Farm Agistment

Should you agist your livestock or rent out your land for agistment?

What is ‘agistment’?

Farm agistment - the movement of livestock from a property where there is little feed or water to another property where there are adequate supplies - has been common practice in Australia for over 150 year. Such an arrangement normally involves payment, but it may still be cheaper than hand feeding your animals.

It has the potential to benefit both farm and stock owners, and if you own either acreage or livestock, it may increase the profitability of these investments. And if you're looking to buy acreage for sale and renting it out for agistees, GoRegional has suitable properties available!

Considerations for the landowner

When agisting your property to a stock owner there are two popular options with regard to income:

  • Price per head of stock
  • Price per acre

Over the past 10 years, however, a third option has become increasingly popular: share farming. This process lets a stock owner or farmer operate a farming operation without providing the upfront capital required to own land. Under this system, the share farmer and the landowner share in the risks of farming and reap the benefits of working more land and thus decreasing production costs.

Considerations for the livestock owner

There are many points to consider before agisting your livestock on another farmer’s land. Considering the answers to these questions is a good place to start:

  1. Quality of fencing: will your stock be secure?
  2. Feed level: is there sufficient feed to last for the tenure of the lease?
  3. Water availability: is there sufficient water available to support your herd?
  4. Facilities: are there stockyards available to enable easy transport of your stock to and from the property and to support animal health?
  5. Landowner support: what level of support is the landowner able to provide – i.e. can they keep an eye on stock and visitors to and from the property?
  6. Return: is the cost of the lease economically viable?
  7. Agreement: is there a solid leasing agreement in place to cover both parties in case of unforeseen circumstances?

If you can reasonably answer 'yes' to all of these questions (or at least all of them that are relevant to your situation) agisting your livestock at this property is likely a good decision that will benefit all parties. 

For further information:

Government departments provide many resources such as agreement templates and guides for agistment. Visiting the Department of Primary Industry website (NSW has a particularly comprehensive one) is a good start if you want to learn more about agistment in Australia.

If you're looking for acreage for sale in Australia to begin your own horse agistment or livestock agistment business, we've curated some suitable properties below. 

64000 Bruce Highway, Comoon Loop, QLD
475 Acres of prime coastal fattening country

64000 Bruce Highway Comoon Loop, Innisfail, QLD

With approximately 350 acres already cleared - your cattle are good to go!
Prime fattening land or breeding, however could be utilised for banana's or Aquaculture.
Currently under Agistment. Current carrying capacity 300 Head.
With tidal water access from Etty Bay creek system and great rainfall, there will never be a shortage of water.


Improved pasture
Tidal Drainage in place
Unlimited tidal water
High Rainfall
Average fencing
Good access to the Highway
Humidicola grass and Pinto Peanut legume
6 mins to South Innisfail

*Please note this property currently has NO yards or sheds and no stock available in the sale.

Please do not enter the property without an Agent.

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1409 Katamatite Shepparton Road, Invergordon, VIC
Prestigious Horse Complex

A prestigious horse complex/horse agistment property with superb facilities and quality pine post fencing. Regal Farm is situated at Invergordon in Victoria on a picturesque 41.02 HA (approx.) with irrigation and 5.1 Megalitres HRW. Ideally located approximately 15-20 minutes from major towns, for those astute breeders to locate/breed their valuable broodmares to either Victorian or NSW State bred sires for race programs. Regal Farm is home to some of the finest mares from Australia, America and New Zealand. With modern facilities catering to any request breeders may require for their valued broodmare. The property has had many improvements. Stables with 14 large spacious boxes, a feed room, wash bay, adjoining steel yards including steel round yard, vet crush and Colourbond horse shelters throughout the property, all-weather laneway system, 600m new cambered sand based jog/education track with room to extend, individual small and large paddocks. Accommodation includes a brand new 3 bedroom plus study brick veneer home and a separate modern fully self-contained unit for a farm manager or staff. View the Regal Farm website for more extensive details.

$950,000 + Hay & Machinery, well below market value!

65 Stephans Road, Gunalda, QLD

No need to holiday, you are already there! Wake up to the wallabies and birds it really is a lifestyle people dream about.
The hard work has been done and you can settle in on an already established income producing lemon and lime farm. This unique opportunity comes complete with washing/ polishing and sorting machinery and cold room. 94 acres of flat land, with 4 dams, 15+ billabongs filled with blue claw yabbies only 45min from rainbow beach.
Currently supporting 4 orchards, 500 limes and 400 lemons all with irrigation, and ample scope for extensive expansion this is a must see. The two main dams were desilted last year and expanded for additional crop development.
Like to fish? the back dam is stocked with 12-month-old silver perch, a great spot for a swim after a day of picking with a beer in hand. The main house has a fully fenced yard for young children or pets and the property is fully fenced suitable for cattle, horses or agistment. In addition to the lemons and limes there are 13 R2E2 mango trees fully producing, kaffir lime, banana, and other fruit trees for the household.
The newly renovated home with magnificent cathedral ceilings has an office 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms complete with a large spa bath to soak the afternoon away. There is air-conditioning throughout and a wood fireplace for those cosy winter mornings.
Next door is a self-contained granny flat with a current rental income of $250/week for a boost to income or for family to stay in comfort.

What else?

- Solar power both electricity and hot water
- 5 water tanks
- Two greenhouses one has been set up for fruit and vegetables which is a very substantial size
of (15 x 8m) the other a shaded green house is 4x7m
- 18m x 10m shed which is connected to water and electricity (2 closed bays and 4 open bays)
- Large chook house and run for as many eggs as you can eat
- Walk in and make this place home or look to expand with plenty of water and land ready to go.

We do not accept responsibility for the accuracy of any information. Interested parties should make their own enquiries in order to determine the accuracy of this information. Intending purchasers should seek legal and accounting advice before entering into any contract of sale.