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TWO REALLY HELPFUL HINTS ON HOW TO NAVIGATE THE BLM’s SOLICITATION SEEKING BIDS FOR NEW OFF-RANGE PASTURES for wild horses and burros






Have you all heard about the solicitation – it has been in the news here out west:

BLM seeks bids for new off-range pastures for wild horses and burros

I’d like to break it down for those of you who have large parcels of land and need grazers.  Yes, the BLM will pay per head… and will potentially pay for hay during the winter months, but they don’t set the price, you do.  So either they accept, or they don’t.  You are essentially bidding for the opportunity.

“The applicant must submit a business plan that supports the dollar amount needed per head/day to conduct business with the government. The bid should include the percentage of profit the contractor is seeking. The BLM cannot provide a suggested rate.”

First and foremost, your land will need to be qualified by an agency to determine how many animals it can sustain.  Your grassy parcel must be large and robust enough for 200-5000 animals…

If you are ready to move onward, here is what you do:

HOW TO FIND THE SOLICITATION FROM THE BLM

The BLM website has a lot of information… so I’ll help you get to the solicitation.

Click here for solicitation.

Once there, you will see this:

This is the actual solicitation entry site

Now on the right side, you will see this

click on the number 140L0119R0002.pdf and save it. It is 85 pages.

This is the actual solicitation pdf – first page.

NOW WHAT?! –  IT IS 85 PAGES!!  HOW DO I FILL THIS OUT…

So I had a conversation with an informed person at the BLM today and she gave me two important tips.

1 – There are retired federal contractors who help lay people fill out these solicitation for free.  You can find them here.

Click image to go to site

HOW DO I HAVE MY LAND EVALUATED?

Tip #2:  There are organizations that evaluate your land – some do it for free.  Here is a link.

click image to go to site

THE REST TO FILL OUT IS SPECIFIC TO YOUR LAND –  YOU CAN DO IT!  HERE ARE THE FAQ which are often missed when filling out the solicitation.

Frequently asked questions click here.

GOOD LUCK!!  PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WIN A CONTRACT!

EMERGENCY APRIL BUCKET FUND FOR GRANNYPONY!  – the 35+ blind, perfectly mannered little pony – left at the meat auction by her family! Click here for story

We are HALFWAY there!  She needs time to heal so she can have a thorough dental, she needs lots of supplements and so much more weight!

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This 35+ year old granny pony was left at a meat auction to fend for herself in the huge pens with large horses.


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FARRIER DAY!






Yesterday was a big day around here!  Fernando the amazing farrier arrived!  Everyone here really needed trimming because the grass has been so rich and green.  Feet are growing rapidly!

HERE WE GO!

Fernando the Great farrier standing here with Gwen.

Missy Miss. She was not a good girl on her last foot, today. She lost her patience and was very naughty.

Dodger loves Fernando because Fernando gets really low to the ground when he trims. This helps Dodger’s very old joints.

Missy Miss was doing a little mowing before her trim – which was why she was so naughty. She wanted to get back to her job!

Dodger’s pretty front feet!

Norma is very shaggy… not quite shedding yet. Look at those fuzzy tufts of curly eyebrows. Dodger finished his breakfast while he waited for Norma to have her feet done.

Dodger gives a longing look over to Missy Miss who was mowing the lawn between the pastures.

Norma slimed Fernando’s clean shirt.

Meanwhile, Wrigley (left), Finn (top of hill) and BG (inside paddock – you can only see her neck) are continuing to mow the alley between their pasture and Annie’s.

I put up panels so that Annie could mow in front of her pasture.

And here is her muddy self! I groomed her and she is just beautiful today!

I saw these on FB and they made me laugh!

It is just a highly adjustable doll… but it looks like it has so much personality!

Ha!

EMERGENCY APRIL BUCKET FUND FOR GRANNYPONY!  – the 35+ blind, perfectly mannered little pony – left at the meat auction by her family! Click here for story

We are almost halfway there!  She needs time to heal so she can have a thorough dental, she needs lots of supplements and so much more weight!

All donations are 100% tax deductible.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!  Click here to donate!


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