This is an agistment agreement for cattle, easily adapted for sheep or other livestock. It allows a landholder to receive payment in return for grazing the animals of another party on his land.
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About this agistment agreement
This agistment agreement is a contract for one party (the agistor) to assume responsibility for the maintenance and welfare of another party's livestock in return for payment.
Agistment can cover a wide range of situations from simple arrangements such as grazing and basic shelter to full offerings of services including breeding and nutrition. Agistment can be a useful management strategy during a dry season as it offers the benefits of:
- avoiding the need to sell livestock
- avoiding the need for supplementary feeding
- maintaining a breeding nucleus (especially if the animals are mixed with those of another client)
- providing better feed for livestock
- spelling pastures, allowing them time to respond after the dry season
Agistment may be arranged by a brief discussion. However, verbal agistment agreements rarely plan for problems such as veterinary care or disease, non-payment by owners, or the need to relocate animals in emergency. Nor is there any record of what was agreed if there is a dispute. If a dispute does arise, the terms of a verbal agreement can be hard to prove.
The Department of Primary Industries recommends using a written agistment agreement such as this one. Using one makes sure that both owners and landholders are aware of their rights and obligations from the start, and a thorough agreement can reduce the likelihood of problems later on.
The law in this agistment contract
This contract uses common law. It follows the guidelines set out by NSW Department of Primary Industries.
When to use this agistment agreement
- For use where the owner is paying the agistor per head of animal for grazing and other services
- Suitable for professional agistors to use as a client contract
- Drawn for cattle, but could be easily amended for sheep and other livestock
- For short term and longer term contracts
Agreement features and contents
- Description of the livestock
- Fees: including failure to pay and interest
- Owner warranties
- Veterinary call out
- Right of lien
- Obligation of the agistor
- Other miscellaneous paragraphs to protect your interests
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current Australian law.
How other customers rated this document
Average customer rating
By Karen Mellor 17 November 2016
Exactly what I was looking for!
By Linda Stewart 10 November 2016
Excellent document. I was concerned that problems might surface with my informal agistment arrangement with my neighbour . This document eased both our minds.
By Jason Horley 29 January 2016
Simple, quick and easy. I will be a return customer
By Letitia De Lima 06 December 2015
Excellent document. Provided my client with the agreement he needed and required very few amendments.
By Jan Bailey 19 October 2015
Very well put together & assisted me in the preparation of the agreement- The property owner just wanted a very informal agreement until I persuaded him to use an official document - all about protection & duty of care
By Dion Harvey 31 July 2014
Simple to use and did everything we needed. Highly recommend
By George Nichols 16 February 2014
It is very hard to find appropriate documents that are suitable for agricultural enterprises. This document went beyond my expectations and very brilliant resource.
By Kerry Olive 03 November 2013
I purchased the document as I required a formal agreement between a client and his self managed super fund. This is a requirement for SMSFs to meet the criteria of dealing with yourself at arms length however we did not want the expense of having a solicitor draw up the agreement. Your document was perfect as it covered all the relevant points and we were able to use it without a great deal of editing. It would recommend it to others.
By John Stewart 21 April 2016
Simple, easy to use document.
By Robert Morgan 23 February 2016
I have not been able to open the document as it isn't comparable with my iPad device
Net Lawman responds 03 March 2016
You have told us you are now buying a new computer.
By Matthew Geaney 11 May 2015
By Heather Olm 05 September 2014
I found your website on Google while surfing for an agistment agreement. Your document seemed to cover everything I needed. I have 'tweaked' it to fit my requirements. I am very happy with the result and would have no hesitation in recommending your organization.
By Sue Butler 21 March 2014
I bought the agistment agreement to support what would have been a "handshake" .
Agreement with a neighbor for agistment. It was easy to understand and edit, and downloaded quickly and easily. Good to have it on file for future use. Thank you!
By Philip Rich 30 July 2013
I thought the document was quite good . It gave me a good base to work from and I'd definitely use the service again.
By Dave Perry 08 July 2013
I did not really have any concern about using Netlawman. I decided to buy as I continually recommend to others who have problems with 'the Owner' to have a written agreement in place before excepting cattle on agistment. I was not prepared to go to a legal representative and pay an unreasonable amount for something which I could probably write myself if I sat down and thought about the problems other people have encountered. Identifying the Agistor, the Owner, the property and the fact that no risk lies with the Agistor were important to me. Having this document has made it quite simple for me to write an agistment contract/agreement. I liked the specifications relating to liens over cattle which is the problem which most people encounter. I would recommend Net Lawman to others in relation to this contract.
By John Loebenstein 19 July 2016
The document template was useful but not overly so. It contained clauses that frankly are not the way normal agistment works in Australia. This may have been the case for a specific case but thee were many clauses that simply do not apply. Thus I had to draw on other resources before I had a comprehensive practical document. Nevertheless it was useful as a starting point.
Net Lawman responds 07 August 2016
This document has had five stars from many buyers. Nonetheless, we have talked to you and you have given us some ideas for change which we have now incorporated into the document. Thank you.
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