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Greenbelt Agricultural Classification filing period

Greenbelt Agricultural Classification filing period:   January 1 – March 1

If you are the owner of Agricultural Property which did not receive a Greenbelt Agricultural Classification under your ownership in 2015, and you wish to apply for this Classification for the privileged lower property tax assessment in 2016, you must file an application between January 1 and March 1 with the Property Appraiser in the county where the property is located.  The form number is DR-482,  Application and Return for Agricultural Classification of Lands, and is available from the County Property Appraiser or online either from the Department of Revenue or the County Property Appraiser’s Office.  Note: some property appraisers may use a substitute form.

If you already receive a Greenbelt Agricultural Classification on your property and wish to continue the Classification in 2014, you will receive one of two forms from the County Property Appraiser.  If the County requires annual renewal of the Classification, you will receive a green card, DR-499, Agricultural Classification of Lands Renewal.  You must sign and return the DR-499 card between January 1 and March 1.  If your County does not require an annual renewal of the Classification, you will receive a different green card, DR-499AR, Removal of Agricultural Classification.  Regardless of the form name, this is your automatic renewal card; you do nothing with it unless your property is no longer qualified for the Classification.

Greenbelt common mistakes

Don’t make these common mistakes:  they could cost you!

If you are under the impression, or were told, a Greenbelt Agricultural Classification held by the previous owner
transfers with an exchange of ownership, it does not!  You must file a new application.

The absolute filing deadline is March 1.  The law does allow for extenuating circumstances; however, failure to make timely application, unawareness of the need to apply, and “lost in the mail” are usually not acceptable as extenuating circumstances.

Get a receipt copy (stamped received) of your DR-482 application.  Get a receipt for the DR-499 card; it is another green card:  DR-499R.

A Greenbelt Agricultural Classification is an extremely valuable document to place in the mail:  File the DR-482 and 499 in person, if possible, or, at least make sure you receive a receipt from the Property Appraiser prior to the filing deadline. 

Do not sign and return the DR-499AR card unless your property is no longer qualified for the Greenbelt Agricultural Classification.  You will be removing the Classification if you sign and return the card.

How Many Sheep Would It Take To Make A Living?

How Many Sheep Would It Take To Make A Living?


June 20th, 2008 ·


(Originally Published in Sheep Team Newsletter February 2005)
The size of a ewe flock, or number of feeder lambs, required to make a desired living income is one of those economic questions most easily answered by “that depends.”  It depends upon such things as the: desired family living standard, amount of debt or investment to be paid by enterprise profits, production efficiency,  market prices received for the products, and per unit cost of production.  The web sites listed at the end of this article provide various budgets and analysis methods to help establish the profit potential of a given sheep enterprise. It should be noted that Net Farm Income or Profit will be affected greatly by assumptions made for market prices, production levels (lambs sold per ewe), available family labor, and feed costs. However, it may be best to first step back and look at some general economic principles, as it pertains to all family farm businesses producing commodities for sale.

The majority of farm flocks are 25 to 50 ewes and act as “scavengers” on a small farm utilizing waste land for pasture, unused labor and non-farm income.  According to Rodney Jones, Kansas State Extension Livestock Production Economist, 250 or more ewes are a more efficient enterprise because farms can justify more labor saving equipment.  However, this size will still not provide enough work nor income for a farm family.

The 2003 Ohio Business Summary of farms, utilizing the FINPACK computer program for financial analysis, averaged $333,344 Value of Farm Production per farm with 1.5 operators, $66,233 Net Farm Income, and about $20,000 of non-farm income.  On a per family basis this would be $222,000 of Farm Production, $44,155 NFI, plus about $14,000 of non-farm income.  Economists have generally indicated that it takes about $42-48,000 living costs for an average farm family.  The average family living and taxes from the 2003 Ohio Summary was $46,752 per farm.  So how many dollars of gross farm sales would it generally take to earn nearly $50,000 to take care of a family?

It generally takes about $300,000 of gross revenue to generate $50,000 family living income.  Assume it takes 74% of revenue (operating expense ratio) to cover “out-of-the -pocket” costs.  This leaves 26% for debt service, capital replacement, growth and family living costs.  The $300,000 gross revenue example would net $78,000.  After $50,000 for family living, this would only leave $28,000 for debt payments and investment.

How many sheep would produce $300,000 in gross revenue?  If you were efficient enough to sell 1.5, 125 pound lambs per ewe at a $90/cwt, the gross per ewe (not including wool or cull income) is $168.75.  Therefore, it would take 1778 ewes if the farm held to a 74% operating expense ratio. In other words, a net of $43.88 per ewe  would be left for debt payments, investment and family living.  Now look at the following web sites, insert your numbers and determine your own budget.  Also, note that you will need to grow 5-7% per year just to keep even.

Cornell University budgets for sheep, including a 700 ewe example:
Idaho Extension budget for 100 Ewes and Lambs:
Iowa State Extension inter-active livestock budgets:
Kansas State University budget for Ewe Flocks:
Kansas State University budget for Feedlot Lambs:
Midwest Plans Service for sheep facilities and equipment:
Ohio State University Extension budgets:
Virginia Extension Sheep & Lamb budgets:

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