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New year upon us - what are you hoping for?

  • 22-12-2022 1:54pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4,756 ✭✭✭roosterman71

    I recall seeing these new year plan threads for the last few years. Here's the latest incarnation. I didn't bother putting a year on the title as the new boards is a pain in the hole for searching, quoting and what not. This way this thread will be relevant for any year!

    I'll go first since I'm here.

    • I'm building the new house and plough on at that for the year. That will be the main focus. No date for when we'd be in but would be nice to be there by this time next year.
    • Parents another year closer to 80. Must try look after them better and help the sister in her plans to move back to Ireland
    • Continue on as usual on the farm. I'd like to have more say but not to be unfortunately. Father isn't keen on that or in a transfer. I'll continue doing what needs to be done when asked and not worry about anything else.

    2022 thread

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,647 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    Cull of rushes and drainage in some fields.

    Get handling facilities built up.

    Get to position where less time and effort is required.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,268 ✭✭✭Siamsa Sessions

    In no particular order…

    * Try to put a few dairy-beef heifers in calf thru AI

    * Price new slurry storage and figure out which options might fit a long-term plan

    * Clear back ferns and furze around a field and put up electric fence

    * Figure out solar/PV panel options for the sheds

    * Buy my own topper and top more

    * Join Glanbia Twenty/20 scheme (if it’s worth it)

    * Go on a few farm walks

    * Drink more and work less

    * Get better at YouTube videos

    Trading as Sullivan’s Farm on YouTube

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,091 ✭✭✭kollegeknight

    Work: Hoping to apply for a transfer for a new job. No guarantee I’ll get it but otherwise will be stuck in a new place for next 21 years and the new boss doesn’t like me so it will be a struggle.

    home- paint the house before communion

    try sort a few bits and start working upstairs.-eldest is 8 and I’m hoping to have it sorted for her 12th so better start.


    *reduce costs at all costs. If I don’t get into acres, I’ll have no option but to look at planting- have about €11k of bps/anc a year and have to pay my mother €10k a year so need schemes to have any hope to do anything.

    *no more bull so AI a few cows and clear off whatever doesn’t keep.

    *Keep tackling rushes, improve fencing, build a few walls in shed.


    keep plugging away at 3 short term loans- have 14 months left in 2 and they add up to €900 each/month so eat up any free money.


    * always solid enough on this end but probably make a playhouse together and try improve raised beds.

    *take OH out more.


    *make some time for myself. During lockdown, I slowly ran a marathon distance- now, barely have time for a walk and have put on the weight I lost so want to get fit again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,091 ✭✭✭stanflt

    Might liquidate some stock😜

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,093 ✭✭✭FintanMcluskey

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,405 ✭✭✭893bet

    Where’s last years thread so we can see what we missed?

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,091 ✭✭✭stanflt

    Less than you would think- around the same price as a new 150base hp tractor

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,756 ✭✭✭roosterman71

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,253 ✭✭✭Jb1989

    Being nosey and you don't need to answer but are you paying the 20 odd percent income tax on that 10000 euro or finding a tax exemption someway? 2000 euro is a big hit to give the tax man.

  • Registered Users Posts: 964 ✭✭✭Tileman

    Not in acres so no Glas money for next year.

    farm; but if drainage in one field. Tidy up around farm yard after building shed last year which was never done this year.

    house build garage and put up gates and landscape the garden some bit.

    family. Go on another good family holiday. Great Crain last summer.

    get fit. Putting on a good bit of weight over past 12 months.

    try reduce work hours in job. And just get better work life balance. Constantly rushing around and fed up of it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,405 ✭✭✭893bet

    I did what I said I would do last year pretty much.

    I pressed the organic button this year so

    1) Zero preventable calf losses at calving.

    2) Sow some red clover and improve grass land management.

    3) Top a little earlier and a little more often. Avail of the 60 percent grant and buy myself a new mower.

    4) Move the weanling cattle a little more often.

