21,080 Total Acres All in One Block
13,351 Deeded Acres
1,500 Tillable Acres
300 Irrigated Acres
9 miles McDonald Creek
Historic Home with Corrals
Calving Barns and Outbuildings
12 wells, 18 tanks, & 15 reservoirs
The Teigen Ranch was started in 1884 when Mons Teigen (an immigrant from Norway) along with two cousins Knute & Ole Opheim formed a partnership and purchased 3200 head of sheep in the Gallatin Valley. The sheep were trailed up the Shields Valley and down the Musselshell and then crossed over into the McDonald Creek area. Knute sold out in 1890 and Ole drowned in the creek seven years later. Mons bought out their interest and it has been the Teigen Ranch ever since. Mons married in 1897 and built the present ranch home where their two sons Peter and Bard were born. As the story goes the Railroad came through between 1914 and 1917 and a small community of Teigen was built with a general store, a hotel, a lumber and grain company, a community hall, and then Mons built a school that was used from 1914 until 1936. The real estate offered includes the Teigen, Montana postal mail stop with an exclusive postal zip code. The train ran from Winnett to Lewistown and then finally it stopped and the tracks were pulled up in 1972. The Teigen Family has endured the years and expanded the ranch to what it is today. After about 90 years of sheep they switched over to cattle and since then have been running about a 1000 head on the ranch. The Teigen’s have been active in the community and in the livestock industry, always highly respected and trustworthy citizens.
The ranch is located in Central Montana in Petroleum County. More specifically, the ranch is located along Highway 200 six miles east of Grass Range and nine miles west of Winnett . From the ranch Lewistown (6,000 population) is 36 miles to the west and Billings (Montana’s largest city) is 104 miles to the south. Billings is a hub for commercial airlines, major shopping, and medical services.
Lewistown is the county seat of Fergus County and is one of the finer small town communities in Montana. Winnett is the county seat of Petroleum County with a convenience store, café, and other essential county services.
Lewistown Municipal Airport (http://www.lwtairport.com) is located on 2,200 acres owned jointly by the city of Lewistown and Fergus County. The primary 100’ x 6,100’ runway recently was upgraded to the tune of $2.7 million with new paving, an extension, and additional lights. This runway handles most jet aircrafts.
CENTRAL MONTANA AREA
Winnett and Petroleum County is included and surrounded by the Missouri River / Ft. Peck recreation area noted for all types of hunting and fishing recreation. Encompassing about 1,100,000 acres, the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) provides a unique opportunity to experience wild land and wildlife in a natural setting. Visitors to the NWR can experience wildlife and scenic grandeur in nearly the same surroundings as encountered by the Lewis and Clark expedition 200 years ago. Extending approximately 125 miles east/west and including the 245,000 acre Fort Peck Reservoir, the Refuge includes native prairies, forested coulees, river bottoms and badlands so often portrayed in the paintings of Charlie Russell, the colorful western artist whom the Refuge is named.
Lewistown is in the Center of Montana surrounded by five area mountain ranges, the Snowys, the Judiths, the Moccasins, the Belts, and the Highwoods. Cattle ranching, small grain farming, and hay production still provide the primary economic base. Nearby grain terminals are at Moore, Moccasin, and Billings and livestock markets are at Lewistown and Billings.
This ranch is all in one block and contains 21,080 plus or minus total acres. The approximate breakdown is 13,351 (approximate) deeded acres, 3,345 acres State Leases, 4,224 acres BLM permit acres. There are some exchange of uses with neighbors. The ranch has access roads throughout either by highway, county roads, or ranch dirt trails. See the attached maps.
Currently the Ranch has 1,500 acres of crop ground, 300 acres are irrigated. The tillable lands presently are in a mix of alfalfa, small grains, and tame grasses. Crops suitable in the area include alfalfa, tame grasses, beardless winter wheat for forage, barley, corn, and other small grains. Tame grasses that do well for hay mixes are crested wheatgrass, pubescent wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, smooth brome, and orchard grass. The ranch is located in a 13-14 inch annual precipitation zone. The growing season is about 125 days. Soils are mainly a mix of clay & silty loams.
