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Very small farm. Owner retiring

  • 29-01-2023 7:43pm
    Registered Users Posts: 22,031 ✭✭✭✭ mickdw

    Small farm that keeps about 6 suckler cows and gets about 3k in grants per years.

    Farmer getting out of cattle due to age.

    We are looking at options going forward.

    Nobody here has time for calving cows.

    Perhaps just keeping enough dry cattle to satisfy grants is the way forward. Don't want to rent it out anyway.

    Are there any tillage schemes or other environmental schemes that a small holding could be entered into to make a small return without keeping animals at all.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8 EIapprentice

    Why so hesitant to let when noone has any interest in farming it?

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,031 ✭✭✭✭ mickdw

    Land is wrapped all around the house. Just doesn't suit.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,816 ✭✭✭ Rows Grower

    "Very soon we are going to Mars. You wouldn't have been going to Mars if my opponent won, that I can tell you. You wouldn't even be thinking about it."

    Donald Trump, March 13th 2018.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,303 ✭✭✭ cute geoge

    organic is the way for you ,new grant and minimal few cattle

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,031 ✭✭✭✭ mickdw

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  • Registered Users Posts: 22,031 ✭✭✭✭ mickdw

  • Registered Users Posts: 596 ✭✭✭ k mac

    Get someone you trust and knows cattle to buy 5 or 6 quiet angus or hereford heifers for you, and keep them for seven months to claim your entitlements which you probably have. If excess grass let a neigbour take it for silage, and either charge him or maybe let him have it and he will do you a twist again (maybe buy the cattle for you), that is by far your handiest way of doing things.

    As regards schemes acres is probably your best option closed for applications now but will reopen this year, This way you have minimal spend and work to start with and you never know you might get an interest in it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,031 ✭✭✭✭ mickdw

    Yes this was the initial idea we had. Primarily to get out of calving and avoid as much as possible of winter feeding as up to now it has been an out wintering setup.

    Don't know the details on how long they need to be in herd per year to comply with grant requirements but will be seeking some advice on this.

    I took an initial look at organic farming info last night and looks like more hassle than it's worth in this situation.

    I'm not a complete newbie to it but wouldn't have time to be watching cattle calving etc.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,584 ✭✭✭ bigroad

    Solar farms are all the fashion now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,681 ✭✭✭ selectamatic

    If it's good land Mick operating the 7 month system and buying in native breed bullocks and fattening off grass with some supplements and factorying them in the backend could work for ye. In general bullocks are docile and handy manage too.

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