Agistment for small landholders

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Type: Webpage
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Introductory guide to agisting stock in Western Australia for both livestock owners and land owners.

Agistment describes the movement of livestock from a property where there is little feed or water to another property where there are adequate supplies. Such an arrangement normally involves payment, but it may still be cheaper than hand feeding your animals.

This WA Government webpage introduces the concept of agistment, it’s advantages and points to consider before agisting livestock.


  • Keep valuable livestock alive during dry times
  • Giving pastures a rest
  • Reduce heat stress and maintain condition

Points to consider

  • Visit the agistment property and consider the following:
    • Fence and gate condition
    • Feed available
    • Issues concerning parasites, disease and weeds
    • Water salinity and algal blooms
    • Stock handling facilities
  • Total cost
    • Includes transport, fees, cost of visits, insurance, legal fees
  • How does it compare with other options?
    • Selling and restocking
    • Buying in feed

Agistment agreement

The page outlines the need to draw up a written, binding agreement.

For person offering agistment:

  • Soil and Land Conservation Act 1945 you are responsible for the condition of your paddocks and for any degradation caused by overgrazing.
  • Notice period
  • Fees and payment

NLIS considerations:

  • You will need to register a separate PIC for the agistment property (no fee) and transfer stock on the NLIS database as required.
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