Request for Proposals to Graze
1-year Contract with up to 4 renewals -AUM’s assessed annually
Bids to be submitted on a “Per AUM” Basis
The Municipal District of Willow Creek is prepared to receive Sealed Proposals to provide the following service:
2021 Grazing Season of 80 AUM (animal unit months) on approximately 317 acres (127 hectares) of municipally owned property.
“Animal Unit Month” (AUM) means the amount of forage that would normally be consumed in one month of grazing by a mature cow weighing up to 1000 pounds; either dry or with calf up to six months of age. For every 100 pounds by which a cow weighs more than 1000 pounds, the cow will be deemed to consume an additional 0.1 AUM. Yearlings will be calculated at 0.75 AUM, while bulls will be calculated at 1.5 AUM.
LEGAL LAND DESCRIPTION OF GRAZING AREA:
NORTH HALF OF SECTION TWELVE (12), IN TOWNSHIP NINE (9), RANGE TWENTY-SEVEN (27), WEST OF THE FOURTH (4TH) MERIDIAN, CONTAINING 317.54 ACRES, MORE OR LESS.
The agreement will be in the form of a 1-year Contract with up to 4 (1-yr) options to renew based on contract performance. Animal Unit Months may be adjusted annually subject to weather conditions, grazing management, water availability and Lessee remaining in good standing with the MD of Willow Creek. The lessee will be notified by the MD of the carrying capacity prior to each grazing season.
MD of Willow Creek Grazing Management Objectives:
- Maintain or enhance vigor and range health of native plant communities, including Foothills Fescue and other native plant species.
- Limit or prevent impacts of cattle grazing on dugout edge.
- Maintain moisture retention i.e., Appropriate litter/thatch
- Control spread of invasive species. (MD will apply herbicide as a method of weed control as required) However it is important to have an integrated approach.
- No cattle shall enter premises until July 15th and must be removed by October 31st.
- Successful Bidder will notify MD of entry date and will coordinate with Ag Fieldman to have MD staff present on day of entry.
The primary plant community consists of native trees and forbs and a combination of native and modified grass species. The primary grass species are Foothills Fescue, Western and Northern wheatgrass along with smooth brome and Kentucky bluegrass. There are some invasive plants on the property including Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), some small patches of downy brome (Bromus tectorum L.) and scattered hound’s tongue (Cynglossum officinale L.) and greater burdock (Arctium lappa L.) plants. The primary water source is a large dugout situated in the east end of the property. The south portion of the property is marshy with ephemeral water puddles that cattle may utilize.
- The lessee must be willing to work within the Grazing Management Objectives of the MD of Willow Creek.
- Animal Unit Months may be adjusted annually based on weather conditions, grazing management, water availability and Lessee remaining in good standing with the MD of Willow Creek. The lessee will be notified by the MD of the carrying capacity prior to each grazing season.
- The property is not to be used for any purpose other than grazing cattle.
- The lessee will be responsible for maintenance of fence.
- Motorized vehicle access will be restricted to only those activities deemed necessary and any operators of motorized vehicles will be mindful of fire risks.
- No improvements to or additions of infrastructure (fences, gates, corrals, etc.) will be permitted without prior approval by the MD of Willow Creek.
- Supplementary feed such as hay, straw or grain will not be permitted without prior approval by the MD of Willow Creek.
- The lessee will utilize an off-stream watering system (can be provided by the MD of Willow Creek) to prevent cattle from directly accessing the dugout. It is the responsibility of the lessee to maintain and operate it.
- The lessee will employ all appropriate methods to maintain dispersion of cattle across the property including the strategic placement of salt/mineral and, if necessary, non-permanent electric fence.
- The MD of Willow Creek will maintain uninterrupted access to all gravel sites situated on the property.
- The MD of Willow Creek may at all reasonable times enter and inspect the property and count cattle.
- The MD of Willow Creek may at all reasonable times enter and control invasive plants.
- The MD of Willow Creek maintains the right to terminate the agreement with notice.
- The lessee will vacate the property upon termination of the agreement.