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Located within the Pecos River Valley...the Firehouse Farm is an excellent working farm located in southeastern New Mexico, west of U. S. Highway 285 along the Chaves-Eddy County line. The Pecos Valley is an integral part of the New Mexico Dairy Industry. Over 40 dairies are located in Chaves County alone. New Mexico dairies are one of the largest purchasers of agricultural products (feed crops) in the State.
The Firehouse Farm is 516 +/- surface acres, with 455.6 surface and subsurface water rights. According to the New Mexico State Engineer, the farm’s water rights consist of 14.5 acres of surface rights, 5.9 acres of shallow water rights, 292.6 artesian water rights, and 142.6 artesian/shallow combined water rights. There is approximately 60 acres of non-irrigated land located adjacent to Firehouse Farm on the southern boundary.
The irrigation water currently used is subsurface water that is produced by three wells. Two of the wells are artesian wells that are reported to produce between 1,500 and 1,800 gallons per minute. The wells are equipped with vertical turbine pumps: one is electric powered and the other is on natural gas. The shallow well produces approximately 1,000 gallons per minute. The subsurface irrigation water is brought to the surface by the turbine pumps and is then pumped through buried PVC water lines, which range in size from 10-18 inches in diameter. Also included with the farm are two L & S lateral sprinkler systems. These sprinklers water the majority of the farm, and are excellent for long, narrow fields. This method of irrigation is one of the most effective ways of utilizing water, leading to higher crop yields and better water conservation. One pivot is 2,600 feet in length and the other is 1,900 feet in length.
Flood irrigation is utilized on approximately 66.5 acres of the farm. This acreage is benched and leveled with each bench having a 10-inch riser that provides irrigation water to the surface.
Minimal maintenance will be required for the existing structures on the farm. With two functional hay barns, a livestock shed, and an excellent set of livestock corrals complete with a loading chute, sorting alleys, and a cattle squeeze, the Firehouse Farm is conveniently equipped for a commercial operation.
The corral facility allows an opportunity for versatility to graze livestock on crop stubble or permanent pasture.
The corrals are constructed of welded steel pipe set in concrete with welded galvanized side panels. Gates are all hinged and latched with overhead braces. The design is partitioned into several sorting pens, a sorting alley, a loading chute, a crowd lane, and an alley with a squeeze chute.
The livestock shed is open on two sides with a small enclosed storage room on one end. This structure can serve a number of purposes.
Firehouse Farm is currently planned for the production of corn and alfalfa hay. Both of these crops are a lucrative product for the surrounding dairy and livestock industries.
The corn is chopped in the fall of the year and placed in large plastic bags to utilized for silage. It is then marketed to local dairies for consumption by dairy cattle.
The alfalfa hay is cut several times a year and is baled. The baled hay is typically marketed for livestock consumption.
The Firehouse Farm is one of the most productive farms in the Pecos Valley. The farm has excellent water quality and water volume produced from two artesian wells and one shallow well.
Paved access allows for easy movement of equipment and the transport of harvested crops.
The proximity to the Pecos Valley dairy industry allows for increased demand opportunities for feed crops.
The availability of the Firehouse Farm is a unique and rare opportunity to purchase an irrigated farm in New Mexico.
The Firehouse Farm is located within the Pecos River Valley in southeastern New Mexico west of U. S. Highway 285 along the Chaves-Eddy County line. The neighborhood is comprised of irrigated farms and commercial dairies. Pearson Road runs adjacent to and along the northern boundary of the farm. Firehouse Road runs adjacent to and along the western boundary. Both are paved roadways.