Dakota Prairie Beef Feedlot - Bowman County, ND
227 +/- Acres & 6,500 Head Feedlot - Bowman County, ND
Property Note: Turn Key ready 6,500 head fully operational feedlot with room to grow (permitted for 10,000 head). Bring your equipment and start operating. Located in a strong crop area with abundant feed supplies and ethanol distillers grain 90 miles away.
Contact: Alan Butts 701.400.8858 for more information.
Driving Directions: From Bowman, ND intersection of Hwy. #85 and Hwy. #12, travel 19 miles east on Hwy. #12 to 90th St. SW, turn north at the yellow Mack GMHR truck, and go past the large pipeline storage area. Follow the road to the left around the GMHR’s facilities and around Wilson construction to Dakota Prairie Beef’s entrance.
Acres: 227 +/-
Legal: E½SE¼ 28-131-99 (80 Acres), Part of SW¼SW¼ 27-131-99 (63 Acres), Part of W½NW¼ 34-141-99 (63.8 Acres), Lot "B" 34 & Lot "A" NE¼ 33-131-99 (From Tax Records)
Pasture Acres: 40 +/-
Taxes (2022): $718.76
Located in southwestern North Dakota, in the Missouri Plateau Region, called the “banana belt” of the state with normally milder winters and less snow than the rest of the state.
The feedlot was professional designed by Brosz Engineering, Inc., Bowman, ND in 1989. It was built on the site of a closed coal mine, and has a good clay subsoil. It was built as a coop feedlot with rancher owners who committed a certain number of head per year, and the balance custom cattle.
Fred Berger, of Mandan, ND purchased the lot with others in 2005, and Fred and Arlene’s Properties, LLP took sole ownership in April of 2020. He would also continue to be a customer of the lot, as space permits.
Dakota Prairie Beef has operated at or near full capacity year around with long-term customers, as both a backgrounding and finishing lot.
These buildings were built when the lot was constructed in 1989-90:
- 57' x 90' Office & Processing Barn
- 42' x 65' 3-Bay Heated Shop
- 33' x 45' Horse Barn w/tack room
Significant improvements have been made since Fred Berger has owned and managed the lot, including building a 32' x 52' water storage building with heated floor, and containing two 25,000 gal tanks fed by two wells, which supplies water to the pens.
Here is a list of the major improvement made:
- 3-Phase Electrical Power
- 32' x 52' Water Building with Heated Floor
- 45' x 100' 5-Bay Commodity Shed with 80' x 100' -8 in. Concrete Pad for Loading Feed Trucks
- New Well – Scheduled for Drilling in 2023
Dakota Prairie Beef has access to a 10' x 50' truck scale owned by GMHR
Items that will sell with the feedlot:
- Sooner 10' x 20' Livestock Scale (10' x 20')
- For-Most Tub & Alley
- Silencer Chute & Pump
- 2-Brock Steel Bins – 4,000 bu.
- 3-Poly Liquid Tanks – 5,500 gallon
- Fiberdome Bin
- Micarta Bin – 2,500 bu.
- Amberwave Bin – 3,500 bu.
- 10' x 48' Harsh Denver Roller Mill with 2 Sets of Rollers
- Westfield WRX 10-61 Auger
- Westfield MK 130x91 Auger
Climate in Southwest, North Dakota
Southwest North Dakota enjoys a temperate climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters. Summers typically reach temperatures in the 70s and 80s, with an occasional 90 to 100 degrees while during certain winter months temperatures can range from the single digits to the teens. Precipitation in Southwest North Dakota, averages around 18 to 23 inches per year, and snowfall tends to be light, with only around 20-25 inches per season.
On average, there are 200 sunny days per year, with about 76 days with some kind of precipitation. One of the strong advantages of feeding in southwestern North Dakota is relatively low humidity, and on hot days the nights cool down to a comfortable level.
North Dakota produces about 850,000 calves per year, but only feeds about 40,000 to finish weight. A sizeable number of calves are shipped out of state in the fall of the year as weaner calves or short-term backgrounded calves to be fed in other states. North Dakota has the advantage of an abundant supply of cattle available for feeding, with many traveling by this feedlot 20 miles to the west on Hwy. #85. The advantage of feeding to finish weight in North Dakota is the lower priced feed supply, and better summertime feeding conditions.
Soil boring, completed by Knife River Coal Mining Company when they closed the mine, show a good layer of clay from 3’ to 20’. The area in the sediment basin and evaporation pond has been strip mined and the clay layer is 40’ to 50’ in depth.
There are several monitoring wells located on the property that can be utilized to ensure there is limited impact to ground water.
The manure is presently utilized by Gascoyne Materials Handling & Recycling, LLC for blending with railroad cars hydrocarbon clean out for composting and then fertilizer when approved by the ND.
Two wells supply the two 25,000 water tanks in the newly built water building. Presently the original well drilled before the feedlot was built has failed, and a new well is scheduled to be drilled this fall.
The present well is about 70-80 feet deep, with a static water level of about 20’, and pumps 35-40 gpm.