Grazing Leases Need to Include Disaster Clause

With on-going drought conditions, beef producers will face crucial management decisions this year. Landowners and leasee should consider how they will balance the forage demanded by the animals with the amount of forage grown for proper grazing management. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, UNL Extension Educator in Cherry County Jay Jenkins says grazing leases should include a disaster clause.

Jenkins says the clause spells out how grazing pressure will be reduced in response to drought, hail, fire or other natural disaster.

The two most important components of a grazing lease agreement are stocking rate and lease rate. Jenkins says both the landowner and the tenant need a come to an agreement on the carrying capacity of the range.

The disaster clause will state who will be making the decision to reduce stocking rate, how that decision will be made and how that will cover how payment will be reduced to reflect the reduced carrying capacity. Jenkins says this is is meant to protect the long-term health of the rangeland.

Going into the grazing season, it's important ranchers have a good relationship with their landlord. Jenkins says its important there is open communication between the two parties.

For additional information, Jenkins recommends the publication Pasture Rental Arrangements for Your Farm" . That is available at http://aglease101.org

Other resources are available through several UNL Extension web sites, including:

· droughtresourses.unl.edu.

· beef.unl.edu.

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