Pasture Rental Rates: Conditions That Affect Prices

Here’s the final article in our series on how to figure Pasture Rental Rates.  If you’ve missed the first three, here they are: How Much Should You Pay to Lease Pasture? Pasture Rental Rates: Doing the Math Part 1 Pasture Rental and Use Rate: Animal Units and Profit Sharing All pasture is not created equal. Some has better forage and some has more fertile soils.  Fences add to the value of a pasture as does other infrastructure. So, as you're doing the math to help you figure out what a good pasture lease rate is, don't forget to make a list of the pros and cons that may add to or subtract from the pasture's value.  Here are some examples to consider: Forage Species and Condition Pluses • Legumes in the pasture are better than just grass. • Tame grasses are often better than native grasses. • Weeds - if your cattle are educated and they eat weeds, a weedy pasture can be a bonus. Weeds are high in protein, are more digestible than grass, and often hold their nutritional value longer through the grazing season. Minuses • Plant diseases reduce forage quality and quantity.

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  1. The other major factor supply/demand equation or location, location, location. . .

    If there is a vibrant livestock/dairy industry demand for pasture and hence prices will be higher, and the pasture owner has more control over price. If there is not much for grazing animals (low demand), there are bargain opportunities for animal owners.

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