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McCord Ranch

$3,995,000 Fairbury, NE 1,342± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

The McCord Ranch consists of 1,342± deeded acres located in Jefferson County, Nebraska, near the town of Fairbury. The ranch has been in the McCord family for a long time and is a testament to the quality of the land. The ranch is highlighted by Rose Creek, which meanders through the valley floor along the fertile farm ground. The ranch includes 254.83 acres of tillable farm ground, currently in corn, and over 1,000± acres of native pasture with timbered draws throughout. There are numerous dams, springs, and year-round creeks hidden in the timbered draws. The native pasture is protected with a conservation easement and has consistently provided a summer range for 180-200 cow/calf pairs. The combination of creeks, springs, dams, timbered draws, and farm ground provide as good of wildlife habitat that can be found. Wildlife includes trophy deer, turkeys, pheasants, quail, coyotes, raccoons, and songbirds. The McCord Ranch is located just a short distance from Lincoln but allows a feeling of remoteness. An Elevation change of over 200 feet from the valley floor up to the grassy ridges provides excellent views of the area. The ranch would make a great operation or a getaway retreat with great income potential. Offered in cooperation with Boyd Smith, Edgewater Insurance + Real Estate.

Just the Facts

  • 1,342± deeded acres
  • 254.83 acres of creek bottom farmland
  • Rose Creek meandering through the property
  • Three wells
  • Water pipeline
  • Year-round spring-fed creeks
  • Dams
  • Timbered draws
  • Trophy whitetail deer and turkeys
  • Former location of Kesterson Train Depot
  • Conservation easement of native grassland
  • County road access

General Description

The McCord Ranch consist of a fertile creek valley with excellent farmland capable of about any row cropping. Rose Creek meanders through the farmland. The south end of the ranch is primarily native rangeland protected by a conservation easement. The ranch contains many deciduous covered draws containing natural springs, dams, and creeks. Cross fencing and water pipeline enhance the carrying capacity for cattle. The ranch is very balanced with the farm ground and native rangeland to provide for a great year-round operation. Currently, the owners are grazing approximately 200 cow-calf pairs for the summer on the native rangeland.

Broker's Comments

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a very diverse operation in southeast Nebraska. It is conveniently located near Lincoln, and the ranch provides excellent recreational and wildlife opportunities. McCord Ranch really does check all the boxes, including live water, springs, dams, timber, native range, and fertile creek bottom farmland. It is an excellent recreational ranch with great income potential.

Learn about the locale


McCord Ranch is located three and a half miles south and west of Fairbury, Nebraska or 65 miles southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska. From Fairbury, drive south two and a half miles on Highway 15 to County Road 708. Turn and go east one mile to the northeast corner of the ranch. Continue another half mile to 567th avenue and turn south. The ranch will border 567th avenue for nearly three miles.


Fairbury is the county seat of Jefferson County. Fairbury’s population is approximately 3,755 people and supports most major amenities. including grocery stores, lodging, restaurants, parks, golf course, speedway, aquatic center, and schools to name a few. The airport has a 3,700 foot runway. The area is most notably known for Rock Creek Station, which is a former Oregon Trail and Pony Express stop. To this day, ruts from the covered wagons are still visible. Jefferson County is a transitional area from the fertile farmland to the tallgrass prairie of the south.


Jefferson County on average receives about 32 inches of rainfall and 25 inches of snow per year. Average highs in July are 89 degrees, and January average highs reach 37 degrees.

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 1,342± Acres
Farm Ground Acres: 264± Acres
Native Prairie Acres: 1,000± Acres

Deeded Acres: 1,342±
Total Acres: 1,342±

Water Resources

The ranch has a well that supplies a pipeline feeding three tanks. Also, there is a solar well and windmill. Additionally, numerous dams along with spring fed creeks provide superior water supply for wildlife and cattle.

Mineral Rights

All seller-owned mineral rights will be conveyed to buyer.


Annual taxes are approximately $37,120.84.

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Wildlife Resources

Wildlife is abundant on the ranch due to the diverse terrain. The south end of the ranch consist of timbered draws with live water and the northern valley is highly suited for row crop. With the combination of excellent cover, water, and food, the ranch has historically been home to many trophy deer, turkey, pheasants, and many other wildlife. There are several hunting blinds placed throughout the property.

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