Looking for that large block of contiguous farm or ranch land to compliment your current mixed farming operation? Or perhaps just looking to increase the economies of scale of your current grain operation with the addition of a large parcel of prime land for cropping? Whatever it is the Ryan Farm located 80 km north-east of Fort St. John, B.C. (near Peejay) is sure to be the answer. The farm has pavement to its doorstep. In total, twenty-two quarter sections of land with approximately two thousand five hundred cultivated acres.
The farm is set up for a mixed farming operation with sixteen quarters crossed fenced with much of it six wire, and in some cases seven wire, for calving. The farm was, until a few years ago, home to five hundred head of buffalo. Haul three hundred pairs of cattle up in the spring and have your personnel keep an eye on them during the summer while tending to the crops. The pasture land is not bush pasture with predator issues but rather open fertile well fenced pasture. The farm contains numerous dugouts offering livestock ease of access to good quality water. With Pat Ryan being a heavy equipment contractor, the farm has drainage ditches constructed around virtually the entire perimeter. Low areas have for the most part been eliminated, as a result of excavator and dozer work over the years.
The soil itself must be seen to be appreciated. The unusually large fields are made up of seemingly screened top soil high in organic matter, making it some of the most fertile land in the Peace River block. If you like to straight cut peas close to the ground, you will truly appreciate fields that are essentially rock free. The farm has 50,000 bushels of grain storage at the main farmstead, some of which is on air. That storage is currently being used by Pat Ryan however, assuming the product in store can be moved prior to the fall of 2019, a high bidder will have the opportunity to sit down and discuss leasing that storage as well.
Whether traveling one hour or more down the road to your satellite farm, this large tract of land is sure to make the trip worthwhile. With current trends of bagging grain and spreading out workflow by seeding grasses or fall seeded cereals, the Ryan farm is something every large farmer or rancher will want to consider. The addition of this sizeable parcel of land to your existing farming operation is sure to add significantly to your bottom line.
The Ryan Farm will be offered for lease by way of online timed auction by CLHbid.com on June 1st, 2018. Lease term will be for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 crop years. Five hundred acres was in summer fallow in 2017, and all will be in fallow in 2018 except for the 700 acres in hay. The current renter of hay land will be entitled to hay the land in 2018 and remove bales in fall of 2018. High bidder will be responsible for chemical or conventional summer fall after June 1, 2018. Signing of the formal lease and payment of the 2019 lease payment shall be completed on or before June 5th, 2018. High bidder may seed grass or fall seeded cereals in 2018, however no livestock shall be moved on the land in 2018. Bid increments will be $2.00 per acre. As bonus acres, Pat Ryan estimates there are an additional 300 acres of fenced pasture available for use for livestock. Bidding however shall be based on 2,500 acres only and the total rent payable for each year shall be 2,500 x the high bid.
Please check the website for updates on auction details and exact lease terms.