The new owner will be betting that the investment in about 50,000 acres of rolling foothills, along with 2,000 Angus cattle, will be enough to generate enough profit to stay in business because conservation regulations would make it difficult to undertake any new development on the ranch.
Sounds risky, but for someone looking for a traditional cattle-raising experience this is just the break you’ve been waiting for– a turn-key authentic ranch.
And the ranch has a colourful history. After being founded by a buffalo hunter in 1881, the ranch changed hands many times before making its way to a Calgarian tycoon, and the first owner of the Calgary Flames, Doc Seaman in 1987. Determined to maintain its authenticity, Seaman guided the ranch away from becoming a military training site.
It sounds like it would be quite surreal. According to the Globe and Mail the listing includes a description which reads:
“The ranch has always operated using traditional methods…Cowboys continue to ride the range, moving cattle and doctoring sick animals in the open field by roping from horseback. The OH Ranch is one of the few large cattle outfits in North America which continues to operate using historic methods.”
Sounds like something you could even turn into a tourist attraction. I hope some purchaser knows what to do with a property of this kind, because it’d be cool to see it survive and maintain its authentic vibe. But I certainly wouldn’t be cut out for such a job– and I’m not sure who would be! Maybe Stephen Harper sporting the same cowboy gear he wore to the Calgary stampede? But I wouldn’t want to see him wearing that outfit a lot. Eww.