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Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:54 pm
by 5S Cattle
I have too much grass! Don't have enough cows to keep up with the grass I have right now. A guy I know is interested in running 15-20 heifers on my pastures for a couple months til winter I suppose. Told him it would be a short term deal, I'm not feeding his cattle in he winter. What would be fair to charge?

Re: Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:25 pm
by farmerjan
Don't have any idea of values in TX. Here it can run from 5 to 15 per head or per cow/calf pair per month all according to the fences, water, grass. What would it cost to feed these heifers in hay and or grain?

Re: Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:31 pm
by LimoX
Not sure what the going rate for leasing is there, but take your going rate per acre (ex. $25 x 100= $2500) Divide $2500 by 12 ($208.33) should get you a reasonable starting point I guess.

Re: Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:55 pm
by RanchMan90
80ยข per head per day for lease and care. You'll reach a point of resistance at $1 a day per head.

Re: Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:12 pm
by Brute 23
If you are providing facilities, water, fences, etc... basically he only has to fix what he breaks... I would charge $10 per head per month. I would be happy on either side of that deal. Be sure to put an end date in the contract with a penalty for going over so he understands it will end.

Re: Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:18 pm
by 5S Cattle
Brute 23 wrote:If you are providing facilities, water, fences, etc... basically he only has to fix what he breaks... I would charge $10 per head per month. I would be happy on either side of that deal. Be sure to put an end date in the contract with a penalty for going over so he understands it will end.

I like this one. Seems fair on both ends

Re: Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:24 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
You can call the extension office & they should have the "going rate" for your area. $0.33/day/head seems awfully cheap to me. but you are not graining???

Re: Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:58 pm
by chevytaHOE5674
Local guy rents pasture all over for his operation and he pays .75/day/head. Landowner is responsible for fence, water and general care, cattleman takes care of buying salt/mineral, and any vet needs.

Re: Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:54 pm
by Brute 23
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:You can call the extension office & they should have the "going rate" for your area. $0.33/day/head seems awfully cheap to me. but you are not graining???


That's risky. Our expansion agent is an idiot and will screw you over in a heart beat. If he can screw you out of a lease he will too.

I'm fighting some A&M extension agent some thing or another right now because he told a company trying to lease our land for a ROW that 2 bales to the acre is average for our area. I told the company I wanted that person's contact info to speak to them directly. I wouldn't even cut a field that only produces 2 bales to the acre.

Re: Leasing by the month

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:06 pm
by snoopdog
.50 a head per day, his responsibility for their care.