Dwain Nunez

New Agent for New Mexico

I Graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1977 and graduated from ENMU on May 10, 1991 with a degree in Accounting. I was raised in various parts of NM from Tucumcari, Cuba, Santa Fe, Portales and Las Cruces. I grew up in a ranching and farming family setting. My grandparents owned a ranch West of Roswell until my grandmother’s death in 2000. I ranched in the Quay Valley for 10 years. In 1996, I moved my family closer to town and closer to the Farm Credit office.

My wife and I reside in Placitas, NM. I am married and have two grown children and two grandchildren. I enjoy my time with my family the most. I also enjoy hunting, fishing and working (believe it or not).

I enjoy being involved in the community. In the past I have been involved with Associates of Commerce and Industry, NM Junior Livestock Foundation, New Mexico Ag Leadership and the Presbyterian Hospital board serving on the finance committee. I also served as a board member on the Quay county fair and volunteered for the Elks bingo and gaming committee, Tucumcari Economic Development Committee and the Mesa Tech Rodeo Board/advisory committee.

I worked for Farm Credit of New Mexico for 25 years starting in 1991. I began my career with Farm Credit in the Tucumcari office as a loan officer and took over management in 1999. I transferred to Albuquerque in 2000 and became Branch Manager of the Albuquerque/Tucumcari offices in 2004. My primary goal was to provide agriculture-related financing to the northern half of New Mexico. Over the course of my career, I established long-term relationships with customers throughout the United States including Hawaii.

My personal goals include making the dreams of others come true. I like working with people to fulfill their dreams such as first time buyers, expansion of existing agricultural operations and bringing their children back into their family business. I like working with new and existing customers in acquiring property or helping them sell their property. I like the challenges in marketing and building relationships with new or existing customers. The personal reward of making and landing the ‘big deals’ is motivating and inspires me to set higher goals. It’s personally rewarding to see all customers reach their goals.

I have had the opportunity to work with many brokers, title companies and attorney’s over the past 25 years. The single largest real estate broker I have been fortunate to work with is Chas. S. Middleton and Son. We have formed a working relationship that has played a large part in my successful career. I have been given the opportunity to continue to work with Chas. S. Middleton and Son, which will allow me to continue to work with people looking to buy or sell agriculture property. I will bring with me my business and personal relationships, knowledge of financing, thorough understanding of ranching and farming and familiarity of the many ranches in New Mexico.

I look forward to this new chapter of my life and will continue to work with long-time customers and establish new relationships. This is a great time to be involved in the agricultural industry in and around New Mexico. The opportunities available to buyers and sellers is unlike anywhere else in the U.S. and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Feel free to contact Dwain for your real estate needs.

Cell Phone: 505.236.7868

Email: dwain@csmandson.com

Hutch Septima Ranch For Sale in the Mountains of Rio Arriba County, New Mexico

Location: The ranch is approximately 16 miles east of Tierra Amarilla on Highway 64.

Acres: The Acme Ranch is comprised of 5,463 +/- Deeded Acres.

Terrain: The Hutch Septima is comprised of two physically separated parcels making up the 5,464 acres. The Hutch portion is located immediately off Highway 64 at the highest elevations of the Brazos Ridge. The Septima portion is located SE of the Hutch. It is accessed via private easement and is estimated to encompass 1,600 pristine acres at the end of the road. This parcel adjoins the Carson National Forest on its south and west boundaries. The lowest elevations run 9,750 +/- feet and the highest elevations run 10, 650 +/- feet. Terrain varies from beautiful rolling open parks and meadows to moderately steep dense conifer forests to rolling solitary and mixed aspen stands. Primary grass forage is mountain brome, some timothy, native bluestem, and strawberry clover. In early summer, there are seas of wildflowers including wild blue iris, mountain columbine, daisies, yellow rose bushes, and sunflowers. Fall colors on the Hutch Septima are stunning.

Tree canopies throughout the property consist of quaking Aspen, Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, and many more. The Hutch Septima Ranch includes stands of merchantable timber within its borders that have 12 inch diameters at breast height. While there is no recent timber cruise available, there is sufficient reason to believe that there is inherent timber value on the ranch.

The historical operation of Hutch Septima Ranch has been cattle grazing and big game hunting. Over time, grazing yearlings or mother cows with calves has been the primary livestock tenure. The condition, quality, and quantity of the grass production is superb. The owners believe that balanced grazing of mountain acclimated cows and calves or yearlings is reasonable given the wildlife feed requirements on the ranch.

