Figuring Pasture Rental Rates: Conditions that Affect Value

This is the fourth in a series on figuring pasture rental rates, updated with input from On Pasture readers. If you’ve missed the first three, here they are: How Much to Pay for Leased Pasture - 2018 Doing the Math on Pasture Rental Rates Part 1 Figuring Pasture Rental Rates Part 2: AUMs and Profit Sharing All pastures are not created equal. Some have better forage and some have 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 disease

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