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The Bureau of Land Management is seeking proposals from contractors who can provide humane care for a minimum of 200 wild horses in a free-roaming pasture setting on an annual basis.

This is a perfect opportunity to diversify a ranching operation. The deadline is April 29.

Proposals must show that the pastures are located in one of the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon (excluding west of the Cascade Mountain Range), South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington (excluding west of the Cascade Mountain Range) and Wyoming.

Each proposal must include documentation to support the land’s carrying capacity and the contractor’s required per head/day cost. In addition to providing a quality pasture, the contractor is required to provide supplemental feed during the dormant months. The contracts are for a one-year period, with a renewal option for a four-year or nine-year period.

To review the solicitation:

• Go to www.fedconnect.net and click on “Search Public Opportunities.

• Under Search Criteria, select “Reference Number,” put in the solicitation number “L16PS00305” and click Search. The solicitation information will appear.

The solicitation form describes what to submit and where to send it for consideration.

Applicants who have never conducted business with the federal government must first obtain a Duns and Bradstreet number at www.dnb.com before registering at www.sam.gov/. There is no fee involved in registering with sam.gov.

For assistance, visit www.blm.gov/whb to review the resource page or contact Kemi Ismael, at 202-912-7098 or kismael@blm.gov, or Michael Byrd at 202-912-7037 or mbyrd@blm.gov. These contacts can assist with general questions and coordinate a meeting for an applicant with a BLM small business specialist. Contractors may also visit the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) website, which provides assistance to applicants for government contracts. Most assistance is free to little charge.

For general questions about the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, please contact 866-468-7826 or wildhorse@blm.gov.

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