The water sources on Hutch Septima include innumerable natural springs, Rio de Tierra Amarilla Creek, which originates on this property, and another stream that is near the main cabin. Springs on the ranch provide ample water in earth tanks for livestock which also attract wildlife. Small wetland areas are scattered throughout property. The two main streams flow year round – high in early summer and lower in late summer. These headwaters ultimately drain into the Chama River. There are a couple of larger ponds on the ranch that we believe, with a modern aeration system, could support trout for fun filled fishing. Rio de Tierra Creek is a native cutthroat fishery at its upper reaches. Because these streams are small, one must have stealth and good presentation techniques to get one of these fish to take your fly.

Access: Access is provided by paved highway frontage.

Improvements: The Septima portion is improved with a large cabin at one site and a smaller cabin approximately 1/4 mile away. Both are set up to allow for an efficient elk hunting operation.

Hunting/Recreation: Besides fishing in the creeks and streams, the ranch offers exceptional hunting opportunities. Big game hunting on the ranch consists of bull elk, buck mule deer, bear, and cougar. Merriam turkey and grouse are present throughout the ranch as well. The ranch is currently enrolled in New Mexico’s E- Plus landowner elk system. This year the ranch will receive 16 bull elk, 7 either sex archery elk, and 10 antlerless (cow) elk authorizations. An owner can run his or her own hunting operation or lease the hunting rights to a reputable outfitter on a cash lease basis.

Additional recreational amenities nearby include Abiquiu, El Vado, Heron and Hopewell Lakes. Approximately 30 miles north of The Hutch Septima lies the community of Chama and the famous Chama to Antonito narrow gauge railroad train ride. Winter time brings a different beauty and opportunity for cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

Approximately fifty miles east, via highway 64, sits Taos, the world famous art colony, Indian pueblo, and renowned Taos Ski Valley. Going north and west a bit more is Pagosa Springs Colorado and Wolf Creek Pass. Santa Fe is an easy 2 hour drive south. Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest metro, is 150 miles south of and offers all the services needed, including an international airport.

Remarks: The Hutch Septima is a must have for anyone needing a mountain sanctuary. This ranch offers beauty, an excellent location, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and unbelievable beauty under the stars at night, and physical views are breathtaking. The photos do not do it justice.

Price: The Hutch Septima Ranch is a one of a kind property. Ownership of ranch property at this type of elevation is rare. The Hutch Septima provides privacy, beauty, recreation, live water, and a bit of cash flow via hunting and grazing. This rare offering is priced to sell on today’s rising market at $1,850 per acre. If you have been searching for a beautiful northern New Mexico ranch this offering deserves your utmost consideration.

The ranch lies within a special zone of protection under a comprehensive set of stringent land use regulations due to the live springs and streams, which render mineral development impracticable. Real Estate taxes on the Hutch Septima Ranch were $2,580 in 2016.

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Nimrod Ranch For Sale in Haskell County, TX

Land For Sale Offering Outstanding Waterfowl Hunting

Location:  The Nimrod Ranch is located in the northern part of Haskell County, approximately 9 miles southeast of Knox City and 10 miles north of Haskell. The property is situated on the east side of FM 2163 and west side of graded County Road 207.

Acres:  1,167.25 +/- Acres

History:  In the early 1950’s, the playa lakes located on the property were drained and converted to cropland uses. In the 1990’s the property was purchased by its current owner and enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program. This program, which was administered by the Natural Resource Conservation Service, offered landowners the opportunity to protect and enhance wetlands in exchange for long-term protections of the land. Through the WRP, the lakes were reconstructed. Since the completion of the restoration, the property has served as a waterfowl hunter’s paradise. There are 200 acres not enrolled in the program that serve as the headquarters for the property and a site for future construction of additional structures.

Terrain:  The property is primarily level to gently sloping. Elevations range from 1,550 feet MSL along the west boundary, descending to the northeast to 1,520 feet MSL near the northeast corner. A seasonal draw meanders through the central portion of the property, draining to the two playa lakes. The ranch is primarily open and a combination of native and improved pasture. Scattered concentrations of hardwoods are located along the drainages. There are two cultivated food plots. A 35-acre+/- food plot is located just south of the headquarters in the western part of the property. A 50-acre+/- food plot is located in the southeast part of the property.

Water Features:  The ranch is located in a very unique area of the Texas Rolling Plains. The property is situated in a chain of natural lakes, which are situated in and amongst fields of fertile cropland, which provide feed sources for the wintering waterfowl. These lakes are located between the small communities of Rochester and Weinert in southern Knox County and northern Haskell County. The central features of this one of a kind property are two restored playa lakes. The large lake in the central part of the property is known as Zahn Lake. When full, this lake is approximately 300 acres in size, with a depth of 4 feet. When Zahn Lake fills, an overflow drainage canal channels water to Johnson Lake. This lake, when full, is approximately 100 acres in size at a depth of 2 feet.

