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We are looking at buying land to eventually put cattle on. If I have someone come and cut and bale, do you pay them by letting them have the bales or do they pay you for the bales? It’s probably a dumb question but I’m as green as they come
 

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Here it's 60/40 with the landowner having the option to buy the 60% back from the operator. It ultimately always comes down to two people coming to an agreement and the terms only have to make those two people happy.
 

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As others have stated, it really depends on where you live and your individual market. In MY area, where grass is plentiful:
1. The farmer does not pay to lease a hayfield.
2. The farmer is responsible for inputs (lime, fertilizer, herbicides, etc)
3. The farmer cuts, rakes, bales and takes all of the hay at no cost.
4. The landowner gets a well maintained field at no cost.

If the landowner wants a portion of the hay, he can either purchase from the farmer, usually at a discount, or he can pay for the inputs and take a percentage of the crop, the percentage of which is again, dependent upon your market. Usually runs 50/50 or 60/40 (farmer getting the 60%).
 
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