Homes and Lifestyle
Family Ties: Glimm Custom Homes
/Montana's Finest HomesIt's deep in the winter, and five horses graze in the snow as the sun drops behind the mountains near Ashley Lake.But even though it's the cold of winter outside, a warm house beckons from across the snowy field as the Glimm family sits down for dinner. The Glimm family, owner of Glimm Homes, created this 4,000-square foot home on 23 acres as their family enclav...
Montana Farm and Ranch: Good fences make good neighbors
Fences and the State of Montana go back for over a century. When the first cattle were driven to Montana from Texas there were no fences. The cattle just grazed the grass that was owned by no one and was there for the taking. When people started farming the rich soils of Montana they quickly learned that fences were needed to keep the cattle from destroying the newly seeded crops. We have all heard the about the conflicts between farmers and cattle owners of the last century. This conflict lead to some of the fencing laws that we all live with today. The majority of Montana is considered open range. Which means that if you do not want your neighbors cattle on your property you are responsible for putting up the fence. The other basic law states that neighbors shall help each other maintain an existing fence. The rule states that the neighbors shall meet at the center point of the property boundary and shall maintain the portion of the fence that is on their right.
Montana Farm and Ranch: Thinking of having a few horses?
The number one species of livestock on small acreages in Montana are horses. Extensive care must be used to manage the grass on these small acreages. There are large ecological differences between native rangeland and improved pasture grasses. Unless you have a large acreage, horses should not be grazed on native rangeland due to the fact that native rangeland is easy to overgraze and that will basically destroy the native range plants. You will be left with an infestation of weeds or annual grasses.
Montana Farm and Ranch: Raising your own sheep
Sheep can be an excellent choice for landowners seeking to raise livestock in Montana. They are very hardy, they will eat more types of forage than cattle and they do not require a high investment in corrals. They do have a down side. They are attractive to predators including the neighbors dog.
Montana Farm and Ranch: Raising your own beef
Raising a few head of beef cattle can be very rewarding for landowners. If you have enough acres to support a small herd you will be joining the majority of cattle owners. The majority of cattle herds in the United States consist of less than 50 head. Although Montana herds are typically in excess of 200 head, many Montana herds are less than 100 head. There are some very important items that must be addressed prior to purchase.
Montana Farm and Ranch: Dealing with Manure
Pastures are a very integral part of every livestock operation. No matter how many acres of land you own in Montana, it is very important to keep them healthy. The healthier the pasture, the healthier your livestock will be. Pastures can easily be damaged by grazing animals. Damage can be done on any size livestock operation, but smaller parcels are particularly susceptible to overgrazing. It is very easy to overestimate forage growth. Incorrect estimates can damage grass plants for decades.
A cabin on the river near Bigfork
Just stoneís throw from the Swan River, the Orvis home occupies a stately piece of Montana. Hand-hewn logs combined with modern technology make the home not only energy efficient, but leading-edge when it comes to having conveniences like a wireless network throughout the home.
Brett Mauri creates a home he'd live in
The old saying that the cobbler's children have no shoes can apply to most professions.
But when it comes to the construction, design and architecture trades, these professionals often pull out all the stops when it comes to their own homes.
Every day, Brett Mauri of Big Sky, Montana, is immersed in the construction business, from site planning to design, materials selection and construction. So when he had the chance to build his own home in Big Sky, Mauri chose techniques that are familiar to him, but he also had the freedom to do things that most clients wouldn't request of him.
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