Improvements:  Structural improvements include a rustic corrugated metal barn with a lean-to on the west and east sides. The interior has been remodeled into a living area with wood panel walls and acoustic tile ceiling. The barn has a rainwater collection system. Runoff flows from the roof to two 3,000-gallon water storage tanks. The water is purified and pumped to a sink and an outdoor shower.

Hunting and Recreation:  As previously stated, the Nimrod Ranch is truly a waterfowl hunter’s paradise. Each year, tens of thousands of specklebelly geese, lesser Canadian geese, snow geese, Ross’s goose and different species of ducks make their way down the Central Flyway to northern Haskell County. The waterfowl are highly concentrated in this 30-square mile area of limited water features. The birds come to feast on the nearby irrigated peanuts. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, approximately 100,000 geese make their way to the area each year.

Although the ranch is known as a waterfowl destination, quality white-tail deer, dove, quail and coyotes are known to inhabit the ranch.

Remarks:  The Nimrod Ranch is truly a unique offering. The ranch offers exceptional waterfowl hunting within 2.5 hours of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. The area encompassing the ranch was featured in an article entitled “Big Country Geese” in the December 2016 issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. This one of a kind property, it is reasonably priced at $1,885 per acre.


Red Mountain Ranch :: Sandoval County, NM

19,145 Acres of Deeded Lands Intermingled with State Trust Land and BLM

Location: We are privileged to have the exclusive listing on a very scenic ranch in the beautiful western foothills of the Jemez Mountains in the northwest central area of New Mexico. This outstanding offering is commonly known as the Red Mountain Ranch.

The Red Mountain Ranch offers scenic beauty, and we must emphasize the extremely convenient location to Albuquerque, which is New Mexico’s largest metro. At 60+/- miles northwest of Albuquerque, it’s an easy one hour drive to the ranch headquarters.

Acres: 19,145 Total Acres
7,880 Deeded Acres – 3,178 Acres State Trust – 8,087 Acres BLM

A majority of the leased property is intermingled within the interior of Red Mountain Ranch. With these leased lands being intermingled within the deeded, not having public access, entrance gates to the ranch can be locked, allowing an owner to control vehicle access into the ranch and blocking public hunters and any other public traffic.

History: Historical operation of this ranch has been to graze approximately 250+/- animal unit cattle year long, with the addition of big game hunting opportunities in the fall, either by the owners and their guests or by lease to an outfitter.

Terrain: Characterized as a rimrock terrain, Red Mountain Ranch has many areas covered with pinon juniper trees. Minor amounts of Ponderosa Pine can be found at locations within the ranch boundaries. Cottonwoods dot the Rio Puerco stream bed and Fall colors along the Rio Puerco are spectacular. Open rolling sage flats are located at various sites within the ranch where big buck Mule Deer make their homes.

Elevations on the ranch vary from 6,300′ on the south near the headquarters to 7,000′ along the rimrock areas on the north.

The Rio Puerco, a small ephemeral stream, traverses the entire east boundary of the ranch for an estimated 8+ miles. The Rio Puerco forms in the San Pedro Peaks Wilderness area of the Jemez Mountains. The stream flows generally south and southwest, leaving the mountains and National Forest near the village of Cuba. From there the river flows generally south. It flows along the east side of the Red Mountain Ranch, also the west side of the Jemez Indian Reservation, then between Mesa San Luis and Mesa Chivato on its course to the Rio Grande. Having a stream of this nature on any lands in New Mexico is a true blessing, as this source of water is the life blood for wildlife and livestock making Red Mountain Ranch their home.

Water: The livestock water system on the Red Mountain Ranch is supplied by six electric wells located primarily along the Rio Puerco stream bed. In addition, two windmills supply water to livestock. There are 40+ earth stock tanks, many of which were recently cleaned of silt, located strategically throughout the ranch. The Rio Puerco itself seasonally provides a source of livestock water over a major portion of the ranch. Ranch management currently has the stream bed area fenced off, as gathering livestock can be challenging due to the thick brush cover located along the stream bed itself.

Access: The improvements are located conveniently off paved Cerro de los Pinos Road near the small historic community of San Luis.