    5) Maybe fence and out farm. Kinda depends on if I join acres or not as might make sense to put in a 1.5m riparian zone and let that pay for the fence.

    6) Maybe a simple handling unit and crush on an out farm towards the end of the year. Will depend on the finances.

    7) Try figure out what system I am going to run in organics.

    Personal life

    1) Spend less time on my phone. It will make more time for everything else that can only be value add.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,091 ✭✭✭kollegeknight

    Pay her about 7200 in salary and remainder in electricity(connected to farm anyway) and couple of bills.

    Haven’t paid the accountant yet for managing that part so not fully certain of fees.

    from my mother point of view, she gets €597 from me per month, I pay about €9 in her tax. That number keeps her under some thresholds.

    it’s the first year of it so not fully clear myself.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,014 ✭✭✭Tonynewholland

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,173 ✭✭✭Dozer1

    Consolidation here for 2023, get as many cattle killed off grass by Jul, without much feeding.

    looking at TAMS for a weighing scales and machinery shed would be a nice to add aswell.

    and 100% buy no machinery!

    off farm, like us all drop a bit of weight, have been alot better at work life balance but need to keep on it.

    get the driveway done to finish the house, wife is looking for concrete as you can powerwash the green off it (we're surrounded in trees) I'd prefer tarmacadam

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,939 ✭✭✭Grueller

    The matcrete would be a nice compromise.

    Autocorrect turned matcrete into machete there!!!! That would make the wife agree

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,939 ✭✭✭Grueller

    I am reading a contiguous herd test in an hours time here due to a neighbour on an outfarm going down. If I get caught I'll be starting a calf shed immediately to have it up and running in 3 weeks.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,586 ✭✭✭GrasstoMilk

    started a 2500 sq ft 2 storey house in April of this year, pretty much self build. Enjoyable but draining too

    waiting for first fix wiring to be completed, plasterer lined up for mid Jan. happy enough with how far we’ve gotten on with to date, would love to have it useable inside and outside for the young lads 3rd birthday and christening of our 6 week old baby in late may

    tall ask but think it’s doable

    farm wise Id like to/need to increase land area, current prices for leased land or land for sale are bonkers

    no major yard infrastructure work bar a dirty water tank for the parlour and 2 bays on a lean two for storage

    looking forward to what cows we’ll be milking next year, got rid of a fair few poorer cows this year and last year, creeping towards 600 kgs ms per cow more and more every year. Think we’ll take a big jump towards that next year

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,647 ✭✭✭funkey_monkey

    Security cameras at home - FAIL

    Secure out Farm - FAIL

    Reseed some Paddocks - FAIL

    Put up handling facilities at out Farm - FAIL

    Cull low performing cows - DONE

    Try castrating calves Younger - DONE

    Slatted tank for Storage - DONE

    Genetic test Bull - DONE

    Tidy Yard - FAIL

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,093 ✭✭✭FintanMcluskey

    Got into boating myself recently.

    It's a fantastic hobby, I'll stay at it for life hopefully.

    Perkins turbo 6354 diesel engines

    FYI some of those in the marine version were turboed & had a habit of blowing the turbo return or supply hose and causing fires. Just something to be aware of and check the condition of.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭White Clover

    What are the project tractors Fintan if you don't mind saying?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,093 ✭✭✭FintanMcluskey

    110-90 & 8211 Zetor. The Zetor is 40k & one of the last produced

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,809 ✭✭✭✭wrangler

    Very good guy servicing it in the marina, anything he doesn't know about boats isn't worth knowing.

    As I said we've had problems with it and he's been through it front to back.

    Thanks for the info anyway

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭White Clover

    2 interesting ones. What work does the Zetor need doing?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,093 ✭✭✭FintanMcluskey

    Brakes and PTO pack replaced will leave it mechanically sound.

    All panels are present but the cab needs some rust repairs to the top panel.

    I have never seen a tractor that starts as easy as the Zetor

    Interestingly it's doing 41kmh on the road with 34 inch rear wheels