Agistment gone bad!

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Last seen: 04/01/2019 - 21:35
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Agistment gone bad!

Hi, I’m looking for some advice. a lady id met online offered to agist her cattle here for a few months which we offered for free. The aim was the cattle would munch it down for a few months and then our sheep could follow and have lots of feed for summer and rest a paddock. This was 6 months ago. I have been asking her for several months to remove the cattle. It’s costing us over $150 a week to feed our sheep who are stuck in a paddock with zero feed and the cows have now completely cleared the other paddock. I get excuse after excuse as to why she hasn’t collected them. I have given her 2 weeks to remove them but I’m not sure where we stand legally if this doesn’t happen. We very very stupidly didn’t get a written agreement in place. I’m so extremely regretful over this. I’m at a loss as to what to do next and I’m extremely frustrated and disappointed and not sure what to do next. Has anyone had a similar experience or can offer advice??

Last seen: 05/26/2019 - 08:15
Joined: 02/28/2011 - 14:19

Hi Frontess,

Welcome to the small farm forum and thanks for the post.

It sounds like a difficult situation you are in, without taking legal action that will be costly and lengthy I don't think you have many options. Did you provide your deadline in writing and via a solicitor, this may have more impact? A verbal agreement should still be binding but is difficult to prove, were there any witnesses to your agreement?

Lastly, do you know where the person lives, could you organise and pay for transport of the cattle and deliver them back to her farm?

Regards,
Charlie

Last seen: 04/29/2019 - 20:33
Joined: 11/06/2017 - 22:55

Hi Frontess. I had a similar experience where our agistee took forever to meet his written obligations and was constantly exceeding the agreed stocking density. Thankfully we had everything in writing so when it came to it with threats of costs being incurred he was pretty quick to clear out. You should be able to contact council and have them impounded. Retag them and send them to the markets maybe to recoup costs Or depending on your location, open the gate. It’s a bit reckless but this should not be your problem. No one else is going to stand up for you so sometimes you have to take the gloves off so to speak. Good luck with it.
Lucas

Last seen: 04/29/2019 - 23:21
Joined: 01/09/2018 - 16:59

Hi Frontess, I agree with other posters here. This shouldn't be your problem / issue to deal with now. Some people will take advantage of people's good nature and until they feel some pain they won't budge. You can contact your local council and have them impounded. Even the threat of this should be enough, make sure you give adequate warning or like the other poster said. Get them tagged and off to the sale yards. These are not your problem.

Last seen: 05/26/2019 - 08:15
Joined: 02/28/2011 - 14:19

Hi Frontess,

I have also posted your question to our Facebook small farm discussion group and had a number of replies that you may be interested in reading.

You can find the Facebook discussion group here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FarmStyle/

Regards,

Charlie

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