A Lazy K Ranch is a 3,000-acre cattle operation situated in the beautiful
mesa country above the Dry Cimarron River valley, approximately 35 miles
north of Clayton, New Mexico. The
ranch is accessed from State Highway 370 via county road that deadends at
the ranch headquarters. Mule
deer, elk, bear and turkey live the in canyons on the A Lazy K Ranch; and
pronghorn antelope roam the open grassland areas. The ranch is very well improved with a beautiful new home, an old
restored rock house, a metal barn with horse stalls, several reconditioned
rock outbuildings and excellent cattle handling facilities. The A Lazy K Ranch consists of 2,956.25 deeded acres.
TERRAIN & VEGETATION: Much of the A Lazy K Ranch is a mesa top with flat to gently rolling grama-grass country
containing 3 large, natural playa lakes that hold water year round most
years. Beautiful deep canyons on the ranch lie below the mesa rim.
Livestock graze the upper canyon areas, and mule deer and elk live
in oak brush stands found along the canyon walls. Tree cover in these areas is mostly juniper and pinion pine with
cottonwood trees along the canyon bottoms.
open, mesa top portion of the ranch has an excellent turf consisting of
two of the strongest grasses in North America, blue grama and buffalograss. Both yearlings and calves gain very well in this short grass
country that averages approximately 5400’ in elevation. This open mesa area of the ranch appears to have room for a
flying rancher to put in a landing strip. The A Lazy K Ranch lies in a 16” average annual precipitation
recent years the owner of the A Lazy K Ranch has been taking in 100 or
more cows with calves from approximately June 1st until mid
December. The calves are
usually shipped in mid-October and consistently wean at over 600 pounds.
On a year round basis, the ranch should accommodate 80 to 90 cows
and calves most years. The
ranch has plenty of cover to provide winter protection for cattle in
nearly every pasture. Most
summers the ranch should run 200 to 225 yearlings from early May to
October, with gains in the 2 pounds per day range.
LIVESTOCK WATER: The A Lazy K Ranch has abundant livestock water from 3 shallow
windmills, 2 submersible wells, 3 natural playa lakes and numerous dirt
tanks that hold water year round most years.
The submersible wells supply water through a recently installed
poly-pipe line to 11, mostly fiberglass, drinkers strategically located throughout the ranch.
2006 the owners of the A Lazy K Ranch had a very skilled local contractor
build a large, custom, 3-bedroom home with an attached 2-car garage at the
ranch headquarters. It is a beautiful home with a wood exterior and solid wood
paneling inside. The owners
remodeled the old original rock house on the ranch and use it for a guest
house. They added a 40’ X
80’ metal barn with 6 horse stalls plus hay storage for 500 small bales,
a large shop room, and a separate feed storage room for sacked feed.
A solid set of metal pens is located at the headquarters, and these
contain livestock scales, a working tub and squeeze chute, cattle truck
and trailer load-outs and a rock barn with loafing sheds.
Improvements on the A Lazy K Ranch
are very well planned and maintained.
WILDLIFE: The A Lazy K ranch is blessed with an abundance of wildlife
including mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, wild turkey and bear. The owners do not allow hunting on the ranch.
MINERALS: The owners will convey any minerals they own under the ranch to
the buyer, without warranty as to the quantity of minerals being conveyed.
TAXES: Union County real estate taxes for the ranch last year were $1,489.92.
PRICE: $1,590,000 PRICE
BROKER’S COMMENTS: The A Lazy K Ranch is a beautiful and productive ranch property
that happens to be home to many native wildlife species. It is a rancher’s ranch, but it has strong recreational amenities
as well. The owners have
created a very comfortable lifestyle in a remote part of this beautiful
area. If you are looking for
an easy-to-operate, little cattle operation in some gorgeous country, you
need to take the time to let us show you the A Lazy K Ranch in the
northeast corner of New Mexico.