CAN I GRAZE CATTLE OR OTHER LIVESTOCK?
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In order to graze cattle, the land must be designated as agricultural land that is zoned for livestock. The number of animal units per acre is specified by the zoning of the property. If near roadways or a city border, municipal or Arizona Dept. of Transportation restrictions and fencing requirements may apply. Consult your County Planning and Zoning office to confirm restrictions on grazing locations and number of grazing allotments.
In addition to cattle you may also be able to raise buffalo, goat, sheep, chicken, ostrich, emu, llama, and alpaca.
If interested in raising exotic animals, Arizona Game and Fish permits may be required.
If interested in learning more about the Arizona “Livestock & Crop Conservation Grant Program”, which supports projects that provide for the preservation of open space, contact the Arizona Department of Agriculture.
Suggestions for maintaining a successful grazing program can be provided by NRCS and found in the Tips for Land and Water Management for Small Farms and Ranches in Arizona, available through Arizona Cooperative Extension.
Photo credit: Arizona Cattleman’s Association
For More Information, Contact:
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Arizona Cooperative Extension
928.428.2611 (Graham County)
928.359.2261 (Greenlee County)
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