Seeking land to lease for a very small herd of cows, a horse, and poultry in Deschutes County, near Bend


Land Seeker Description

4-H family seeking to lease a place for 5-10 head of breeding cattle, a horse, and potentially, some poultry. We own and operate a cow-calf/custom slaughter beef operation on half section in Wyoming; however, we are relocating to the Bend area for family reasons.  We currently partner with a neighboring farmer to harvest our dryland grass-alfalfa hay, and would be interested in learning to plant and harvest such for ourselves. 

What features of the property are essential?

Cattle windbreaks, livestock watering well, pasture, and sufficient fencing.

Describe your farming experience

Managed calving barn at a small family dairy while pursuing B.S. in Animal Science. Owner-operator of a cow-calf/custom slaughter beef and haying operation since 2005.

Are you currently farming?


What are your short term goals for the land

To pasture a small herd of cow-calf pairs, while learning to plant and harvest hay. Also, to provide a place for our children to pursue their 4-H interests and projects.

What are your long term goals

Complete mastery of hay farming, and 40 head of breeding cattle.

Describe your housing needs

Farmhouse with loafing shed and chicken coop would be nice, but is not a requirement. The land is the primary need.

What will you do as a farmer to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for everyone on your farm and in your community?

Everyone should have an opportunity to learn where their food comes from, and have a healthy respect for those who are still in the business of producing it. Practicing good animal husbandry and sustainable growing practices, are the best ways to be an ambassador for our industry. Fostering 4-H and FFA youth in their agricultural pursuits is key to future food security.

Additional Land Seeker Details

Regions interested in farming:

Acreage desired:
5 - 10 acres, 11 - 20 acres

Seeking land access by:
January 1, 2023

Interested in raising the following crops / livestock:
Bees, Cattle, Hay, Pasture, Poultry, Sheep, Other

Interested in these business arrangements:
Lease-to-own, Lease with option to purchase, Lease for cash, Lease for trade

Interested in these growing practices:
Organic, Not Certified, Biodynamic, Dry Farming, Conventional, 7

Date when this profile was last modified or created:
December 12, 2022

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