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LOCATION: Ranch is located SW of Albany and NE of Abilene in big ranch country. County Road 220 crosses the ranch and connects Highway 180 and Highway 351. Physical address is 2601 County Road 220, Abilene, Texas.
DIRECTIONS: From Albany, go west on Highway 180/6 for approximately 12 miles until County Road 220. Go south on County road for 4+/- miles to the headquarters area where the red barn is located.
COUNTY ROAD: County Road 220 is a caliche road maintained by Shackelford County. There is little traffic on the ranch and it does not have a major impact on the quality of the ranch.
AREA: This is a highly sought after area with large neighbors including a 10,000+/- acre ranch on the west side of the property. Another ranch located east of the subject property and has an 8 game fence. Otherwise, the ranches in this area are large, low fenced properties.
TERRAIN: Land is moderately sloping to rolling. Some areas are steep rocky hills and ridges with approximately 100 feet of elevation change. Other areas have deeper, more productive soils conducive to wildlife food plots.
VEGETATION: Mesquite, hackberry, lime prickly ash, lotebush, skunkbush, and catclaw are primary woody trees and shrubs. Native grasses include curly mesquite, little bluestem, side oats grama, and Texas wintergrass.
SURFACE WATER: There are 6-7 stock tanks on the property with 3 being larger in size. Long Creek also holds water seasonally. There are 4 water troughs providing cattle and wildlife with an additional source of water. This ranch is extremely well watered for this area.
WATERLINE: West Central Texas Municipal Water District (WCTMWD) water pipeline crosses the southern portion of the ranch. This line extends from Lake Hubbard Creek near Breckenridge to the City of Abilene. It is a major asset for the property with 2 taps and water lines running to the 4 water troughs.
HUNTING: Wildlife is excellent with whitetail deer, turkey, feral hogs, quail, dove, and ducks. This part of Shackelford County is well known for producing trophy bucks. Terrain and habitat is very good for bobwhite quail and running bird dogs. Stock tanks are full of ducks in the fall and winter months. Hunting is prime.
GRAZING: Ranch is not overgrazed and pastureland is in excellent condition. Stocking rate is approximately 1 animal unit per 30 acres. There are 3 primary pastures, 150 acres of improved pasture fenced separately, and another small pasture near the headquarters.
LEASES: Grazing and hunting lease expires on 12/31/2015, but can be terminated with 60 days notice in the event of a sale. There is a 99-year lease on approximately 1 acre, beginning in October 2006, to a neighboring landowner. A fence was constructed around this area because of a stock tank located on the property line. A 10-year Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) substation ground lease (10 X 10 pad) with Taylor Telephone Coop was executed in August, 2010. This lease generates $120 of income annually and brings DSL to the area.
IMPROVED PASTURE: 150+/- acres are established in WW-B-Dahl Old World Bluestem and Wilman 75 Lovegrass. This area was previously dryland cropland and is fenced off from the rest of the ranch. It is beneficial for livestock and allows the native pasture to be rested during dry times.
SOILS: General soil type is Lueders-Throck-Nukrum. These are very shallow, shallow to deep, gently sloping to undulating, loamy & clayey soils, some are very gravelly. These soils are considered normal for the area.
EASEMENTS: There is a 345 KV electric transmission line easement and the WCTMWD water pipeline easement, both crossing the southern end of the ranch in a NE to SW direction.
UTILITIES: Electricity is provided by Big Country Electric Cooperative. Raw water is provided by WCTMWD water line. Telephone is provided by Taylor Telephone Electric Cooperative.
IMPROVEMENTS: An older, functional 5250 square foot barn and shed are located at the headquarters area and have character. There are 2 homes in poor condition. One home is the shell of an old rock house. The other home is a 1.5 story, 2300+/- square foot home in poor condition. No value has been placed on either home.
FENCING: Perimeter fencing on the north, south, and west is barbed wire with metal posts in good condition. Fencing is adequate for keeping livestock on the ranch and there are cattle guards on the county road. Most of the east side of the property has an 8 tall game fence. Cross fencing is poor to good. There is also a nice set of steel working pens with water and electricity near the barn.
SCHOOL DISTRICT: Clyde and Albany ISD.
MINERALS: No Minerals. There is one active oil well with battery tanks on the property. This location has a minor impact on the quality of the ranch.
TAXES: Were approximately $2,430 in 2013.
Blake Hortenstine, 214-616-1305 mobile