Fort Meade BLM Grazing Allotments Up for Bid

The Bureau of Land Management is now accepting sealed bids for the lease of two grazing allotments in the Fort Meade Recreation Area during the 2014- 2016 grazing seasons.  The leases are for cattle grazing only.   

Bids for “Item #1” and/or “Item #2” should be delivered to the South Dakota Field Office at 310 Roundup Street, Belle Fourche, South Dakota, 57717, by 3:00 p.m. on March 14th.  A sealed bid opening will occur at 3:15 p.m. on the same day.

All submitted bids are final and cannot be changed.  

Field tours of the grazing allotments will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 24, and at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, beginning at the Fort Meade Campground.  To reach the campground, take Exit 34 off Interstate 90, cross under the interstate, and take the Scenic Byway one half mile northeast to the campground.  

Item # 1 is the Bear Butte Allotment, which contains 2,990 acres.  This area lies north of Highway 34 one mile east of Sturgis, S.D.  It will provide 1,261 animal unit months of livestock forage.  Use will be authorized for between 175 and 227 cattle depending on the weight of the cattle from May 15 to October 30 of each year.  All use will follow a five pasture deferred rotation grazing system in accordance with the allotment management plan.

Item # 2 is the Fort Meade Allotment, which contains 2,790 acres.  This area lies south of Highway 34 one mile east of Sturgis, SD.  It will provide 560 animal unit months of livestock forage.  Use will be authorized for between 108 and 140 cattle depending on the weight of the cattle from June 15 to October 15 of each year.  All use will follow a four pasture deferred rotation grazing system in accordance with the allotment management plan.

CLICK HERE for a detailed description of the land, specifications and conditions under which bids may be received and contracts issued, and forms for submitting bids. If you have any questions please call Carmen Drieling at (605) 892-7011.