Counties of interestBig Horn, Blaine, Carbon, Carter, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Hill, Judith Basin, McCone, Meagher, Musselshell, Park Livingston, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Treasure, Valley, Wheatland, Wibaux, Yellowstone
Planned OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry)
Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersAgriculture-related college degree, Informal apprenticeship, General college degree, General farming (over 3 years), Other experience/license/agriculture or business training
Other experience/license/agriculture or business training:Pastor, ranch, forestry
Land TenureBuy/Sell, Cropshare, Lease, Partnership, RSA Grass Link, Open to other arrangements
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.I have been in full-time pastoral ministry since 2014. The 10 years previous, I was employed as a hired man on a cow/calf operation. My wife and I have 8 children, whom we homeschool. At the present, we have 10 acres near Wagner, MT, 12 cows (beef + dairy), 140 meat goats, 2 Livestock Guardian dogs, 2 McNab stock dogs, a few horses and some chickens! Our desire is to ranch full-time as a family. And we have outgrown our acreage. We are eager & willing to relocate. Please see sonrisefamilyranch.com for more info!
Acreage1-5, 6-10, 11-40, 41-100, 101-500, 500+
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.We have enjoyed the blessings of raising our own food over the last 7 years. With our teenage children showing strong interest in ranching, currently working for neighbors, and our herd continuing to grow, we hope to begin a production operation of our own with cattle & meat goats. This would include pasture grazing and/or hay production; on either irrigated or dry land.
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainLooking for lease or lease-to-own; open to other arrangements as well.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:Seeking to move from self-sustaining to production agriculture; helping our children get established in the business.
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Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.We currently rotationally graze using electric wire for our cattle & electric netting for our goats. We have run chickens in our chicken tractor behind the animals for parasite control. We strongly believe in regenerative sustainable agriculture. And continue to implement new practices as we learn.