Contact Info: John and Annette Schipf
1458 Swan Ranch Lane
Highwood MT 59450
Phone (406) 733-6381
· Public relation potential is moderate.
· John and Annette took over the operation from Annette’s parents. Plans are in place to allow future generations to return to the ranch.
· Cattle are pasture calved starting in March with the least amount of hay fed as possible, usually averaging 32 days.
· Forage is abundant after calving, so cow/calf pairs are bunched into small groups to flash graze pastures that received light use the previous year then return to one large for branding.
· Cow/calf pairs are quickly moved through native range and dryland seeded pastures, moving on average every 20 days, until the calves are weaned to keep up with the forage. After weaning and until calving, cows graze 5 leased pastures containing crop aftermath with native range borders.
· Ranch maintains 6 Land EKG monitoring sites (in addition to 7 Undaunted Stewardship® sites) which were installed in 1999.
· Undaunted Stewardship® photo monitoring has shown changes in species composition in a once dense clubmoss dominated range site, solely do the increasing cattle numbers, while decreasing total days use in the spring.
· Ranch is habitat for elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, bear, moose, antelope and game birds such as pheasants.
· Hunting is leased out by various hunting clubs.