When you make the decision to invest your money in a ranch property, you will likely be looking at property that will yield some sort of financial return over the long term. This means that buying ranch property can be a lot different than just buying a piece of land. You will have to be extremely careful to ensure there are qualities about the land that will support your ranch-building and business activities down the road. Here is a brief look at some of the top features you should be looking for when you are buying your first ranch property.
Accessibility to the Property
Most large pieces of property that would be ideal for ranching will have more than one access point. This is ideal because when you are raising livestock on your property, you may need to access the animals from varying points, especially during times when one access road is blocked. If you find a piece of property that is suitable on every other level besides having multiple access points, you may be able to gain more entry areas by striking a right-of-way deal with an adjacent landowner or by buying a secondary piece of property that joins the land you are considering.
Natural Water Availability
Ranching involves providing what is necessary to care for a large group of animals. Therefore, your use of water can be huge compared to a regular landowner. If you can find a piece of property that has its own private water source, it will prove to be highly beneficial to your ranching operation. Even if there is not currently a water well in place or connection to an underground spring, it is worth investing in the property if the ground has an underlying water source you can tap into instead of relying on a public water connection all the time.
Animal Support Capability
Overcrowding a piece of land with animals can have dire consequences for the health of your herd and the well-being of the property itself and the surrounding natural environment. Therefore, it is crucial that you know how many animals the land you are considering can support. This information comes from looking at how much land is open for foraging and grazing, how precipitation accumulates and runs on the property, and how many animals the land has supported in the past, which is information you can usually gather from the local USDA office.