How Do You Lease Land for Cattle Pasture?


To lease land for cattle pasture, turn to your county extension agent for assistance. Extension offices offer help in finding pasture, determining the type and amount of grazing appropriate for your herd, negotiating a fair pasture lease rate and writing a lease contract.

Find the extension agent for your county online with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Partners and Extension Map. Extension agents are trained to offer extensive services to local farmers and ranchers. Your county office serves the landowners who plant pasture in grass for lease to cattle owners. One of the extension agent’s functions is to help connect land and cattle owners. In addition, your county agent provides educational programs to help you ensure your cattle remain healthy and well fed on leased pasture land.

A pasture lease must include certain provisions to ensure the protection of the land and cattle owner alike. Lease rates are determined in part by the number of grazing cattle, according to FarmProgress magazine. The lease should specify a regular system of counting cattle. Rates also depend on pasture quality. Lease provisions should cover contingencies such as drought and major damage to fences and water systems. The most economical way to lease cattle pasture is through a multiple-year lease, states FarmProgress.