Improvements: The headquarters is improved with a 7 year old three bedroom, two bath owner’s home, a single wide mobile home to accommodate hunting guests, an insulated shop, livestock shelters, storage buildings, shipping pens and scales. Water to the headquarters is provided by the San Luis/Cabezon Municipal Domestic Water Association.

The ranch is fenced into eight pastures and traps. Interior and exterior fencing is comprised generally of four and five strand barbed wire. However, the rugged rimrocks also serve as natural boundaries to confine livestock within various pastures. Aluminum and/or wire gates along with two track roads provide access to all major pastures on the ranch. Fencing is functional and is considered to be in fair condition.

Hunting/Recreation: Primary big game wildlife on Red Mountain Ranch consists of elk, mule deer, and an occasional Aoudad (Barbary Sheep).

The ranch is located in the southeast area of New Mexico’s Game Management Unit (GMU) 7. Year in and year out, this unit produces some nice quality bull elk and exceptional mule deer. The ranch is currently enrolled in the New Mexico Game and Fish Department’s E Plus System and receives 4 Mature Bull, 3 Either Sex Archery, and 3 Antlerless Elk Authorizations.

Additional hunting opportunities are offered via the public draw system whereby a hunter draws a license and hunts deeded lands on the ranch with written permission from the owner. The ranch is also enrolled in the Game Department’s Mule Deer Conservation Tag program. With qualified habitat improvements, the Game Department offers incentive to complete improvements whereby additional licenses are made available to hunt during prime timeframes for big bucks.

Other game making the Red Mountain Ranch home are bear, lion, bobcat, fox, coyote, numerous small game species and birds. With proper management and development, a recreational hunting operation is a viable supplemental income source on this ranch.

Remarks: Not to be overlooked are the aesthetics found in the area of the Red Mountain Ranch. Cabezon and the Jemez Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for Red Mountain Ranch. The snowcapped Jemez region is spectacular during winter months. To the south lies Cabezon and the notable volcanic rock plugs making up the eastern boundary area of Mesa Chivato, Mt. Taylor and Mesa Prieta. The unspoiled scenery in and around Red Mountain Ranch contributes to the theme of New Mexico being the “Land of Enchantment”.

In addition to the scenic beauty, we must emphasize the extremely convenient location to Albuquerque, which is New Mexico’s largest metro. At 60+/- miles northwest of Albuquerque, it’s an easy one hour drive to the ranch headquarters.

In summary, the Red Mountain Ranch has most everything an owner would require, being not only a scenic livestock ranch, but also a property that is conveniently located to the state’s largest metro.

If you have been searching for a beautiful legacy ranch, reasonably priced, with the added benefit of hunting income potential, this offering deserves your attention. The Red Mountain Ranch is essentially a “turn key” offering that is ready to operate and enjoy.

Price: This working livestock ranch, with equipment and cattle included is priced to sell on today’s market at $3,717,000


New Mexico Roundhouse

New Mexico in the Crosshairs

The terrible legislative actions that plague the entire west coast are moving east. Washington, Oregon, and California are all subject to firearm restriction affecting all law abiding owners. New Mexico is now struggling to stave off the onslaught of this attack on the 2nd Amendment.

Late Friday evening, the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee approved Bloomberg-backed House Bill 50, sponsored by state Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), along a 7-6 party line vote.  Thank you to the members of the committee who opposed this intrusive, ineffective and unenforceable gun control measure: House Minority Leader Nate Gentry (R-ABQ), Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), Rep. Zach Cook (R-Ruidoso), Rep. Jim Dines (R-ABQ), Rep. Greg Nibert (R-Roswell), and Rep. Bill Rehm (R-ABQ).

The bill author offered, and the committee adopted, a substitute bill which is actually worse than the original legislation!  While the restrictions on temporary gun transfers in HB 50 as introduced contained poorly-worded and inadequate exceptions for hunting, competitions, shooting range activities, and some self-defense situations, those exemptions are GONE.  Instead, the measure now contains a blanket requirement that any transfer or loan of a firearm lasting more than five days be conducted through a federal firearm licensed dealer – which will involve government paperwork, a background check and payment of an undetermined fee.

If you plan to let a friend borrow your rifle for a week-long hunting trip or shooting competition, it would require a trip to an FFL.  If you want to provide your girlfriend a handgun for protection while you’re gone on an extended business trip, you must get government permission.  If you are a military service member who has been deployed and wishes to leave personal firearms with a trusted friend, you would have to go through the same process.  Fail to do so and you could face up to just under a year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine, or both.  A second violation carries a felony penalty and loss of firearm rights.  Further, the bill continues to limit your ability to sell your own guns to non-immediate family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and fellow gun club members.

