This is a nice little ranch, within easy distance of Clayton, NM, Texas Panhandle, and Oklahoma Panhandle. It has not been grazed for five years, and with good summer moisture the pastures are in excellent condition and ready for your cattle. Owners live out-of-State and are motivated to sell.
The Bates Ranch is conveniently located approximately 9 miles south of Clayton, NM on Highway 402 and is contiguous to and on the west side of Highway 402. The northeast portion of the ranch known as the K20 National Grassland Allotment is on the east side of Highway 402.
Physical and legal access to the ranch is by way of State Highway 402 and Union County roads.
Description and Topography
The terrain is flat to rolling landscape and ranges in elevation of 4824 feet to 4950 feet. The vegetative type is an open grassland without any shrub or invasive woody plants.
Deeded 1217+/- acres
State 640 acres
Federal (National Grassland) 2277+/- acres
Total 4134+/- acres
Current annual grazing fee for the New Mexico State grazing lease is $573; the National Grassland permit is $918 per year.
Vegetation consists of native grass species such as blue grama, sideoats grama, and several species of bluestems.
The owners have operated the ranch as a cow/calf operation with some of the calf crop held over until yearling age. Carrying capacity is owner rated at 150 head. The ranch has not been stocked for the last 5 years and is in excellent condition.
The National Grassland permit consists of two permits; K20 and K21. K20 is rated at 110 Animal Unit Months (AUMs) for 120 days or 38 yearlings and is not grazed for the same 120 day period two years in a row. K21 is rated at 570 AUMs yearlong or 47 cow/calf.
The New Mexico State Lease is a five year renewable lease and the current lease expires in September 30, 2015.
The ten pastures lend themselves to a deferred rotation grazing system. Five pastures are located on the National Grassland permit and have been grazed in a deferred rotation system. Approximately 233.2 acres of the deeded land is currently in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
The CRP consists of two contracts; one, consisting of 168.7 acres, expires in 2022 and the second consisting of 64.5 acres expires in 2023. Annual payments are $44.70 per acre. In the past, the owners dry-land farmed 17 acres in the northwest part of the ranch.
Ranch Facilities and Improvements
The residence, known as the Rardin, is an older home built before 1940. It is a four room house, with basement, consisting of two bedrooms, one bath, and a living/kitchen area. The house water system consists of a cistern with pressure pump that is filled by a domestic well.
A metal roof was added in 2003 and outside siding added in the early 1980’s. Outbuildings at the Rardin consist of a two car garage, well house, and barn that were built before 1940.
A second house, the Bates homestead, is located in the central part of the ranch and consists of the old Bates house, concrete block shop, old rock sheds, and older corrals. The old Bates house is a definite fixer-upper but could become a nice residence or guest house.
A set of pipe and sucker-rod corrals located at the Rardin place are in good condition. Fences are wood and steel posts, barbed wire, and are in good condition. There are three electric submersible wells and five windmills with nine metal drinking troughs.
Depth of the wells range from 210 feet to 250 feet. An irrigation well was drilled in 1964 where the CRP land is now located but it was
Antelope inhabit the ranch as well as some game birds and song birds.
At the present time, there is not any mineral activity taking place on the ranch. The owner will convey fifty percent of minerals owned to the buyer and retain fifty percent of minerals owned for a period of 20 years after which the minerals will revert to the buyer unless production occurs within the 20 year period.
About Clayton, New Mexico
Clayton, an agricultural town with a population of about 2900 is located in the northeast corner of New Mexico approx. 15 miles from the Texas border.
The local school system consists of Kindergarten through High School. Union County General Hospital is a full service, well equipped hospital serving the residents of Union County and surrounding Counties.
The hospital provides 24 hour emergency services, inpatient and outpatient surgery, endoscopy, obstetrics, cardio-vascular services, physical therapy and the full range of diagnostic capabilities.
The community also has a 40-bed Nursing Home offering skilled and intermediate nursing care. An Optometrist provides eye care for the community.
Clayton Lake was established in the mid 1950’s to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl. Clayton Lake State Park was dedicated in 1968. The 170 acre lake provides outstanding fishing for rainbow trout, channel catfish, largemouth bass and walleye.
For ranch realty inquiries, contact Tom today.