Snowy Mountain Cattle Company
Judith Gap, Montana

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snowy-mountainFive generations of the Swanz family have made ranching their way of life in the foothills of the Big Snowy Mountains. The original land deed signed by Grover Cleveland dates back to 1883 making them one of the earliest cattle ranching families in central Montana.

Recognized in Montana for their lifetime achievements in agriculture, grandparents John and Linda Swanz are still an active presence in the ranching operation. They have turned the reins over to their son and his family for the day-to-day management as they become increasingly more involved in citizenship, and representing the interests of the livestock industry.

Jason and Jody Swanz and their sons Jackson (7) and Jacob (5) love their way of life and what comes with it and they love to share it. Six hundred and fifty commercial cow/calf pairs, yearling replacements, and a feedlot operation (that in the fall can hold up to 1200 head) means there are plenty of riding opportunities for guests. All cattle work is done on horseback following the old adage “the only way to work cattle fast is slow.”

The personal service, warm and friendly hospitality, and ranch adventures combine to captivate and enrich the lives of guests who come from near and far. Whether you are trail riding or working cattle, there is no better way to see Montana than from the back of a good horse.



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