-Gus here, recently returned to family’s mixed farm after working on other properties across Australia.

Agistment rates?

Hi, I have had some agistment enquiries and want to help people out but I have absolutely no idea to charge? Does anyone have any advice on what to charge per week for a cow/calf unit and weaners on both sprayed out crops and/or native pastures? Would really appreciate any advice. Ta.

341 days ago

A good place to start is working out your cost of carry. This give you a guide. If you are like us and in drought it is possible to produce a high number, but after asking around we were able to reduce the rate down.
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Currently getting $12+ gst per cow and calf unit per week on native pasture

303 days ago
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Currently getting $12+ gst per cow and calf unit per week on native pasture

303 days ago

Rates can vary depending on: availablity to yards, water, fencing, monitoring by owner of land, feed quality etc. 

Prior to the drought natural pasture was around $5/head/week +GST ( dry cows ), plus extra aprrox $2 for cow & calf, and bulls. During this dry period rates have sometimes been negotiation on a flat rate for the padock. 

At the end of the day the livestock owner has to justify the weight gain ($ gain) for the agistment rate.  



331 days ago

Ask an old experienced Livestock Agent

324 days ago

I am in Tasmania, cow and calf on improved pasture would be $14 to $20 unit week, in wi get time it would be plus hay at market value. Currently have 14mth old dairy x steers running @ $10.50 week had them since may and owner supplied his own hay and delivered by the semi load to me. Had 2 yr old dairy x steers may to August on native pasture, owner supplied hay, got same rate. I looked after all animals and fed out hay. The other option is a flat rate for the lot per week. Eg $ 500 a week for the mob. At $5 a week per head would be reasonable but you would have to add hay to that.

297 days ago
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