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ScotsGirl

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • Wiltshire
Field Rental Query
« on: February 20, 2012, 09:46:43 pm »
Can anyone give me an idea what is an appropriate field rent for sheep?  Up to now I have been lucky to find people who want their field grazed and are happy to have my small flock there for which I try and give a small quantity of lamb in return.

I now have a 5 acre field which I would like to rent officially and also be able to use for my ponies.  I don't want to offend the owner but also don't want to pay over the odds by paying per pony.

Any advice appreciated.

colliewoman

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Re: Field Rental Query
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 10:07:41 pm »
I used to rent 8.5 acres for a tenner a week, but I have no idea if that was a good deal or not.
Now I pay 50 a month for my little patch of just over an acre, but I can do as I wish with it. It has the river running through it and no public right of way over it. even if I didnt have stock I'd keep it as I love the solitude and the wildlife. my landlord is amazing and I have it for as long as I wish :thumbsup:
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woollyval

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Re: Field Rental Query
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 10:27:42 pm »
Going rate here is 100 per acre per year
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benkt

  • Joined Apr 2010
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Re: Field Rental Query
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 11:12:48 pm »
100 per acre per year sounds about right for a small (1-5 acres) field/paddock. It gets cheaper as you rent more, an eighty acre field near us rented for nearer 30 per acre per year.

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: Field Rental Query
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012, 12:46:16 am »
20p/ewe/week. Thats decent money - you could pay more for grazing turnips, say - can be up to 60p....works out at about 10/ewe/yr.

I wouldn't pay rent on 4 acres, not worth it, thats 'I'll bung you some lamb and fix the odd fence' territory.

Edited to add: thats sheep, of course...ponies probably considerably more cos one is a leisure thing and one is a business thing. Also, ponies tend to poach the ground - so Id ffer to re-seed and take them off a few months a year.
« Last Edit: February 21, 2012, 12:50:04 am by SteveHants »

SallyintNorth

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Re: Field Rental Query
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2012, 03:25:17 am »
I used to rent 8.5 acres for a tenner a week, but I have no idea if that was a good deal or not.
Now I pay 50 a month for my little patch of just over an acre, but I can do as I wish with it. It has the river running through it and no public right of way over it. even if I didnt have stock I'd keep it as I love the solitude and the wildlife. my landlord is amazing and I have it for as long as I wish :thumbsup:
You're paying 4 to 5 times what we do for small areas of grazing - but ours are commercial agricultural rates; I would expect to pay more for a one-off / smallholder let.

If I was renting land out, I would definitely want more for use by ponies and would also make some stipulation about how the land is to be cared for.  (Poo-picking, harrowing, rest periods, not letting it get too poached, etc.)
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ScotsGirl

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • Wiltshire
Re: Field Rental Query
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 08:10:47 pm »
Thanks guys that is interesting and more reasonable than I expected.  I would mainly want it for my sheep and maybe the opportunity to cut hay if it turned out decent.  The ponies would only go on there for 2-3 months of the year to rest my own paddocks.

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: Field Rental Query
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012, 11:44:43 pm »
If you want to cut it for hay, its harder to sell it that you are doing them a favour. My first grazing was 8 odd acres, split so they cut hay on 2/3 of it in summer and I grazed the aftermaths in winter. I didn't pay anything for that and I got 14 ewes on year round.

Southfields

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • Salisbury
Re: Field Rental Query
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2012, 04:07:09 am »
We have sole use of 4 acres and pay 1200 a year!  Horse grazing is much more expensive as they cause more damage.

 

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