Typical sheep grazing rates are 25p per sheep per week, but that's on a commercial basis. Someone with only four sheep might pay well more. Alternatively, in livestock units a horse is 1, and sheep about 0.1 if i remember rightly, so 4 sheep would be equivalent to half a horse/acre, so maybe 1/8th of your rent would be fair?
Newfavouritething - I'm not sure where you are, but around here (south Wales), TACK sheep are between 58p - 70p/sheep/week. Certainly DH is charging around the 60p mark and our neighbour is managing to get 80p much to DH's irritation
My Smallholding neighbour with 17 pet sheep was supposed to be paying us £25/month to run them on 20 acres.
I disagree with the sheep don't really drink bit - I was forever filling up the water containers last year (and it wasn't hot....).
What about doing a swap rather than actual money changing hands - could the sheep owner cut your hedges, remove your muck heap, top your grass, harrow etc instead? I do this and find it so much easier than faffing about with cash.
We don't charge the farmer who puts his sheep on our land. In fact we have to beg him to do it to keep our grass down! He is happy to oblige as we buy our hay off him but don't think he'd pay us as he goes to the trouble of fencing it and he is never short of grazing in Suffolk.
Hi, and thanks for all your replies. We chatted about money for a while and he said that most of his land is not paid for in cash, he just gives the land owner a lamb or similar (he has lots of rare breed animals). He also mentioned that he will be making hay on some of his land so that might be useful too!
I did mention that I thought £25 a month was roughly what I wanted. He didn't give a firm answer but I think we will come to some arrangement whether it is money or an exchange of services.
Grazing for horses is in huge demand here (North Wales coast) so I was lucky to get my field. Someone got in touch yesterday asking if I was definitely having it!
Again thank you for your replies and I hope I can update with a definite answer of our arrangement soon!