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The state of Idaho is known for its impressive geography that spans over 83,000 square miles, divided into smoky mountains, winding rivers, and expansive plains. This land is used for a large variety of purposes - sixty percent of the terrain is managed by either the Bureau of Land Management or the National Forest service, the most of any other state. Between the national and state forests, parks, and wildlife refuges are Idaho’s cities and towns, and their agricultural land. This agricultural land makes up twenty-two percent of Idaho’s land, and 4.7 million of these acres are for ranching.
Ranches in Idaho
You can find large parcels of land in Idaho ideal for ranching, especially in the relatively flatter Southwestern section. Over 40% of Idaho’s agricultural lands are used for grazing animals, and an acre of this land will typically sell for around $2,560 an acre - comparably, the national average was $3,550 per acre, in 2012, almost a full thousand dollars more.
Idaho ranches often raise cattle, particularly beef and dairy cows, though there are ranches for sheep, elk, and llamas in Idaho, as well. Of course, llama boys doesn't hold the same imagery as cowboys.
Caring for ranches is labor-intensive, as ranchers need to be aware of agricultural, environmental, and economical concerns. The carrying capacity of a land refers to the amount of organisms that can live there. Surpassing this limit can cause a ranch to lose money as the land is overgrazed or the animals get sick. Ranchers work to keep their animals healthy.
Idaho ranches can be so large that some roads will pass through them. Fortunately, in Idaho all livestock have the right of way on the road, and automobilist will be penalized with a heavy fine should they maim or otherwise harm an animal. Domestic animals on open range can graze on any unenclosed city space.
Cattle’s Contribution to Idaho’s Economy
Though there are many varieties of ranches in Idaho, the most recognized are the cattle ranches. Cattle have become an integral part of Idaho’s economy. In January of 2012, the cattle across the state were estimated to be worth 2,731 million dollars, which placed Idaho as the 12th cattle producer in the nation.
Of the more than 2,200,000 heads of bovine in Idaho, there are hundreds of breeds represented in the state’s cattle population. Some of the preferred dairy breeds are the Holstein and Jersey. On the other hand, beef breeds include the Angus Herford, Charolais, and Limousine.
Beef cattle are raised and sold mainly for their meat for consumption, in various cuts such as steak, ribs, etc.. However, beef cattle are also used to make a number of goods. For example, their hides are used to make car seats, basketballs, clothing, purses, boots, and lipstick. On the other hand, their fats and proteins can be used in items like crayons, glue, gelatin, detergents, and linoleum.
Ranches don’t need to be completely agricultural. Some are residential, or eve commercial. These ranches may have some animals, but devote most of their land space to outdoor recreational activities. Some of these properties, which are known as dude ranches, are very popular vacation lodges. These offer guests a western experience amongst the rugged and wild Idaho terrain.
Idaho residents and visitorscan enjoy four distinct seasons over the year, and beautiful landscapes year round. Ranches will be more popular and busier during the warmer months of the year, as some parts of Idaho can receive several feet of snow a year.
Idaho’s Outdoor environment
In Idaho’s mountains, whether it be the Rocky Mountain range, the Owyhees, or the Sawtooths, there are plenty of places to hunt, fish, camp, hike, bike, and other such like activities.
With over 93,000 miles of rivers and streams, Idaho has more waterways than any other state in the continental United States. There are about 3,000 miles of whitewater rafting locations, both for the beginner and the expert. For class V, true the North fork of the Snake River or the South Fork of the Payette River (check). Or, there are places to calmly float along like the Salmon River or the Boise River, both with excellent fishing opportunities.
Idaho is one of the largest states in rodeo, and hosts all sorts of roping, bucking, and racing competitions every year. For example, Caldwell Night Rodeo is attended by over 40,000 people every year. This five night event in late summer, which began in 1935, has become one of the top 20 professional rodeos in the nation. To top it off, just a few miles away from Caldwell in Nampa, Idaho is the annual Snake River Stampede. This incredible rodeo is held every third week of July, and is one of the leading members of the Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association.
For those who want to make a ranch their next home, there is a lot to offer in Idaho. Start your search for Idaho ranch land for sale today!
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Listing information last updated on September 20th, 2018 at 9:37pm MDT.