Saddle Butte Ranch is located in central Montana on the east side of the Highwood Mountains about 65 miles east of Great Falls. The Highwoods are one of the outlying mountain ranges that jut up in the eastern Montana prairie. Known as “island ranges” these mountains possess a completely unique ecosystem as differentiated from the surrounding grasslands. We live in a mountain valley blessed with numerous springs, excellent grasses, in an area known for the warming effects of “Chinook winds” which melt the snow making winter grazing possible. There is no better cattle country in Montana.
Since our pastures fall from evergreen forest to short-grass prairie, a remarkably diverse environment supports not only our Angus cows but also almost every kind of game animal and game bird that lives in Montana. It has always amused me, when fixing fence, to discover mountain goat hair in the barbed wire! Our cows do not live off irrigated pasture. We have raised cattle here since 1990. Our registered cows receive no more attention or feed than do our neighbors’ commercial cattle. We consider drought, blizzards—in fact any limitation of the soil or the weather—to be complementary to our efforts to raise an adaptable, efficient herd of Angus cows.
From Great Falls Airport