Father and son enjoying a hunting trip together in New Mexico.

Bloomberg’s national gun control organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, has targeted New Mexico with a campaign of misinformation and their radical restrictions on how you sell or transfer your private property.  They will make a full push for passage of this measure in the House next week, so it is critical that your state Representatives hear from you!

Please Take Action and urge your state Representative to OPPOSE the Committee Substitute for HB 50.  If you don’t know who your House member is, please click here.

In addition to the dozens of NRA members who stayed late on Friday to testify against HB 50, a special thank you also goes out to the following members of the pro-Second Amendment law enforcement community who attended the hearing in opposition to the bill: Sheriff Tony Mace and Undersheriff Michael Munk (Cibola County), Sheriff Louis Burkhard and Undersheriff Mark Shea (Valencia County), Sheriff Mike Lucero (Guadalupe County), Sheriff Raymond Gutierrez (Harding County), and Undersheriff Mark Reeves (Curry County).  All 33 Sheriffs in New Mexico stand firmly in opposition to House Bill 50.

IF you have relatives in NM, call them to make sure they are aware of what is about to overtake their rights as americans! Be sure they call their legislators whether Democrat of Republican. many of our hunting and shooting sports democrats will be shocked at what is being proposed. this must be stopped in its tracks! No one in New Mexico is sure what the governor will do if faced to sign this bill. Right now, citizens believe she will sign it.

Originally written by the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) 




We are proud to have Cooper and his wife Holly on our team at Chas. S. Middleton and Son. An exceptional family and extraordinary people.

If you are looking for an agent that understands agriculture and ranching, you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than Cooper Cogdell.


The sun begins to peek over the caprock of the Tule Ranch in Briscoe County, Texas. Cooper Cogdell walks out his front door, coffee mug in hand, ready to face the full day ahead of him. A warm golden glow begins to fill the deep canyons where Cooper heads to gather cattle, living out his dream.

Since Cooper was a little boy, he knew he wanted to be a cowboy like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him. But, he also dreamed of being a Red Raider. While at Texas Tech, Cooper studied agricultural economics and was a member of the Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team. During his undergraduate education, he spent three years on the winning collegiate ranch horse team and coached the team for two years while getting his master’s degree.

“It was probably the most rewarding experience that I’ve ever had,” Cooper said, “The opportunities it presented were something I’ll never give up. The people I met through coaching, and the things I learned while coaching my peers, were beyond beneficial. It was challenging, no doubt. I learned some very good life lessons.”

Holly Cogdell, Cooper’s wife and fellow Tech alum, says her husband definitely used his gifts while coaching the ranch horse team.

“He’s good at teaching people,” Holly said. “He’s good at explaining things, and he’s patient. I feel that being the coach he got to share some of those gifts. He did a good job.”

Cooper worked with many leaders in the stock horse industry including Kim Lindsey and the late Kris Wilson. He credits his experiences with the team to helping him become a better horseman and rancher, which would come to play a larger role down the road.

In January 2013 while Cooper was coaching and finishing out his last year as a graduate student, he and Holly got married. After graduation, the couple stayed in Lubbock and Cooper accepted a job with Plains Capital Bank as a credit analyst.

“I never thought I’d be in an office, wearing a suit every day,” Cooper said. “But, I worked with a lot of great people and learned a lot from that side of the desk.”

Although they cherished their friends and jobs in Lubbock, Cooper and Holly ached to be on the Cogdell family’s historic Tule Ranch where Cooper grew up.

“I really wanted to be a part of that,” Holly said, “a part of raising my future children on the ranch, in the home, but also on the ranch with Cooper. I wanted us all to be together,” said Holly with a grin. “After we got married, all I wanted to do was be a ranch wife. I was just so excited about that. I think I had a very picturesque idea of what being a ranch wife meant.”

Doors opened and closed, not allowing an opportunity for the young couple to move back to the ranch until the spring of 2015.

“We just didn’t have a peace about coming back here yet until April of 2015,” Holly said. “I remember the specific weekend we came home and were helping brand calves. Cooper and I both had the same feeling of ‘It’s time to come home. We’re ready.’ That next week I found out I was pregnant. It was meant to be.”

Cooper is the fourth generation of the Cogdell family to return and continue the family’s ranching legacy.

“I feel like in the population as a whole, we’re definitely seen as a minority,” Cooper said. “There are not many young people wanting to come back and do this anymore, just because it is so hard – the financial burden of it and the resources available.”

Cooper understands why young adults have a hard time returning to the family operation.

