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Grazing fees in the Western states

Published on 25 February 2019

USDA NASS recently released reported grazing fee averages for 17 Western states for 2017, in comparison with 2016.

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Per-head fees

Washington and New Mexico both reported the lowest per-head grazing fee (Figure 1) for 2017 at $16 (up $1 from 2016 prices in Washington and up $1.50 in New Mexico).

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Animal unit fees

The lowest animal unit fees (Figure 2) were reported in Nevada ($9.90, down from $10) and Arizona ($9.50, up from $9). The highest grazing fees were reported in Nebraska at $39.80 in 2017 (down from $41 in 2016). The 17-state average was calculated at $20.20, down just slightly from 2016 at $20.30.

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Cow-calf fees

Washington state was reported as having the lowest grazing fee for cow-calf pairs (Figure 3) in 2017 at $16.50 per pair (up from $16 in 2016).  end mark