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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: Char on June 12, 2021, 10:50:11 am

Title: Fair Rent for Sheep Grazing
Post by: Char on June 12, 2021, 10:50:11 am
I need to set a fair rent for someone to rent my grazing with their sheep. We’re in York. I have asked some local farmers and am waiting for replies. I was thinking 50p per head. Does that sound ok?
Title: Re: Fair Rent for Sheep Grazing
Post by: twizzel on June 14, 2021, 10:02:30 am
Depends on so many factors- is it fenced? Is there water? What quality grass? How long are the sheep going to be there and how many acres?

I graze a neighbours fields and don’t pay anything- I fence it, there is water on site, but give them a lamb for the freezer in return as a thank you and a bottle of something at Christmas.
Title: Re: Fair Rent for Sheep Grazing
Post by: SallyintNorth on June 14, 2021, 11:53:06 am
50p per head per week?  With you checking them?  Or with the farmer checking them?  And fenced, with running water available to them? 

Counting lambs as heads or just ewes? 

Sorry I am out of touch with prices per head anyway, so even if you answer all my questions I still won't know whether it"s a fair price!  ::)
Title: Re: Fair Rent for Sheep Grazing
Post by: Bramham Wiltshire Horns on June 23, 2021, 03:20:11 pm
Hi Char

I hope you are well, i am not too far from You in Bramham near Wetherby.

i rent land at the moment for sheep at the start 4 years ago i paying £500 per year for 5 sheep which i know is astrnomical, this was a means to an end and the guy could have gopt a lot more if renting out to horses.

since then i still keep this land and pay thge same amount but i also have the option of 28 acres of free grazing from 4 differnt people and 43vsheep so the average cost for me has come down alot

the people offering me free grazing helps them as much as me and i often give them a side of lamb to helo swweeten the agrement to graze the following year.

this might not help much but it depends what angle you are coming from if its an extra source of income then you may struggle with farmer/smallholder grazing sheep to make that income.

if it is just to get the grass down to save time and effort getting the tractor out or a contractors to cut it then finding someone local and doingeach other a favour.

as other people have mentioned depends on fencing water etc and how longthe grazing is.