IX Ranch is a Model Multigenerational Montana Ranch

which produces exceptional quality livestock. IX Ranch is dedicated to long-term value creation for our shareholders, management, employees, and customers. Enlightened utilization and conservation of natural resources and superior economic returns are the primary bench marks of accomplishments.

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Eagle Creek

The Eagle Creek ranch is located 18 miles southeast of Big Sandy on the Warrick Road. This part of the ranch is more mountainous as it sits up against the southeastern edge of the Bear Paw mountain range. Aspen groves and Evergreen Trees are abundant here. Range grasses include most species of Wheat Grass, Blue Grama, and Timothy.

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NL

The NL ranch is located 30 miles southeast of Big Sandy on the Cow Island Trail. This ranch was added to the operation in 1969 and is home to over 400 cow/calf pairs during the spring, summer and fall. During the winter months, the ranch utilizes the NL to pasture and feed 1,000 mother cows.

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Seifert

The Seifert ranch is located 24 miles south of Big Sandy off of Highway 236. Over 400 cows are calved here every spring as well as the feeding of 450 three-year olds and 500 older cows during the winter months. A 400 acre center pivot produces cereal grains and alfalfa as part of the ranch's crop rotation plan.

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Whitcraft

The Whitcraft ranch, located 5 miles southeast of Big Sandy is the hub of all ranch operations. The majority of all shipping, calving, weaning, testing and hay production takes place here. Owner and Vice President, Richard Roth, his two children Jessica and Ryan along with Todd Amsbaugh, COO of the West Division and his wife Paula reside at the Whitcraft.

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Sorting Time

Aug 15 2014

Posted In: News | By: Rich Roth

Every August the IX crew gathers and sorts between 1600 & 1800 cow/calf pairs into fall grazing groups.  By sorting steer and heifer pairs, we are able to better manage available fall grass as well as expedite calf weaning and shipping in October.  The whole process takes 4-5 days but sorting only a few long […]

Ultra-sounding Replacement Heifers

Aug 15 2014

Posted In: News | By: Rich Roth

“Remember, the most important thing is these cattle.”  One of my grandfathers famous quotes…along with a few others that will be saved for another time.  Aside from carefully managing the water and land resources, making sure we have sustainable cow numbers is managements most important objective.  And it all starts with our replacement heifers.  Each […]

Stockwater

Aug 15 2014

Posted In: News | By: Rich Roth

Good reliable stock water is the lifeblood of our operation.  Without it, much of the range land we have would be unavailable for grazing.  The IX has over 90 stock water developments and much of our time and resources are devoted to these over the summer to ensure livestock have adequate drinking water.

Summertime Fencing

Aug 15 2014

Posted In: News | By: Rich Roth

When we aren’t haying we are repairing and building fences around the ranch.  The IX has over 200 miles of border fence not including  interior fence lines.  This means that we are fencing whenever we have time.  Technology and improved equipment such as hydraulic post pounders and UTV’s have made repairing and building fence much […]

Summer Riding Fun

Jul 23 2014

Posted In: News | By: Rich Roth

There isn’t a lot of riding in the summer as most of the cattle are turned out on big range.  However, there are a few rides that everyone looks forward to, one of them being the Woodland gather.   600 yearlings can be a pain to gather in any setting but add mountains and a […]

Livestock For Sale

Each year we offer a selection of steer calves and yearling heifers from a long line of cows that date back to the mid 50’s when the ranch was 100% Hereford. Through the decades the ranch has adapted to the changing markets by taking advantage of genetics to improve heterosis and performance. Today the ranch’s cow herd is nearly 50% Black Angus and the offspring produced are both black and red in color.

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Big Sandy, Montana