 – I feel like in the population as a whole,
we’re definitely seen as a minority. –

Cooper Cogdell

“With the estate taxes and other expenses, it’s just so hard to keep ranching anymore,” he said. “A lot of people work all their lives to get to this point. They want to retire and buy a ranch and raise cattle. For me to have the opportunity to come back home after college and ranch as a living, I feel very blessed.”

Cooper saddles as the sun peeks over the horizon.

Cooper and Holly run their own commercial cattle and also have a partnership with Cooper’s brother, Blaze and his wife Lottie, while assisting their father, Dick.

“We’ve been talking a lot about simplifying things,” Cooper said. “Buying more land is expensive. It’s not always easy to make it work. This is why we’ve thought and prayed about it so much, about partnering and trying to be more effective in the way we run a business and the way we ranch.”

Not only have the Cogdell’s been a successful cattle ranching family  for over 100 years, but they also raise their own ranch horses and have produced many great cutting horses for the show pen.

Cooper said one challenge that comes with a family ranching operation is the lack of separation between work and home, making it easy to drag work problems into family problems.

“But we’ve been blessed,” he said. “Our family gets along really well. When we’re working cattle, it is usually just family. Nowadays, we’ve got so many cousins and aunts and uncles. Everybody just jumps in and helps out.”

The original Tule Ranch, founded in 1954, is currently supporting seven Cogdell families. Many evenings you can find a handful of grandkids gathered at their Nana Bette’s home, discussing cutting horses and old family stories, or at one of the aunts’ and uncles’ houses for supper and a highly competitive pick-up basketball game on the caliche drive way. The care and mutual respect that runs through the family is beyond evident, as well as their love for the ranch and the land they call home.

“Being amongst the Lord’s creation, the land becomes a part of you,” Cooper said.

“Especially these canyons. They’ve always been special to our family. They’re so tough on cattle, vehicles, people, and horses, but there’s something majestic about them – just the ruggedness of them. It’s an art form that God created and we get to live in them.”

The canyons that run through the Tule Ranch are considered part of the eminent Palo Duro Canyon.

“The stuff that you experience out here are things you can’t experience anywhere else. Dealing with animals, the joy and pain of life, learning responsibility, and work ethic, you just don’t see that much anymore,” Cooper said.

Stirring a pot of soup on the stove, Holly paused looking down at her 10-month-old daughter, McCrae, playing on the floor.

“I think agriculture, in general, really requires you to trust in a higher power and trust in something bigger than yourself, because you don’t have control of the animals, or the rain, or the grass growing, or any of that,” she said. “All you can do is your very best to be a good steward. It makes you realize that there’s something bigger going on and to trust that God is in control of it.”

– I think agriculture, in general, really requires you to trust in a higher power. –
Holly Cogdell

The young couple agrees ranching is not where their hope is found, but where their joy is found. No matter how challenging it may get, ranching is what they love to do, and it’s a desire the Lord put in their hearts.

Spurs scraping against the porch steps, Cooper swipes off his hat and shuffles his way inside his simple ranch home. Kissing Holly on the forehead, he scoops up his baby girl and says a silent prayer of thankfulness for the life he feels blessed to live and the dream he gets to live daily.

Written and photographs by Emily McCartney, senior Agricultural Communications student at TTU

Originally posted as part of the Agriculturalist magazine. This magazine is produced by senior Agricultural Communications students from Texas Tech University.

Acme Ranch SunsetAcme Ranch For Sale in Southeastern Colorado Las Animas County 19,446 Ac. All Deeded

Location: The ranch is located in Las Animas County near the ranching community of Trinchera.

Acres: The Acme Ranch is comprised of 19,446 +/- Deeded Acres.

Terrain: The terrain of the property varies from elevated ridges to rolling and sloping hill sides, descending to productive live water creek bottoms. Much of the ranch has an open appearance, but fractured rock ledges are found along creek bottom side slopes and these rougher areas of the ranch have scattered to moderate canopies of juniper.

Portions of the ranch offer excellent winter protection for livestock and also serve as good habitat for wildlife. Overall, elevations range from approximately 5,600 feet in the creek bottoms to around 6,000 feet on the elevated uplands.

The ranch supports a good variety of palatable native grasses with scattered cholla cactus and chemise found in the open prairie country, along with juniper and oak being present on rocky ridge lines and creek drainages.

Average precipitation is approximately 14 – 15 inches annually and winter snowfall generally amounts to several feet per year.

