The Niobrara River Grass Ranch consists of 4,080 acres and combines the ranching elements of grassland pasture and irrigated cropland with the recreation amenities of 2 miles of the Niobrara River bisecting the property. The grasslands comprise the majority of the acreage with approximately 3,240 acres in four primary pastures. The irrigated unit consists of nearly 160 acres with 120 acres under a pivot sprinkler system. The river parcels consist of two tracts consisting of 680 acres, more or less.
Broker(s): John Stratman
LOCATION & AREA
This Niobrara River Grass Ranch is located in northwest Cherry County, NE along the Niobrara River and between Gordon and Merriman. The ranch is accessed by a county road that travels south from Highway 20.
The area is predominantly comprised of medium and large sized ranches with some farming evident in the area. The lands are in a transitional area where the Plains with more loamy soils meet the Sand Hills. The Sand Hills are well known as some of the best grazing lands in North America.
Gordon is the main trade area offering most major services. Larger towns offering commercial air service and specialized medical services are located at Valentine, Alliance and Scotts Bluff.
The property is comprised of 4,080 acres of deeded lands. The grassland is excellent Sand Hills grassland that is flat to undulating. The water quality and quantity is excellent and from windmills and access to the Niobrara River.
The Niobrara River bisects the ranch for approximately two miles offering excellent wildlife habitat. The scenic aspect and habitat diversity are inspiring for this part of the world.
The ranch has one pivot irrigation system comprising 120 +/- acres. The pivot is a Zimmatic 7 tower system with 100 HP motor. The well is about 340 feet in depth with static water at about 60 feet. The pivot is nozzled for 700 gallons per minute.
The ranch has been historically leased to an adjoining neighbor. The annual lease is in place until April 30, 2012 and could be renewed. Please contact the listing broker for more information about the operations.
This Niobrara River offers a multitude of recreation opportunities from hunting and wildlife viewing of deer (Whitetail and Mule Deer), antelope, coyotes, raccoons, badgers, raptors and others to canoeing on the river and enjoying the diverse landscape. The river at this point in the system offers water that is clear, cool and 6 to 18 inches deep. The habitat diversity of trees, brush, bottomland grass make for a great home for a multitude of wildlife.
This Niobrara River Grass Ranch is great combination of productive agricultural lands and recreation lands in one parcel. The opportunity to have this sized stretch of both sides of the Niobrara River is limited. The agriculture lease with a quality tenant operator provides a nice return on investment while allowing friends and family an opportunity to enjoy and explore the river corridor. This property offers quality throughout and the live water with habitat diversity makes this a unique offering.