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Food for Thought: Customer Connection

Each year, the Big Four — JBS, Cargill, National Beef, and Tyson — process more than 80 percent of the cattle that go to market. One of the by-products of this concentration is that many cattlemen have little or even

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Pacific

The SMS Brand

An energetic Swede, SVANTE MAGNUS SWENSON established a 680,000-acre ranching empire north of Abilene. Texas history brims with rags to riches stories, but few can vie with the life and times of Svante “Sven” Swenson (1816–1896). A Swedish immigrant who

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas

Canadian Pension Fund Buys Broetje Orchards

One of largest vertically-integrated, family-owned tree-fruit farms in the PACIFIC NORTHWEST sold in December. — Eric O’Keefe Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has acquired Washington State’s Broetje Orchards. The blockbuster transaction, which included 6,175 acres of tree-fruit orchards, closed in December.

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Feature, International, News Desk, Pacific, Washington

SOLD: Florida’s El Maximo Ranch Sells

After a three-generation run, the cattle kingdom that LATT MAXCY built comes to an end. South Carolinian by birth, Latimer “Latt” Maxcy (1887-1971) was an empire builder, the sort of individual who changed not only his own destiny but that

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Florida, South, South Carolina

Aspen Ranch Finally Sells – For Pennies on the Dollar

The 244-acre Circle R Ranch sold at auction for $14.3 million — a 75 percent discount off of its original listing price four years ago. Featuring six homes with a combined 22 bedrooms and 20.5 bathrooms, the ranch was controlled

Posted in Auctions, Colorado, Feature, News Desk, Residential Property, West

SOLD! Grizzly Ranch Sells for $18.5 Million

Over-the-top Colorado Showplace salvaged out of bankruptcy. One would be hard pressed to put a value on the long list of improvements found on Colorado’s Grizzly Ranch. For starters, the 26,686-acre ranch boasts six residences, 33 livestock sheds, and steel-welded

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Posted in Agriculture, Bankruptcy, Cattle, Colorado, Equestrian, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Hunting, Residential Property, Water, West

Land Report Top Ten – Rockies

The Magazine of the American Landowner presents the leading land listings in the American West! Text by Eric O’Keefe 1. West Creek Ranch | Mesa County Colorado and Grand County, Utah | $149 Million Encompassing more than 10 square miles,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Colorado, Equestrian, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting, Montana, New Mexico, News Desk, Recreation, Residential Property, Utah, West

Bill Gates Pays $171 Million for Washington Farmland

  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates paid $171 million to acquire approximately 14,500 acres of highly productive farmland in Southern Washington from John Hancock Life Insurance Company. According to The Land Report, Gates’s acquisition, which closed on August 28, ranks as

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, News Desk, Pacific, Washington

The Cowboy State Rules!

According to the Tax Foundation, Wyoming takes top honors for the lowest taxes nationwide. — Eric O’Keefe 1. NO INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX Only six states in the Union shun a personal income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, and

Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Taxes, West, Wyoming

Looking Back at Bill Moore

As the 20th century came to a close, one of the iconic ranches of the American West — the Broken O — was in the midst of a renaissance. And the driving force was a retiree. OK — Bill Moore

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Montana, West

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