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Pasture - Arable Land

Pasture LandIn the latter part of 2004, the UK saw a 10% rise in the value of farmland or pasture land for sale. The reason - not enough land from which to choose, as well as greater demand from potential buyers. Look at it this way, just 65,300 acres or farmland or pastureland were marketed to the public across the UK during the first half of 2004. That represented a 25% decline in volume when compared to numbers one year earlier. Even more dramatic was Scotland where 12,000 acres of supply was located, saw a 56% decline.

As you look at the pasture land for sale available and land in demand, you can see a serious imbalance. Because of this, value of prime pastureland in England alone has climbed from 11% to £2,560 per acre. When you compare that with just a year earlier, you would see an 8% growth, which is substantial. Land in eastern countries has higher than normal growth, up to 13.3%. Then in areas north of England, values have climbed by 15.1%.

Of all land types in the UK, the greatest for prime value was seen in arable land, which climbed by 11%. Overall, the growth for pasture land has been modest but in some areas, the value has been substantial. Keep in mind that some acres of pastureland have been sold as a part of a residential farm, which means the price was even greater. Even looking strictly at farmland, the challenge is that over 2,000 clients with a combined £2m to spend on land are making the demand even greater.

Now, a consideration associated with pastureland is called desertification, which means land has degraded due to adverse human impact. In these areas, the land includes soil and local water, and even land surface and vegetation/crops. However, the degradation refers to a reduction of resource potential. Because of this, some of the pastureland may not be the right option, even though it is available.

With desertification, you would see things such as water and wind erosion, along with sedimentation. A problem in which pastureland experiences desertification is with overgrazing. This means too much livestock is kept in a given area. The result is a loss of edible food, which then encourages grazing on inedible species. If overgrazing continues, loss of vegetation covering the pastureland results in soil erosion. In addition, land can be damaged from over cultivation, which means the soil loses important nutrients and then erodes. By clearing off vegetation, which is often used for fuel wood, along with poor management or irrigation, soil is damaged. Another problem seen on pastureland that is overly cultivated is wind erosion or dust bowls.

To ensure the pasture land for sale that is available in the UK remains sellable, it must be treated like the valuable resource it is. This means cutting back the number of cattle so all the vegetation is not destroyed or eaten and not clearing off all the land. It also means making sure the soil is protected with nutrients so when you add cattle to the land in the right number, they have a healthy place in which to live.

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