About 4826 County Road 316
It's not often a property of this size or quality comes available in this area. The farm has almost 4 miles of paved FM 316 frontage and sits just a few miles south of Port Lavaca. The current owner started with just a small tract and has managed to build it to its current size it's at over the years. This ranch/farm has so much to offer from the cattleman, to the farmer, and even the waterfowl enthusiast. This property has many sources for producing income that have just begun to be recognized and implemented. Historically the ranch was used for irrigated rice production but has been utilized more so as a cattle operation over the last few years. The cow/calf operation consists of a herd of 550-650 head of cows and bulls. With so many pastures, the property has had a successful rotational grazing practice. There is a first class set of pipe cattle pens that have been constructed on the ranch. It is set up with a covered work area over the alley and cat-walk, squeeze chute, and scales, to make it easier on the cowboy and cattle alike. The ranch is a combination of improved pastures, native grasslands, wetlands, and for the first time in 9 years, 750 acres has been enhanced again for rice farming. This property has the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority canal system running throughout the ranch. This canal system gives the ranch owner the ability to purchase water for approximataley $35-$40 per acre to flood irrigate a majority of the property as needed. The GBRA canals provides a vast amount of fresh water for filling stock tanks, watering cattle, and irrigating native pasture and the improved Jigs hay fields. The canal also allow the owner to manage water structures that have been designed and implemented by Ducks unlimited and the Fish and Wildlife Service to create wetlands for migratory ducks and geese. There is even a 30 acre Crawfish pond along with all the traps and small boat that the owner has for his personal use for entertaining guests and clients during season. Other than the fine set of cattle pens on the farm and net wire fence around the perimeter, other improvements include a 75'x60' fully enclosed equipment barn with a slab. A new roof was put on after Hurricane Harvey. There is also a 10x10 walk in cooler in the barn. Additional equipment storage is available under a 175'x60' pole barn. There is also a dirt runway on the property that has been utilized by crop dusters in the past. As stated earlier, there are so many ways to create income on this property. There has been an established rice base payment that is associated with this property (Details of past payments will be made available). These payments are not a guarantee every year, but in the past have been substantial. The current farmer that has leased the property for rice farming this year is wanting to re-lease next season as well. The owner has had the opportunity to commercially sell crawfish but opted not to. Every year 10 alligator tags are issued by the state providing an easy source of income. It is also notable to discuss the income potential from a hunting standpoint. The owner is an avid waterfowl hunter. He has dedicated a great amount of time and money in creating and enhancing the wetlands as stated earlier. The amount of ducks and geese that are attracted to this farm are incredible. The waterfowl migration also is enhance by the Myrtle Whitmire Aransas Wildlife Refuge that borders a large part of this property. Recently a 2 million dollar grant was given to the refuge for overall habitat and wetland enhancement. The income potential from a waterfowl hunting aspect has been untapped but would be substantial on this property.