The ranch improvements are functional and are properly maintained for a Central Montana Cattle Operation. Livestock sheds, equipment storage, corrals, housing and other livestock facilities are on the ranch. Recent improvements include new roofing on sheds and homes, concrete pads, and new exterior paint. They are serviced with telephone, electricity, wells, septics, and good access roads. The main ranch improvements are located along Highway 200 in a very convenient location half way between Winnett and Grass Range. On the south side of the highway are two homes, a horse barn built in 1910, a bunkhouse, a machine shed, and 40 x 60 Quonset storage building. The Main Home has 2,400 sq ft of living space and has been remodeled over the past few years and includes a new roof and new kitchen cabinets, Just across the highway are a set of corrals with new boards, a live-stock scale, and a 1910 sheep shed with a new roof and new exterior paint. Another set of buildings are on the northeastern part of the ranch and include a home, a single car garage, a two car garage, and a 40 x 60 machine shed. On the western end of the ranch near the hayfields is a 50 x 145 sheep shed with electricity currently used for calving. This shed has a new roof.
WILDLIFE AND HABITAT
Central Montana is known for its quality bird hunting and the Teigen Ranch is at the top of the list. Pheasants, Sharptail Grouse, Sage Hens, and Huns have a good population from the basic natural resources available. The natural ranch resources are already in place that include chokecherry, willows, buck brush, scattered pines, brushy meadows, and well cared for pastures with sage. The ranch has over 4 miles of McDonald Creek which meander next to croplands and hay-lands providing an excellent source of water. The ranch has ample natural resources with protection that allows the game birds to hide from predators. Other wildlife on the ranch a Mule Deer, Whitetails, and Antelope along the McDonald Creek drainage.
Agriculturally, the ranch has been managed as an efficient low cost cow/calf operation. The cattle are wintered along the McDonald Creek bottoms near the hay fields. Range condition on the ranch shows a well cared for habitat. There is a good sod cover and the grass species such as western wheat grass, green needle, needle and thread, and blue bunch wheat grass that indicate proper range management.
Winter feeding begins around the first of the year depending on the weather. It takes about 1.0 to 1.5 tons of hay to winter a cow in normal years. Calving usually starts the first week of March. There is plenty of room for the cows to go hide and have their calves. The area for wintering and calving is perfect as there is live water and an abundance of natural protection.
McDonald Creek meanders west to east through the ranch for over 9 miles. Other sources of water include 12 wells with pipelines and 18 tanks, seasonal creeks, and 15 reservoirs. Irrigation from McDonald Creek allows for 300 acres of flood irrigation.
The ranch has extensive water rights held with the DNRC for irrigation and stock water. All water rights, ditch rights and ditch easements appurtenant to the subject property are to be transferred to the Buyer at closing. These rights are in the water right adjudication process. Buyer agrees to take all water rights currently listed on the DNRC Water Rights Index “as is”.
This Ranch contains 21,080 acres all in one block in one of the more reputed areas of Montana for cattle ranches. The ranch has unlimited natural protection with brushy coulees skirted with Chokecherry, Hawthorne, Pines, Cottonwoods, and Buffalo Berry. McDonald Creek runs through the ranch for over 9 miles providing some of the best bird hunting in Montana. The natural resources already in place provide the habitat for excellent bird hunting. Hunting for Elk, Muleys, Whitetails, and Antelope is not to be understated. This is a well balanced and excellent cattle ranch with good water resources, well cared for pastures in good to excellent range condition, functional improvements, and good protection. The Ranch has 3 miles of convenient highway with a beautiful back drop of McDonald Creek meadows and timbered ridges. This would make a superb Registered Cattle Ranch and is truly a rare opportunity to acquire one of the finer cattle ranches in Montana with over a hundred years of history.