Saskatchewan freezes grazing rates on Crown land for 2024

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The Government of Saskatchewan is freezing the 2024 Crown land grazing rates at 2022 levels, as the industry continues to deal with the effects of several years of dry conditions, the province says.

Saskatchewan has approximately 6 million acres of Crown land under grazing leases.

Crown grazing rates are set annually using a formula based on fall cattle prices and the long-term stocking rate of each parcel of land. The rate freeze applies to all grazing leases in Saskatchewan. This is the second consecutive year that rates have been maintained at existing levels.

The rate reduction will apply in situations where an individual lessee or pasture association must reduce the number of animals grazing Crown leases by 20 per cent or more, compared to the approved long-term carrying capacity of that land, due to the dry conditions. This program helps to protect and maintain the sustainability of Crown land for the long term, the province says.

Saskatchewan has approximately 6 million acres of Crown land under grazing leases.

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