NIGHT SKY RANCH
MELROSE, NEW MEXICO
The Night Sky Ranch is a well maintained ranch with excellent fences, good grazing management and a nice recently remodeled home with a porch. It is conveniently located approx. 5 miles off the pavement on a county maintained road. From the ranch it is approx. 12 miles to the nearest town of Melrose, New Mexico, where you'll find two gas stations, a bank, a restaurant, farm store etc. Another 27 miles takes you to the larger town of Clovis, NM (pop. 38,680) with a Wal-Mart, Lowes Home Improvement, hospital, livestock auction barn, veterinarian and all other amenities found in a mid-sized town. The area offers a mild climate; Average precipitation is 16.3 inches and average snowfall is 13 inches. The ranch totals 880+/- acres with 400+/- Deeded Acres and a Private Lease of 480 +/- acres.
Topography and Soils
The Clovis series consists of very deep, well drained, moderately permeable fine-sandy loam and loam soils on the plains. Other soil series present on the ranch consist of very deep, well drained, moderately permeable fine-loamy and coarse-loamy soils.
Topography of the ranch is generally flat to slightly rolling with slopes of 0-3 percent.
Grass species consists of Blue Grama, Sideoats Grama, Big Bluestem, Old World Bluestem, and other less numerous species. Shrubs are primarily yucca and forbs are present depending on precipitation.
The ranch is very well watered with an abundant water supply consisting of 3 wells (2 electric and 1 solar) delivering water into a 5,000 gallon fiberglass storage tank that distributes water to all the pastures except the northern most 160 leased acres. There are ten 8-foot tire troughs strategically located - the farthest an animal has to travel to water is around 1200 feet. The water pipeline consists of 1¼ “ 160 psi polyethylene pipe. The electric wells are 70 ft and 90 ft in depth and the solar well is 140 ft deep. All the wells are inter-connected to provide water for the house and pipeline system. A natural playa lake will periodically hold water from hard rainfall.
All fences on this ranch are in good condition. The exterior fences are four and six strand barbed wire. The interior fences are three strand 12.5 gauge electric wire and powered by solar and electric fence chargers.
The ranch is managed intensively under the concept of Holistic Range Management utilizing a rest-rotation system that benefits the grasses. There are 16 pasture on the deeded acres. The three private lease acres are divided into eight pastures. The current owners’ operation consists of a herd of Dorper sheep; the lambs are direct-marketed to customers throughout the U.S. The range management over the last few years has resulted in improvements to the vegetation and soil health.
Wildlife seen on the ranch include pronghorn antelope, mule deer, quail, dove and other bird species.
Improvements & Facilities
The 2162 sq. ft. home, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, was recently remodeled and upgraded. It has a new metal roof, cabinets, floor covering, wiring, plumbing, windows, and the bathrooms and kitchen have been modernized.
There are two metal shop/barns; One is 50x50 ft, the other is 30x50 ft. There is also a three sided shed 12x125 ft. that serves as a weather shelter and shade for the sheep.
Estimated property tax for 2020 is $698.32