Ranches & Farms (for sale) in Horsefly, B.C.
Ranches and Farms for sale in the Cariboo area of B.C. is what Horsefly Realty Ltd is specialized in.
There is generally a good selection of Ranches and Farms for sale available in the area. The land is fertile valley soil and there is ample water throughout the area from various lakes, creeks and rivers.
Many of the Ranches in the area have crown land grazing permits. This is leased Crown Land that usually surrounds the ranch. The lease is with the Ministry of Forests and there will be a fee each year – the amount depends on the amount of cattle grazing. The Ranches are able to get their cattle off their deeded land and on to the Crown Range, usually from May to September (these dates vary depending on the specific permit). Then the Ranches have their fields free to make more hay and field crops. Typically Ranches could apply for range for the amount of cattle they are able to feed with the crops produced on the land.
The Ranches have an obligation to maintain the range land with good environmental stewardship and to keep watch over their cattle.
Good land managers will move their cattle around the range over the summer so they don’t stay in one area and over graze it, while other areas do not get used. Most grazing permit areas in the East Cariboo have lots of water and treed areas for cover for the cattle. In some cases Crown Grazing permits can be used for horses as well.
Most Ranches produce various types of forage crops to feed their cattle & horses. An average production rate to expect would be 1 ½ tons per acre – there are many years where that would be a low estimate, and some where it would be high. Ranches in the Horsefly area generally do not require irrigation but it certainly increases production.
Most rely on spring rains to get the crop going and once the hay is a decent height the ground stays moist until haying time – usually July or August – depending on the weather.
Ranches in the Horsefly area are lucky to have 2 good abattoirs in the vicinity. Rodear Meats in the Beaver Valley (250-243-2340) and Spokin Lake Meats (250-296-4355) closer to150 Mile House, are both approved facilities with good road access.
There are other facilities available for meat processing as well: Laffers Custom Cutting in Horsefly, 150 Mile Meats, and Margetts Meats in Williams Lake.
Horsefly has many smaller Ranches & Farms that produce a variety of products on smaller parcels of land. Beef, pork, chicken, rabbit, eggs, fruits & vegetables are sold at local markets.
Ranches and Farms for sale in the area now are: McCauley Lake Ranch, Big Bear Ranch and various other farms and acreages.
Horsefly has six different valleys in it’s watershed that offer fertile bottom land for Ranches & Farms.
The Beaver Valley Road connecting Horsefly and Likely Road is a beautiful valley that has many working Ranches & Farms. Beaver Creek and its’ tributaries flow through the valley from Horsefly all the way through to the Quesnel River. There is a micro climate created in the valley and it is well know for its’ longer growing season and warmer weather.
The Horsefly Quesnel Lake Road heads north from the village and is home to a couple of very large Ranches & Farms.
The lower part of the Horsefly River flows through this valley and it has some of the lower elevations in the area.
Horsefly Lake Road heads north east and is in the valley created by the Little Horsefly River – the outflow of Horsefly Lake. There are many pretty Ranches and Farms along this stretch of road that leads to the Horsefly Lake Provincial Park. Some of them are the one of the kind ranches, farms for sale in BC.
Black Creek Road is the headwaters of the Horsefly River and has 30 km of fertile bottom land with Ranches and Farms. The Land Conservancy owns and manages several km of riverfront. Black Creek Road is pretty drive heading up into the Mountains toward Well’s Gray Park.
The 108 Roads heads south of Horsefly, toward Lac La Hache. This is a historic route that brought the first miners to the area in 1859. There are many productive Ranches & Farms along Moffat Creek that flows through the valley, and into the Horsefly River at the townsite.
There is a waterfall on this road, about 7 km out that is worth a stop.
The Horsefly Road leading to Horsefly from 150 Mile House is also home to many historic Ranches & Farms. The 153 Mile Ranch, and the Pioneer ranch are interesting sights and there are many, many others along the scenic drive to Horsefly.
Ranches & Farms for sale in the area right now are: McCauley Lake Ranch, Big Bear Ranch and various smaller acreages.
Linda Bartsch, owner/broker of Horsefly Realty Ltd is familiar with all of these areas and the Ranches & Farms (for sale) that operate there. Call Linda for details and to find out what is available at a given time. www.horseflyrealty.ca