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Old 01-27-2007, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Dogs would go after sheep to..you could try a few cows.. the ag on a property that small would be to get the ag exemption on taxes. Not sure what the actual value on that is but I know it does help out alot
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Old 01-28-2007, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley, Ca
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Dogs would go after sheep to..you could try a few cows.. the ag on a property that small would be to get the ag exemption on taxes. Not sure what the actual value on that is but I know it does help out alot
Yes I have heard that. 9 dogs won't be enough to get the exempt huh I would love to have a few goats and or cows.

Do you have goats and cows?
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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My folks live near Willow City (north of Fredericksburg, west-northwest from Johnson city) and they have 22 acres. They have most of the land under ag exemption, since they raise sheep and train herding dogs. A couple of notes on buying land in the Hill Country.
- Land is priced at what it is worth, so if the land is really cheap, there is a reason. Things to check
- Is it in the flood plain? If so, what percentage of the land?
- Are utilities available reasonable near? Do you have to pay big bucks to extend the power lines?
- Most rural HC property gets water from wells. Is there a well on the property? What is the flow rate (in gpm)? If not, check the hydro maps to see if water is likely to be found.
- Is it 'usable' topography? Are 8 of the 12 acres cliffs or ravines?
- Rocky land is a negative for ranching (not much grazing, except for goats) but usually not a problem for building.
- Is there access? Will you need some easment to get to the land?

IF you really want an ag exemption, the rules are county specific, but can save you a BUNDLE of money on the land that is not homesteaded (all but an acre or so, usually). In Gillespie County, you have to work the land for 5 years to get the ag exemption, UNLESS an exemption is already in place. The county agent has to agree that the land is in ag use....you pretty much would have to breed and sell livestock, not just raise a few, although exactly what is needed varies.

Generally speaking, land in Blanco County for <$5000/acre would make me wonder why.
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Bound, we have a herd of cows one bull about 16 cows and 16 calves at this point. No goats. I believe we got it because we have more than 7 cows so its just not some 4H program we actually raise them and off to market the calves do go (don't tell my 4 yr old that though!). I know a few of our neighbors they raise some goats but they have something killing them off also (we are thinking mountain lions since we have all heard then during their mating season) Cows we can leave them be for a few days and they can take care of themselves/ With that being said I have started hearing of cattle rustling (stealing) more and more. We are lucky in that one of the ranches we have to drive through is a game/hunting ranch and they have armed guards at the entrance so that helps us. I agree with Train that $5000 per acre seems a bit (ok alot) cheap in the hill country. If you want to PM me I can tell you what the gossip is per acre in our area of the hill country so check out whats wrong or tell me the mls number and I can take a look at it for ya online and maybe have a clue why.
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley, Ca
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It looks like all 500 acres of the Durham Ranch has sold. It was on Lindemann Lane/CR404 In Blanco. The 16 acres also.

I believe when something looks funny it usually is. So we backed off.

Thanks Neddy and Train.
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