Open Gate Ranch-Farm

This is a rare opportunity to own a diverse recreational retreat boasting highly productive soils and irrigation water with hill country vistas and brush country all in one remarkable ranch.  

 

Location:

  • Farm entrance:  7 miles north of Hondo on Hwy 173

 

 

Dwellings:

  • 2400 +/- sq ft custom built 4 bedroom 3 bath caretakers house
  • 1400 +/- sq ft 3 bedroom 2 bath Solitaire manufactured home

 

Wells:

  • 2 domestic Edwards Aquifer wells servicing all of the dwellings 
  • 2 irrigation Edwards Aquifer wells servicing the 4 center pivots
  • 2 large irrigation wells one equipped with 3-phase electric motor rated at 1750GPM and the second mounted with a John Deere Diesel producing 750-1250GPM
  • 220 acre feet of Edwards Aquifer “Base” water rights

 

 

Habitat:

  • Farm has highly productive clay/loam soils which have largely been cleared for crop production with approx. 300 acres sprigged into Coastal Bermuda, the balance is traditional South Texas brush.  

 

Hay Productivity:

  • 4 Large Valley-8000 Series pivots support over 225 acres of center pivot irrigated hay meadows
  • Each field can usually produce 5 cuttings per year with hay yields from 70-120 sq bales to the acre per cutting.  
  • Hay is moved to two hay storage barns totaling over 21,000 sq. ft. (50×140 and 100×140) which can hold over 40,000 sq. bales.  
  • Bale production is highly automated with the use of a bale bundler limiting the labor required to maximize profitability and handling ease.
  • Fields are fertilized each cutting under the supervision of Helena Chemical Company and supported by annual soil testing to balance crop needs to enhance quality and productivity.  
  • Weeds are sprayed as needed and an annual application of Medina Soil activator and molasses enhance the soil to maintain its performance.
  • All hay equipment and inventory is available for sale.

 

Wildlife:

  • Dove hunting is one of the ranch’s untapped resources, being the northernmost fields on Hwy 173, sunflower or sesame production should yield a large number of birds.  
  • Farm is high fenced and cleared of big game.

Minerals: 

  • No current lease or production on the ranch. 
  • Seller will convey 50% of owned minerals upon closing.

Owners are licensed Agents with Republic Ranches.

CONTACT: Clayton Leonard

PHONE: 210-669-2782

EMAIL: claytonleonard@republicranches.com

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