Land Area: 23 Acres
Blue Creek Cattle Company is one of the finest showplace ranches to ever become available in the Sandhills of Nebraska. This ranch was recently featured as the cover story in Nebraska Life magazine, (March/April 2015) and serves not only as a sterling example of a profitable ranch operation, but is noted for it’s beauty and exemplary wildlife habitat. Located in the heart of the Ogallala aquifer, this ranch boasts tremendous rangelands, much of it sub-irrigated. Three miles of Blue Creek meanders through the ranch, through bottom meadows, ensuring year round moisture. This ranch can easily run 450 cows year round with an abundance of excess hay to sell. The current owner leases summer pasture off-site, feeding and wintering 800-1200 cows on the ranch.
The corrals at the headquarters are complemented with enough guard- rail pens to hold 2,000 head of cattle (approximately 10 acres) with great shelter- belts surrounding them. There is a large heated calving barn with running water, with seven stalls inside and 8 pens outside. A wonderful heated and insulated concrete floor shop has natural lighting from overhead skylights.
The ranch consists of two units; the headquarters unit, and the west unit. They are 1/2 mile apart boundary to boundary. The west unit features an 850-cow feedlot with 1,500 feet of new feed bunks and pipe pens to finish or background calves. Also located on the west unit is a new 50,000 bushel grain bin with dryers, 3 older bins totaling 23,000 bushels, two shops, a silage pit, and corrals. The shops, feedlot, and pens on the west unit are located at the west end of the land adjacent to the pivots. One pivot is allocated 14” of water usage but has extra allocated water to it since it used to be a larger pivot.
Overall, the property features three heated shops and two newly renovated barns.
The improvements and homes on this ranch are second to none! There are $23,000 worth of improvements on the school lease, which rides with the property and can be renewed in 2018. The homes were built with an abundance of reclaimed wood and rustic touches, yet they exude class with high end finishes, hardware, granite and fixtures. All of the high-end appliances stay with the property. A tremendous sense of style is evident in the interior design of both the main and guest houses.
The main house (built in 2004) is 2,400 square feet with an airy 360-degree wrap around porch overlooking three stocked ponds. It has 4 bedrooms and two baths, a built- in hot tub on the deck, a brick patio with fire pit, and an outdoor grilling/smoking station. It has a gorgeous built in bar in the billiards room. Beautiful docks on two of the ponds are tremendous spots for trout fishing. Numerous species of waterfowl, including swans, fill the ponds during migration as the ranch is located in the center of the Central Flyway.
Turkeys roost in the tree just off the back deck. Chukkers, pheasant, and quail walk around the grounds like tame chickens. The tremendous variety and population of all species of wildlife on this ranch is astounding.
There is a 3,200 sq. ft. lodge built in 2010 with a view of the largest pond. This lodge can accommodate 8-10 people. It is as richly appointed as the main house, featuring a full granite kitchen, office, and a beautiful built in bar. This room could easily host a football party with 20 people or more comfortably accommodated. The finishes and fixtures are as stylish in the lodge as they are in the main house.
This property could easily bring $15-30K or more per year in leasing the mule deer hunting, upland game hunting, trout fishing, and lodging to individuals or a corporation. There are enormous mule deer and antelope on the property. The creek and 5 ponds are all stocked with large trout, bass, crappie, blue gill and catfish. Ducks and geese pour into the ponds and surrounding wetland during migration, as the ranch is located in the middle of the Central Flyway.
The property has a propane generator capable of providing power to the ranch in the event of power failure for up to two weeks. Also, there is a propane filling station for filling smaller propane tanks and bottles. There is a fenced three-acre garden that is used to grow sweet corn, potatoes, and many other vegetables.
The thoughtful details and amenities on this ranch are too numerous to mention. The improvements are tremendous, and the lodges simply must be seen to appreciate. The feed base, the irrigated ground, and the cattle facilities leave many options for the cattleman. Truly, this is a legacy property, perhaps the finest showplace ranch to ever come up for sale in Nebraska.
Blue Creek Cattle Company - 11 miles north of Oshkosh, NE
Blue Creek Cattle Company- 11 miles north of Oshkosh, NE