Brewster, NE Farm & Cattle Ranch with Hunting Land & Homes For Sale
The Meister Ranch is located 7 miles north of Brewster, NE on Hwy 7 or 35 miles south of Ainsworth in the heart of cattle country. Brewster is the country seat of Blaine County. Ainsworth has a population of 1,700 and offers all services. The ranch is a diversified combination of grass, meadows, irrigated crop land, and feed yard operation with the capability of producing plenty of manure to fertilize all cropland providing ample grain and roughage for feeding. All designed to be self-sufficient.
The hunting on the property is exceptional. Mule and Whitetail deer are plentiful with trophy bucks being harvested every year. Several ponds attract ducks and Canada geese with some fishing . A small herd of antelope pass through yearly. Grouse, prairie chickens and turkey are plentiful with several coveys of quail.
The ranch is in a shallow ground water area with the saturated depth of the Ogallala Aquifer being 600-800 feet. The static water level in the valley is 6-8 feet. The surface water in the ponds is the top of the Ogallala Aquifer. The ranch is located between the Loup River and Calamus River.
The K-12 school district is Sandhills Public Schools, Dunning Nebraska. School bus service available at the rural church across highway 7 from the ranch.
The ranch leases 592.64 acres along the west boundary of the deeded land from Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD). The lease is an annual year-to-year lease. The land was once part of the deeded ranch real estate. The NPPD lease is unique in that the Meister family is the only party that can lease the land for grazing and haying. The Meister family retained exclusive hunting rights to the land when they sold the tract to NPPD.
Land Use & Carrying Capacity:
By combining the leased land and the deed land, the ranch has 424 irrigated cropland acres; approximately 3,000 acres of native grass rangeland & subirrigated meadows; with balance in improvements, feedlot, ponds, and tree groves.
In a normal year, the ranch will support 400cow/calf pairs plus provide feed for owned or custom fed feedlot cattle.
Irrigation & Livestock Water:
Three center pivot systems with high volume wells irrigate 424 acres currently in corn, rye, forage crops, an irrigated cool season grass to be hayed or grazed.
One Valley system new in 2006. Two T&L Systems new in 2013. All systems have chemigation equipment. 3 Isuzu diesel power units.
All wells are set up for 1,000 gpm. Static water depths are 5.6 to 8 feet. Pumping depths are 60-80 feet.
There are no pumping allocations/restrictions. Unlimited, shallow ground water.
Two large capacity stock wells supply ranch with water. All pastures have underground water pipeline with numerous water tanks and valves to turn off flow to tanks during winter. One large capacity solar tank is located centrally among pastures in case of a power outage. One well has an emergency plug in to hook up a generated for emergency watering if necessary. Ponds are scattered throughout the ranch.
Feedyard & Corrals:
State of Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permitted 4700 head feed yard/back grounding facility. This operation is considered large but does not require any lagoon or annual paperwork of any kind. This is very rare to have no requirements other than maintaining a grass buffer strip along pens and controlling wastewater runoff.
Cattle handling facilities offer a well-designed corral system that can be used for fat cattle sorting or cow/calf management with an adjustable alley feeding into a hydraulic chute and a hydraulic calf cradle. Many new steel overhead supports with heavy duty gates and numerous sorting pens. A large weaning calf weaning pen is constructed of guard rail plus 6 calf pens with steel pipe top rail and 5 cable below. All have heavy duty steel overheads with steel gates. More pens with 6 barb wire with a hotwire on the inside. All pens have large capacity freeze proof tire tanks. A large pad of thick cement for a feed pile.
Absentee owners/guest house/hunting cabin: Built in 2009. 1508 sq feet of living area including loft. Beautiful interior with loft, cathedral ceiling living room, open floor plan with kitchen island, side patio and covered front porch. The home has accommodated 12 guests! The home has extra insulation but was designed to be easily winterized and closed in winter with no fear of water pipes freezing.
Present owners home: Double wide modular built in 1994 but painted on the outside and inside, with new flooring and new decks put on in 2013. 1,706 sq ft with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths.
Employees Home: Astro steel sided home built in 2013. 1-1/2 half story home with 1,920 sq ft of living area. 2 bedroom. 1 bath. Electric cove heating.
Steel shop approximately 40 x 80, heated with propane, insulated with concrete floor. Insulated overhead door 20w x 14h, hot water with sink and all new lighting
5 stall open front calving barn, and a cowboy/tack barn with headgate to help with calving. 4 stall open front calving barn with headgate, located mile N of the headquarters, nestled in a large mature tree windbreak that is perfect for calving . Corn syrup/steep/water building that is insulated and heated with 2-3600 gal tanks and room for a 3rd tank. EPA approved containment system holding a 15,000-gal farm diesel tank and several smaller tanks for road diesel and gasoline. A 28-ton bulk bin new in 2009. A loading dock for heavy equipment.
2019 Real Estate Taxes:$16,151.62 ($5.53 per acre) Note: Taxes are reasonable for this highly improved ranch with irrigation due to the large consolidated school district with a large tax valuation.
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Listing ID: 26015-18601