Open Range Land
Open range land is typically an area made up of grazing land, where livestock can roam freely across property lines. For farmers and ranchers, purchasing open range land is beneficial because they are not liable for any damage their cattle or other animals may cause to another’s property.
To establish open range, local ranches partner with the local farm bureau to petition for designation of a specific grazing land. If land is declared by the local county or other municipal government body as open range, property owners will have to fence in their areas if they want to keep livestock off of their property. Building a fence is a way for property owners protect their own interests because if any damage is done to a fenced property, the owner of that livestock will be responsible for recouping the damages.
Before purchasing property, it’s important to consider what you will be doing with your land. If you are interested in purchasing land for farming or ranching purposes, open range land may be a great choice. If you aren’t interested in pursuing either of these activities, be mindful when buying land and determine from the get go whether or not the property is a designated open range area.
It’s also important to consider open range motor laws before buying land in such an area. If you were to accidently hit livestock with your car in an open range area, you will be liable for the cost of the animal while the owner is not liable for any damages you may incur, such as hospital bills or car damage.
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