agistment and fodder register
In times of hardship or crisis sometimes people need to look to outside sources to help them make it through to better times.
The TFGA's agistment and fodder register is designed to be a conduit for farmers who might have excess product or a service available that they would like to offer our members.
The feed and Fodder Register is a website funded by the State Government grant of $44,00 and put together by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) to assist Tasmanian farmers seeking sources of feed during our excessively dry season.
It is an easy to use, secure and a frequently updated portal for Tasmanian farmers to place wanted to buy ads AND ads to sell fodder. You can use this site on either your personal computer, tablet and or mobile phone. It is designed to be used anywhere you go.
Agistment provides a wide range of alternatives both for stock and property owner's, however before entering into any arrangement its important that all parties are understand their responsibilities and rights.
Agistment is a feeding option available when feed is short on the home property. It may be taken up when the economics of hand feeding (with associated labour involvement) are judged more expensive. Long-term returns, often overlooked in initial calculations, may favour good agistment over the maintenance feeding of stock during prolonged dry spells.
For more information on the responsibilities and rights involved with agistment, click here
An agistment contract should describe the responsibilities of the livestock owner and the agistor. It should also set out procedures for dealing with problems which could arise.
Although an experienced legal adviser should prepare the agistment contract, you need to provide this adviser with relevant information about your requirements.
Livestock owners are normally responsible for:
- paying all costs for care of their stock;
- informing agistors of diseases affecting their stock, and treatment required;
- insurance for their stock, and against any damage they may cause;
- checking stock routinely to ensure conditions of the agreement are being met; and
- ensuring that the agistor can contact the owner or owner's representative in an emergency.
Agistors are usually responsible for:
- advising owners if for any reason, the site becomes unsuitable for agistment eg if dams are contaminated with blue-green algae, or diseased stock are present;
- advising owners of disease, accident or injury to stock (but would not be liable unless this was due to negligence);
- sending invoices and a final notice of the planned sale of their stock to recover costs;
- allowing the owner access to records of agistment costs and proceeds from the sale of stock for a set period, and any money left over after deducting agistment costs.
Agistors may require:
- a lien over the stock until the agistment debt is paid;
- power of attorney concerning the stock and progeny so that the agistor has the power to sell the stock after all reasonable efforts have been made to obtain outstanding agistment payment from the owner;
- indemnity from the owner signing the contract, for agreed costs eg veterinary costs;
- the stock owner to be liable for any residual debt not covered by the sale; and
- the right to update stud books so that thoroughbreds can be sold at true value.
The following may be set out in a contract to protect owners against wrongful sale of the stock:
- minimum period that the debt may remain outstanding before the stock are sold;
- payment of a specified proportion of debt to postpone the sale of stock for a specified period; and notice of public auction of the stock to be advertised in a specified newspaper.
If you think that you may have an agistment opportunity available for purchase, please register your details by calling (03) 6332 1800 or by filling out the form below. None of your personal details will appear on our website, just location of your agistment and its carrying capacity.
The TFGA continues to source short-term fodder supplies from across Tasmania. If you’re a farmer with fodder reserves that you are willing to sell, please register your details by calling (03) 6332 1800 or by filling out the form below. None of your personal details will appear on our website, just your location and the type and quality of the fodder on offer.
The details below will be published and listed on the TFGA website Fodder Register for four weeks.
Once your fodder is sold, please contact the TFGA to have your name removed from the register.
Type of Fodder
Location of agistment and carrying capacity (DSE/ha)
|Type of ground|
Longford Wheat straw
Grass seed straw
Exton 600 - 6 x 4 bales
Deloraine Wheat Straw
Cressy 300 + bales of grass
Meander 200 bales of pea and
oat chopped silage
200 bales of grass and
clover chopped silage
Oyster Cove 600 bales silage ($70 each) (sell large loads, will
fatten cattle), 400 bales of hay