Retain Local Control Over Your Beef Checkoff!

Did you know that if Montana ranchers don’t sign a producer consent form, Montana will lose local control over the beef checkoff? Due to a recent court decision, Montana producers have to provide consent for half of the checkoff assessment to be retained in Montana. Without half of the assessment, Montana will no longer have…

Transferring the Family Ranch to the Next Generation

Farming and ranching is a Montana legacy. Montana family farms and ranches are traditionally passed on to the next generation. I recently sat down with a family to have this discussion over coffee. The process is challenging because it is comprised of economic, legal, and complex family social decisions. While some family members may want to stay on the land,…

A Balance of Passions

There are two passions in my life, real estate and cutting horses and I think all of us need to have a balance between our work and play. In my life one fuels the other but they also complement each other. I grew up on a ranch and we always looked at horses as a…

Managed Intensive Grazing

Ranchers and farmers are excellent stewards of their land and as a result, are constantly seeking new and improved methods of providing quality feed to their livestock without the need for fertilizing or weed control. The method that has grown in application and in success is the managed intensive grazing system, a method that goes…

About Us Video

  At Montana Ranch Properties, we know land, resources, and recreation. Montana Ranch Properties is a specialized division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties. We are the highest ranked real estate firm in Montana. Our diverse and highly qualified brokers are located in 12 key areas throughout the state. We offer experience, expertise, credibility and…

Ranch Living

Branding Montana Style Branding in Montana claims a true cattleman’s (or cattlewoman’s) heart.  Catching calves and dragging to the branding fire is a tradition as old as dirt itself.  Ranchers often share high mountain pastures for the summers so branding is done in early spring so that the calves can head to the mountains making…

House Bill 110 – Just Passed by Montana Legislature

Many of you have received a notice regarding the bill passed by the 2017 Montana legislature on filing for stock water rights. Here are the questions to ask yourself before deciding to file or not to file 1. Can you prove domestic stock (cows, horses, pigs, goats, etc.) use of the surface water (creek, coulee,…

Historic Elk Lodge Cabin

The historic Elk Lodge Cabin is offered for the first time since it’s local materials were carefully selected and hand crafted back in the early days of settling the Gallatin Canyon. The deep history & original rustic character are expressed throughout it’s hand hewn logs, paned windows and original hardware.  In the early 1900’s, Congress enacted the…

Horsemanship

As a student of horsemanship, I discovered several years ago while working with a Ranch buyer from California, who is also an avid horseman, that he was unaware that there is a strong culture of Vaquero horsemanship here in Montana.  As Vaquero horsemanship evolved from Spain to Mexico to the Southwest of the US and…