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Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle

Bassett, Nebraska | County: Rock | 6360 Acres

$12,694,000
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Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle is a beautiful, historically significant 6,600-acre Ranch located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, one of the country’s most productive cattle regions. It operates in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner and features a registered Black Angus herd that is recognized as the only herd of its size and kind in the United States. The herd is and will be the source for cattle that grow and finish on perennial forage and grass for the health-conscious consumer. The ranch will easily maintain 850 pair, replacement heifers, sale bulls, breeding bulls, registered heifers for sale and sale calves. Selling turnkey: ranch, cattle and equipment with onsite management available. The opportunity exists to purchase the ranch either turnkey or the real estate only. Please contact the agents to discuss the options.

No other ranch like it in the country. Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle is the prototype of a carbon friendly operation that represents the future of beef cattle production.
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Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle is an extraordinarily beautiful, historically significant ranch located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, one of the country’s most productive cattle regions. Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle proudly features a registered Black Angus herd that is recognized as the only herd of its size and kind in the United States. 

The herd is based upon traditional foundation Angus genetics dating from the 1950s through the early 1970s.  The herd provides seedstock for some of the area’s most notable producers.  Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle will be the foundation of the future beef industry.  It will be the source for cattle finished on forage and grass for the health-conscious consumer.   

Environmentally sound and fully sustainable, Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle complies with ESG principles. For example, the cattle are raised on perennial grasses that sequester carbon and are never plowed.  Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle is truly an early adopter.  

The ranch features 6,360 deeded acres and 320 acres leased from the state of Nebraska. The ranch will easily maintain 850 pair, replacement heifers, sale bulls, breeding bulls, registered heifers for sale and sale calves.  Selling turnkey: ranch, cattle and equipment with onsite management available.

LOCATION

Located near the town of Rose, Nebraska between Burwell and Bassett, the ranch is located 28 miles south of Bassett, Nebraska along paved Federal Highway 183. The ranch has an excellent location in the most productive region of the Sandhills. According to government reports, the Ogallala Aquifer is rising in this area.

This area is known as some of the best cow-country in the US.  There are several local packers who will help the holistically minded producer sell directly to the socially conscious consumer who wants source identified grass-finished beef.  In addition, there are many top sale barns in the area that provide another marketing option.

RANCH AND ACREAGE

The acreage for the ranch consists of the following land types:

1,000 Acres – wet hay meadow
400 Acres – second table hay meadow
126 Acres – pivot irrigated grassland
70 Acres – pivot irrigated alfalfa
65 Acres – NRD certified acres (permitted for irrigation development)
4,699 Acres – native sandhills grass

6,360 Acres – Total deeded
320 Acres – State of NE lease

Two fishing ponds and good hunting supplement the ranch’s natural beauty.

There are many natural shelter belts that protect the cattle during cold and windy winter days.  “Living barns” have been created from the treed shelter belts to keep calving cows safe and out of the elements. The ranch is very well balanced between summer pasture, meadows, feed, water, and shelter.

CATTLE

Spring Valley’s herd is the only herd of its size and kind in the United States.  The cattle are treated in the most holistic manner possible. The herd is registered with the American Angus Association and records are maintained on a third-party data base.  

Because Spring Valley’s registered Black Angus herd has been developed from pre-1970’s genetics, the cattle grow and fatten on perennial grasses. These grasses are never plowed, so they continually sequester carbon.  The cattle’s forage diet is supplemented by vitamins, minerals, apple cider vinegar, sodium bicarbonate, alfalfa, and carbon.  

The cattle are thick and moderate.  The cows are docile, breed back with regularity, are fertile and weigh approximately 1,100 pounds.  Spring Valley seeks to produce calves that are weaned at a minimum of 50% of their mother’s body weight.  

Customers who purchase Spring Valley’s grass finished cattle are uniformly enthusiastic about the taste of the humanely treated cattle.  A customer wrote:  “The quality and flavor of the beef is excellent and is the beef we serve.  We appreciate that it is grass fed and grass finished and grown sustainably and environmentally friendly and from Nebraska.”  A former chef believes that the flavor of the beef is without peer.

The cattle do very well in the commercial setting.  In one test, one hundred calves hung at an average weight of 850 pounds with a 25-pound deviation on either side.  All graded Choice or better.  In another test, out of 200 head, 198 graded Choice or better and 70% graded CAB or better.  

OPERATIONS

Beginning around May 15, the cattle spend the summers in the Sandhills, where the temperature is 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the lower hay meadows.  In July to August, the meadows are hayed, which provides winter feed. 

Using horses and Australian shepherds, the cattle are gathered around October 15 and are moved to the meadows where they feed during the fall on protein rich “after grass”, which grows after haying.  

During the winter months, the cattle have excellent protection in the shelter belts and living barns. The meadow hay is supplemented during these months with the alfalfa grown on the ranch’s small pivot.  

The ranch calves between the middle of May and early June.  It has a very tight breeding window.   

The ranch has over 120,000 feet of pipeline providing pure Sandhills water for the cattle.  One solar powered motor and seven electric motors pump the water throughout the ranch for the cattle.  At least sixteen windmills provide backup.

The ranch is fenced into multiple pastures for sustainable rotational grazing.

A full line of equipment necessary to operate the ranch will be sold along with the ranch and cattle.  Included are two large John Deere tractors, haying equipment, trucks, trailers, harrow, rakes, chutes, a porta-corral, bale rings and a host of smaller items.

SUMMARY

Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle is one with the historically proper treatment of the environment, properly supplying the human food chain in the most holistic manner possible.  

The ranch is extraordinary.  It is remarkably well-balanced with outstanding protection, very productive hay meadows and outstanding summer grazing.  

Water is plentiful.  The ranch sits on top of the Ogallala Aquifer, which has been increasing in depth under the ranch. 

The maternal herd genetics are from foundation bloodlines recognized throughout the Angus cattle industry.   These genetics are desired for cow longevity, cow mothering ability, efficiency to convert grass to pounds, high live calf ratio, cattle that marble as grass fed and uniform calves.  These are the most important factors for sustainable profitability.

Spring Valley Ranch & Cattle is the prototype of a carbon friendly, environmentally sound operation that represents the future of sustainable beef cattle production for the health-conscious consumer who wants grass-finished, source identified beef.

The ranch provides peace, quiet and solitude for its owner.  Please access Spring Valley’s website at www.svr-angus.com where there is an American Rancher episode that tells the story of the ranch and the Nebraska Sandhills.