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Grazing fee remains the same for ranches in 2011

Many of our Colorado ranches for sale, Utah ranches for sale and Wyoming ranches for sale are adjacent to public lands and many of those sellers currently graze their cattle and/or other animals on those lands for a fee.

In 2011, the federal grazing fee will remain the same for ranchers. According to press releases from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service,  this year’s grazing fee will be $1.35 per head month (HM) for federal lands administered by the US Forest Service and $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for lands managed by the BLM. An HM and AUM are treated as equivalent measurements, and are “the occupancy and use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats for a month.”

The fee, which goes into effect on March 1, 2011, applies to our ranches for sale in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, as well as ranches in Arizona, California, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington.  The Forest Service applies different grazing fees to lands under its management in the Eastern and Midwestern states and parts of Texas. The BLM operates mainly in 14 Western states.

Photo: Mantle Ranch, one of ranches for sale in Colorado, has a 30,000 acre federal grazing right that runs some 17 miles east-west and 6-7 miles north-south along the Yampa River and the surrounding Yampa Bench.

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