There is growing demand for leased pasture and harvested forage resources.
Widespread drought and increasing costs of ranching are powerful forces driving many producers to find leased pasture and/or harvested forages for feeding in order to avoid selling livestock.
Leasing pasture and finding alternative forage sources is harder than it should be.
In the past, finding pasture for lease or harvested forage for sale has been difficult and time-consuming.
If you are seeking pasture or forage, information about availability and price is hard to come by, especially if you have to search outside your home region or do not regularly lease land or purchase harvested forage.
If you are a land or forage owner, advertising in local newspapers or by word of mouth does not expose you to all eligible lessees or buyers, decreasing your opportunity to get the optimum price and leasing arrangement.
PastureScout aims to change this by making finding and securing a pasture lease or forage simple.
Stewardship of our existing land resources is more important than ever.
Sustainable land management takes creativity, hard work, and a network of like-minded forage owners and producers. As increasing pressure is put on our nationâ€™s agricultural land, the wise utilization of our existing range, cropland, and harvested forage is essential.
Pasture Scout offers true value and convenience for people who seek or own pasture or harvested forage.
Pasture or Forage Seekers
Pasture Scoutâ€™s customized search tool saves time and money by making it simple to locate a listing and communicate with an owner.
Pasture or Forage Owners
Pasture Scoutâ€™s listing tool is simple to use and offers exposure to a large number of seekers quicker than local listings or word of mouth.
Pasture Scoutâ€™s unique auction tool (coming soon) offers the opportunity to realize the true market value for a listing.
Seekers and Owners
PastureScoutâ€™s network, communication tools, and lease template allow members to find the right leasing partner.
Bid Units Explained
Per Acre = A fixed pasture lease rate for the entire grazing season based on the projected forage conditions.
Per lb Gain = A fixed lease rate based on the added weight the livestock gain while they are on pasture. This approach is best suited for stocker cattle rather than beef cows.
Per Head = A fixed lease rate for entire grazing season that will vary for different types of livestock. For example, lower rates are usually charged for stocker cattle and higher rates for cows.
Per AUM = A fixed per animal per month lease rate provides flexibility in allowing for different types of livestock. An AUM is defined as the amount of forage required by a 1000 pound cow for one month. A pasture rated at 1000 AUM's could support 1000 cows for one month or 200 cows for five months. You need to consider your average forage quantity and length of grazing season when calculating your per AUM minimum lease rate.