Water: The Acme Ranch is considered to be extremely well watered by several wells/windmills, a very extensive waterline network with large livestock drinking troughs and several live water creeks. Totally, the ranch has approximately 6 miles of year round, dependable live water creeks. Water quality is good. Other water sources include several earthen ponds.

Access: Access is provided by paved US Highways and graded county roads.

Improvements: The ranch is adequately fenced and cross-fenced. Structural improvements include a good metal barn/shop building and a frame storage building. Recently, a very substantial set of pipe shipping pens were built on the ranch. These pens are extremely well designed for ease of handling cattle and serve as a great addition to the property. The ranch has historically been operated as a 400 cow ranch, but could be operated on a seasonal basis for grazing yearlings.

Hunting/Recreation: In addition to ranching, hunting opportunities are available on the Acme Ranch. Antelope are common throughout the open prairie areas, with whitetail deer found in some of the creek bottoms and mule deer and elk being fairly common in the rougher elevated ridges and more broken creek bottom country.

The Acme Ranch is located in Colorado Parks and Wildlife game management unit 140. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region, which includes Unit 140, has hunting seasons allocated for antelope, deer and elk. Unit 140 has antler restrictions on elk which require 4 points or more on one side, which aids bull elk to reach maturity and full horn growth potential.

Elk hunting in Unit 140 consists of an archery season, a muzzleloader season and several rifle seasons. Mule deer hunting consists of an archery season followed by multiple rifle seasons. Over the counter licenses are available for whitetail deer in Unit 140.

Remarks: The Acme Ranch is an economical, all deeded cattle ranch with the added bonus of substantial live water and good hunting. This is a rare combination in this area of Colorado.

Price: This working cattle ranch is very reasonably priced at $325 per acre.

All of the seller’s mineral interest will convey with the property.

Considering the substantial amount of live water and the hunting opportunities on the property, we are of the opinion there is no better ranch for sale, for the money, in Southeastern Colorado.

For More Information on the Acme Ranch please visit our website

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IMG_3485Las Animas County, Colorado Hunting Ranch For Sale

Location: The Black Hills Ranch is located in Las Animas County near the ranching community of Trinchera.

Acres: 2,645 +/- Deeded Acres.

Terrain: The Black Hills Ranch offers all of the elements a hunter would desire, being topography, habitat and abundant wildlife.

The topography of the Black Hills Ranch is diverse with elevations ranging from approximately 6,000 to 6,600 feet. The ranch has pockets of grassy open meadow country, but an estimated 70% of the property has a moderate to fairly dense canopy of juniper and piñon, offering outstanding protection for native game such as mule deer and elk. Turkey are also common in this area and are sighted at on the ranch at times.

Water is furnished by several earthen ponds, seasonal creeks and a remote spring found in the higher elevations of the ranch.

Average rainfall in this area of Colorado is approximately 15 inches per year, with the ranch receiving several feet of snow during the winter months.

Access: Access is provided by graded county road.

Improvements: The ranch is fenced and there are no structural improvements.

Hunting/Recreation: The Black Hills Ranch is located in Colorado Parks and Wildlife game management unit 140. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region, which includes Unit 140, has hunting seasons allocated for antelope, deer and elk. Unit 140 has antler restrictions on elk which require 4 points or more on one side, which aids bull elk to reach maturity and full horn growth potential. Further, being all deeded, there is no public access through the Black Hills Ranch.

Elk hunting in Unit 140 consists of an archery season, a muzzleloader season and several rifle seasons. Mule deer hunting consists of an archery season followed by multiple rifle seasons. Over the counter licenses are available for whitetail deer in Unit 140, and whitetails have been viewed frequently on the Black Hills Ranch along the creek bottoms, as well as the occasional black bear and mountain lion.

Antelope will frequent the more open prairie lands located on the northwestern portion of the property.

Remarks: It is seldom we list a good hunting ranch for under $2,000,000, and if a property of this size fits your pocketbook, you should give the Black Hills Ranch serious consideration.

Price: The Black Hills Ranch is economically priced at $725 per acre.

For More Information on the Black Hills Ranch please visit our website

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20161129_114924Solar water well and drinking trough installation on the Emery Gap Ranch

The Emery Gap Ranch is an exceptional Northeastern New Mexico property which has been owned and operated by the same family ownership for over 100 years. The ranch is located just south of Branson, Colorado and north of Folsom, New Mexico. The setting of this property is in one of the most beautiful areas of New Mexico and this is the first time the ranch has ever been offered for sale.

The Emery Gap Ranch is a combination recreation and livestock grazing unit. The primary recreation use is big game hunting for trophy elk, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope, along with other species that frequent the boundaries of the unit.

