in the winter to 3500 cows and/or calves.  Bred cows can also be calved and prepped for spring delivery to surrounding grass ranches.  The operations are very efficient handling cow groups of 500 – 700 head, with one operator feeding the entire herd and depending on time of season, one to three herdsmen caring for and calving the entire herd.  A large mixer feed truck and loader is used to feed the cows in bunks in large paddocks with 500+ head cow groups.  The alleys, lots and calving facilities are strategically designed to efficiently handle the livestock.  An excellent water system with a deep well ( 1050’), pumping 68 gpm, feeds frost free drinkers in both feeding paddocks and feedlot pens.

IMPROVEMENTS

The farm is substantially developed and improved to accommodate labor, machinery and livestock with homes, several shops, other outbuildings and a feedlot and corrals generally as follows:

• Modular – older 3-bedroom
• Trailer house – older singlewide
• Shop – 50x100 metal shop with concrete floor.
• Machine Shed – 100x100 new metal shop with 14’ main door and 2 other overhead doors
• Quonset 
• Processing/Calving Facility – 48x96, indoor processing with hydraulic squeeze and adjustable alley way, 18 calving jugs, vet room, bathroom.
• Secondary calving barn with 10 jugs, alleyway and turnout pens
• On farm feedlot – concrete feed bunks, automatic waters, 8 pens (200’x200’), 4 pens (200’x240’), frost free automatic waters
• Silage Pit – 80’ x 360’
• Grain Storage
• The property has newer field and boundary fencing as well as underground utilities and backup systems
• A full line of equipment is available separately

SUMMARY

The Wyoming Winter-Calving Operation offers a solid wintering and calving facility integrated with feed production from irrigated lands making an all-in-one livestock operation for handling 3000 cows or equivalent number of stockers. The improvements are substantial and together with the feed resources, allow the operation to gross in excess of $1.0 Million in annual revenue. Quality large scale farming and feeding equipment allows for an efficient cost structure. The offering produces the opportunity for excellent return on investment.