The Bureau of Land Management has set Western grazing fees for 1989 at a 21 percent higher than last year.

BLM Director Robert F. Burford said the monthly rate of $1.86 per animal unit month was based on beef cattle prices and fees on competing private lands. Last year the rate was $1.54 per animal unit.A monthly animal unit equates to the amount of forage consumed by one adult cow and a calf, one horse, or five sheep or goats.

The sliding scale fee formula was set in 1986 after years of controversy between ranchers and environmentalists. The price rises and falls with current cattle prices.