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Author Topic: How much should we ask for 22 acres of sheep keep over winter?  (Read 6755 times)

ChickenLiver George

  • Joined Nov 2008
Suddenly thought I ought to visit the forum after a year or two  :-[  and ask you guys.


We've been approached by a known farmer who farms a few miles away whether we would 'rent' out our ground for overwintering approx 100 sheep  :sheep: .


We have fifteen acres and adjoining neighbours can add two small fields to make 22 acres in total. I have been appointed 'spokesman'.


I walk round every morning with the dog so can do lookering and he says he will be up every day too. We have two water troughs and can leave a gate open in the field that has no water.


These are nice fields we take hay off. Can anyone help by enlightening me how much we could ask for the rent without offence but making it worth our while. I used to have a shepherd, now retired, who put 30 ewes on our 15 acres and he used to pitch up in the spring with a couple of lambs for the freezer.


What do you think?

shygirl

  • Joined May 2013
Re: How much should we ask for 22 acres of sheep keep over winter?
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2013, 12:30:32 am »
are you still going to be cutting hay in the summer?

ChickenLiver George

  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: How much should we ask for 22 acres of sheep keep over winter?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 01:34:08 am »
Yes we will, we've just taken off this year's crop - and await some gentle rain to get a little regrowth going.
George 

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: How much should we ask for 22 acres of sheep keep over winter?
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2013, 07:48:23 am »
Depends where in the country you are.


My concerns would be the following: 22ac sounds a bit little for 100 sheep, I would come to a firm arrangement about when they leave so that you don't lose too much grass growth in the spring. It will, of course help improver your hay crop  the following year.


I have had grazings like that on the "I'll give you a lamb for the freezer" basis. Round here, the commercial rate would be 20p/head/week -so 20/week.

VSS

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Pen Llyn
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Re: How much should we ask for 22 acres of sheep keep over winter?
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2013, 10:05:15 pm »
Round here wintering for ewe lambs is paid for on a per head basis. Going rate is somewhere around the 18 - 20 per head from October to March.
The person owning the land is generally responsible for day to day checking of the sheep (although if they need dosing or some such you would have to do that yourself) and you only pay for the live sheep that you take home at the end of the winter. That way the landowner has an incentive to check them regularly.

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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: How much should we ask for 22 acres of sheep keep over winter?
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2013, 10:47:42 pm »
100 sheep on 22 acres over winter, sounds too many to me.... you will be feeding a lot of hay/haylage and probably some concentrates too...
 
what about worming/fluking and do they come vaccinated against pasteurella and the usual sheep diseases?

Penninehillbilly

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: How much should we ask for 22 acres of sheep keep over winter?
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2013, 11:49:42 pm »
The person owning the land is generally responsible for day to day checking of the sheep (although if they need dosing or some such you would have to do that yourself) and you only pay for the live sheep that you take home at the end of the winter. That way the landowner has an incentive to check them regularly.
Never heard that before, we rent land out for sheep, (11 month let) as far as I'm concerned, I don't know enough about sheep to be responsible for them. Obviously if I see a problem I would let him know, but they are his sheep, his responsibility, he does the feeding in winter. He's just paying for the grass and convenience of them being down off higher ground in bad weather.

SteveHants

  • Joined Aug 2011
Re: How much should we ask for 22 acres of sheep keep over winter?
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2013, 12:27:02 am »
The person owning the land is generally responsible for day to day checking of the sheep (although if they need dosing or some such you would have to do that yourself) and you only pay for the live sheep that you take home at the end of the winter. That way the landowner has an incentive to check them regularly.
Never heard that before, we rent land out for sheep, (11 month let) as far as I'm concerned, I don't know enough about sheep to be responsible for them. Obviously if I see a problem I would let him know, but they are his sheep, his responsibility, he does the feeding in winter. He's just paying for the grass and convenience of them being down off higher ground in bad weather.


Thats keep that isn't lookered - I'd call what VSS describes as being 'on tack'. You would pay less for winter keep you had to look yourself.

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: How much should we ask for 22 acres of sheep keep over winter?
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2013, 07:40:42 pm »
22 acres sounds too little to me too.  What type of sheep?  Down breeds eat less than the hill and mountain types, in my experience.  Around here grass keep is generally 1st April to 30th October, so the ground is rested over the winter.  If it snows who's to feed them and what?  Even with good weather we really only have a month of reasonable grass growth to go before the days shorten and growth slows. On the other hand if the grass gets too tall it'll die out at the bottom and won't have much grazing value.  If the sheep are pregnant you'll not want them grazing it down hard and neither will their owner as they'll ingest a lot of soil  which could inhibit the uptake of copper if your soil is high in iron and manganese and give rise to swayback lambs in susceptible breeds.

 

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