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Renting a field. Price and where to start looking

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Hi, I'm looking to rent a field. It only needs to be big enough for one sheep. I want it near my house as possible. Does anyone rent a field an know an average cost? And where do I start looking… Read More
lincolnsmommy Avatar
7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Hi,

I'm looking to rent a field. It only needs to be big enough for one sheep. I want it near my house as possible.

Does anyone rent a field an know an average cost? And where do I start looking for one?

I'm taking on a little lamb who's mother has died so need info asap please. I'll keep searching the net aswel

thanks everyone
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Try contacting the local farmers. Chances are they might be able to let your little lamb be in their field for a monthly fee. :)

I have a friend who has this arrangement with their horse to be kept in the farmers field and pays them a small monthly fee. :)
#2
That's so cute!! Why not do as above... find a farmer who would let you put it with his sheep? That way the little lamb wouldn't be lonely!!
#3
That's a good idea. I'm surrounded by fields aswel. This might be a stupid question but can sheep be kept with horses? The field behind me has two horses that I feed and water for the owners so they might let me keep him there. The only worry with leaving it in a field with other sheep is if they go to slaughter. I couldn't let that happen to the little guy x
#4
The price of a field will change grately depending on where you live!! Try finding a stables, as sheep can graze with horses and they shouln't charge you too much. Good luck.
#5
I hope you engaged your brain as well as your heart?
have you got insurance arranged? there could be big vets bills and also if it escapes from the field and causes an accident I think you will find they will be knocking on your door asking for some money.
banned#6
We had ours in our garden then when they were big enough my mum took them to slaughter and we had them with mint sauce for dinner :cry: i had a traumatic child hood.
#7
lumoruk
We had ours in our garden then when they were big enough my mum took them to slaughter and we had them with mint sauce for dinner :cry: i had a traumatic child hood.


Did it taste good though?
#8
The Fox
I hope you engaged your brain as well as your heart?
have you got insurance arranged? there could be big vets bills and also if it escapes from the field and causes an accident I think you will find they will be knocking on your door asking for some money.


All this I'll sort out once I fine out where his staying. I going to do all I can x
#9
Just to warn you....
Legal conditions
Even if you have a sufficiently large area to enable you to keep animals, there may be restrictions on your property preventing this. You have to check the deeds to see if you're in the clear. If you go ahead without doing this you can bet one of your neighbours will have done so and if they're not animal lovers, you're in trouble.

Before you can purchase a sheep or goat you must have a County Parish Holding number. This is to identify your premises - check with your local council for the address of the issuing office.

When you have your holding number (CPH) you can then register with Defra - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. There are area offices so the address and phone number is different wherever you live. The phone book will provide details.

You can't move sheep or goats without a licence, so it's not a case of just going to fetch your new pet from the people in the next village. You should be given a copy of the movement order from whoever is selling you the animal. If you want to move it on, then you have to get a general movement licence yourself. (more about movement licences in a separate article)

Even if you want to take your sheep or goat for a walk away from your premises you will have to get a 'walking licence'.

You must by law keep a formal record of the number of sheep and goats on your holding on the 1st January each year and of course each animal must have a permanent identification mark, which can be an ear tag or tattoo.
banned#10
Agnes i'm not sure if this applies to pets i.e. 2 of an animal. Link would be helpful. My mum had a goat as well though, it was moved around with a proper pen though. She used to walk it through town :roll:.
#11
I'm sure that you have thought of this but theres a big difference between a male and female sheep. Easier to deal with a female sheep over time as a grown up male will be a ram with a tendency to butt. They dont stay on the bottle for long.
#12
lumoruk
Agnes i'm not sure if this applies to pets i.e. 2 of an animal. Link would be helpful. My mum had a goat as well though, it was moved around with a proper pen though. She used to walk it through town :roll:.


I got the info from Pet Samaritans website - they are a pet re-homing charity
http://www.petsamaritans.co.uk/pet-advice/pet-advice-guides/keeping-goats-and-sheep-as-pets-2007042595.html

I think lots of new regs came in after the foot and mouth outbreak. There is more info here
http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/detail?type=RESOURCES&itemId=1082271497

and it states
You must be registered with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) even if you only keep one sheep or goat.
banned#13
[QUOTE=agnes]I got the info from Pet Samaritans website - they are a pet re-homing charity
http://www.petsamaritans.co.uk/pet-advice/pet-advice-guides/keeping-goats-and-sheep-as-pets-2007042595.html

I think lots of new regs came in after the foot and mouth outbreak. There is more info here
/QUOTE]

Was 16 odd years ago so i guess things will have changed.
#14
lumoruk;8095372
[QUOTE=agnes]I got the info from Pet Samaritans website - they are a pet re-homing charity
http://www.petsamaritans.co.uk/pet-advice/pet-advice-guides/keeping-goats-and-sheep-as-pets-2007042595.html

I think lots of new regs came in after the foot and mouth outbreak. There is more info here
/QUOTE]

Was 16 odd years ago so i guess things will have changed.


Gosh, NO, the "big" foot and mouth outbreak that saw the culling of more than 7 million animals in Britain was in 2001 and there was a further small outbreak in 2007. DEFRA have really tightened up on the keeping of all livestock, even as pets, to try and prevent a repeat of a widescale outbreak. Many of the new regs about recording movement etc came into force for animals born after 31 Dec 2009.

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