The ranch has a varied topography, with elevations ranging from around 6,400′ to 7,500′. The northern portions of the ranch extend up onto Brown and Davis Mesas. These large plateaus offer awesome views into the large valleys that make up much of the eastern portions of the ranch. The western and southern end of the ranch are more rugged, with a fairly dense canopy of pinon and scattered ponderosa pine. Fir trees are scattered throughout portions of the property. Large rock bluffs and outcroppings are located along Alps Mesa.

The ranch is located in New Mexico’s Unit 58, which is widely recognized for quality elk and mule deer production. The ranch is currently enrolled in the New Mexico Game and Fish E-Plus and A-Plus Landowner Systems. The ranch is expected to receive up to 15 either sex authorizations along with 28 cow elk landowner authorizations in 2016 via E-Plus. The ranch also receives 3 mature buck antelope landowner authorizations via A-Plus. Authorizations are synonymous with the term landowner tag which allows a hunter to buy a hunting license from the department. Trophy bull elk and mule deer are prevalent on this ranch. A conservative hunting program is in place to assure quality animals are harvested and to assure the long term sustainability of the wildlife on the ranch.

Recently, the water infrastructure was upgraded through the EQIP. Several new solar water wells were drilled and several miles of pipelines were run to numerous new fiberglass drinking troughs with covered floats and new water storage reservoirs. The installations were so well done that we wanted to share photos of them. For more information on the Emery Gap Ranch, or other New Mexico ranches for sale, feel free to contact us.

20161129_125437One of the new fiberglass drinking troughs with covered float box


20161129_124113Another new solar water well installation with new fencing


20161129_120924Another one of the new fiberglass drinking troughs with covered float box


20161129_114019Another new solar water well installation with a new water storage in the background

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Robby Vann

New Agent for Central Texas and Hill Country

Robby Vann spent 33 years with Farm Credit working in the agricultural industry throughout the Texas District which includes the states of Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Having retired from Farm Credit he now offers his services to the public through his association with Chars. S. Middleton and Son.

Vann retired from Farm Credit the end of May 2015 after 33 years. When he retired he was vice president of collateral risk management/chief appraiser for the Farm Credit Bank of Texas. In this position he was responsible for the bank’s collateral risk management including appraisal standards and collateral risk assessment systems. He advised on collateral evaluation/appraisal underwriting for large complex transactions located throughout the nation. These transactions included all types of facilities and industries involved in the production of food and fiber for the nation. He was responsible for collateral evaluation regulatory compliance as well as maintaining compliance with national appraisal, flood insurance and environmental regulations and guidelines. He maintained a relationship with the Texas A&M Real Estate Center to trend rural land markets throughout the five state district and developed the collateral indexing process used to monitor collateral risk within the bank and associations portfolio based on these trends.

Vann began his career in 1980 as the assistant county extension agent in Deaf Smith County, Texas, the largest agricultural county in the state. His Farm Credit career began in 1982 as a loan officer in the Federal Land Bank Association of Waco, where he later advanced to vice president. He joined the Farm Credit Bank of Texas in 1989 as an engineer appraiser working on special projects including studies for irrigation, dairies and farm budgets. He was promoted to senior appraiser in 1993 and director of appraisal standards in 1995. He was promoted again in July 2002 to vice president of appraisal standards.

He has served on national Farm Credit System committees including being an appraiser representative to the Review, Audit and Appraisal Workgroup and a representative to the Farm Credit System Crop Insurance Group. He represented the Farm Credit System nationally on the Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council in Washington, D.C from 2001 to 2007. Vann is also a member of the Rural Land Council of the Texas A&M Real Estate Center and the Texas Alliance of Land Brokers.

Vann is a graduate of Tarleton State University and is a state-certified general appraiser in Texas. He was awarded the Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA) designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) in 2006, which is awarded to those members who meet stringent requirements in experience, education, passed rigid examinations and abide by the ASFMRA code of ethics. He is the current past president of the Texas Chapter of the ASFMRA having served as president through September 2016.

He was born and raised in Burnet County and still operates the family ranch there having been in the ranching business in Burnet and Lampasas Counties since the 1980s. He currently has his office in his home near Lampasas and enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife of 30 years, Leigh, have two married daughters and one daughter in pharmacy school at TAMU who is engaged to be married. He especially enjoys spending time with the newest addition to the family, 18 month old granddaughter Rylie.

Feel free to contact Robby for your real estate needs.

Cell Phone: 512.423.8112 

Email: robby@csmandson.com

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