Ranching in Montana

Ranching is defined as “an establishment maintained for raising livestock under range conditions; a large farm used primarily to raise one kind of crop or animal; a tract of land, usually with a house, barn, silo, etc., on which crops and often livestock are raised for livelihood.” (Dictionary.com, 2020)

Ranching, one of Montana’s first industries, began in the 1860’s when there was a high demand for beef in many mining towns across the state. “Open Range” was practiced by these early cattlemen in which they allowed their cattle to graze large plots of land, moving the cattle often to greener pastures. Once open range became more and more popular, two acts (click here for more information on these acts) were put in place for those to help improve the land through agriculture instead of potentially damaging the land.

Many of the first ranches across Montana are still in operation today with the descendants of the original families. These ranches still operate similar (business wise) as they did some time ago, while moving forward with modern practices, equipment and management.

Brokers with Montana Ranch Properties specialize in farm and ranch properties as well as recreational and sporting properties. Our member’s dedication to land stewardship, their professional knowledge of real estate inventory and their passion for recreating under Montana’s Big Sky, combined with their experience and hard working ethic provide our clients an exceptional level of service.

When you work with a Montana Ranch Properties agent, you know that your real estate transaction will be represented by a professional who is deep rooted in Montana’s unique markets and communities.