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THE NEW RANCH WATER

Volume 5  Cattle 

Published: October 01, 2018

       

In Texas, unless you’re lucky enough to have a water well that artesian flows to the surface without any pumping or lifting, there’s a good chance you are using a windmill or electrical submersible pump system. If you haven’t made the switch yet, it may be time to consider solar power as an alternative source of energy for your water wells.

Of course, water wells provide water to service your household or ranch home, livestock, wildlife, and irrigation needs where city or community service cannot. Because they don’t require expensive electrical lines, solar-powered wells allow you to irrigate, water your livestock, or keep your ponds full in the more remote areas of your ranch.

For others, they can provide what is needed to utilize your own water source to live truly off the grid.

There are many benefits to using solar panels to power your water wells:

Several factors have to be considered when selecting which solar power pump system to use, such as water requirements and pumping volume needs, daily water use, and storage tank size. Each water well is different, with different depths and capacities, so each situation is different. Many ranchers should work with experts and water well drillers in their area to determine these needs in order to design the ideal system and solution properly. And the USDA and NRCS have a cost-share program to help with the costs of installing a solar pumping system for livestock, so they can also be a great resource when designing the system.

As far as the legality of accessing and drilling for water in Texas, landowners should consult with us, their local water board, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or a water well driller. The water is either surface water belonging to the state, or it is groundwater, which belongs to the surface landowner under the rule of capture. But just because it may belong to the landowner doesn’t mean that one can drill a well without a permit. Much of the state is regulated by roughly 100 different Groundwater Conservation Districts, so landowners need to make sure they know if they are within one of these areas before they drill.

There is also a perceived value-add for having solar-powered water wells on your ranch. One of the items we discuss with landowners before going to market is the condition of water sources and wells and related pumps. Seeing solar panels on a ranch is a good thing. They are relatively newer equipment and their presence often indicates that the landowner is operating with the cutting edge of new ranch water well technology. It also signals that the wells have been serviced in “recent” years versus the unknown age and condition of those older sucker rods laying around. So if you’re in need of windmill or pump repairs on your water well, here’s just another reason to consider going solar at this time.

 



Bryan Pickens

Bryan Pickens

Republic Ranches, LLC
Partner | Broker Associate
(214) 552-4417
bryan@republicranches.com



FEATURED PROPERTIES


Northern Plains Ranch
NORTHERN PLAINS RANCH

BELLE FOURCHE, SOUTH DAKOTA

This is an opportunity to invest in a very large production ranch in the heart of cattle country in South Dakota. Offering an exceptional feed base with an above-average water supply, quality fences, and excellent access. The livestock working facilities are strategically positioned for efficiency and the main headquarters and outbuildings are in excellent working condition.

$13,325,000 | 11,698± Acres

LITTLE EIGHT MILE RANCH ON THE LEMHI RIVER
LITTLE EIGHT MILE RANCH ON THE LEMHI RIVER

LEADORE, IDAHO

Fay Ranches is honored to bring this property to market. Nestled at the base of the continental divide in north-central Idaho, this ranch is one of the most scenic and prolific sporting ranches in the Rocky Mountain West. Comprised of 8,163± deeded acres and 65,486± leased acres, totaling 73,649± acres, the ranch is expansive, featuring 9.25± miles of the Lemhi River, a private, wild trout fishery, plus countless miles of spring creeks and mountain streams. This is a true river-to-mountain offering that has more miles of fishable trout water than any ranch we know of on the market today.

$20,995,000 | 8,163± Acres

Glick Ranch
GLICK RANCH

FALFURRIAS, TEXAS

Located less than 20 miles south of Falfurrias off of Hwy 281 lies the Glick Ranch, a terrific “sand sheet” ranch that has great quail and deer hunting, fantastic groundwater, infrastructure for cattle operations and fine accommodations. This high fenced property also comes with an exotics pasture, two pivot locations (one pivot) and water distribution system all over the property.

$10,017,000 | 3780± Acres





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