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16-12-2017, 13:02   #1
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So what are your plans for 2018

So folks with 2018 around the corner,
what have you planned for it or what's on your checklist?

Atm I'm happy with the farm size and amount of cattle for the minute.

Planning to increase the contracting side of things either this year or early 2019.
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16-12-2017, 19:24   #2
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2018 Will be a big year here, new milking parlour and cubicle shed going up , plans are in the process of being drawn up at the moment. Will be a big change.
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16-12-2017, 20:37   #3
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Going to get all the sheds painted in the place. I will get more of the yard concreted. Increase the cattle numbers if I can.

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Same as 2017 plans. Batten down the hatches and spend nothing that is not going to improve livestock or land. I was getting accounts done over the last two evenings and this strategy worked well last year so I am going to keep it up.

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Putting up a 3 bay slatted shed with creep for calves. Starting it ASAP once weather takes up in spring.

5 acres ploughed since August but weather broke and didn’t get it sown so that’s priority in spring.

May do another 8 acres in August but will play it by ear.
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16-12-2017, 21:36   #6
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Road going in, finance sorted for it. Hope to plan out facilities for where they'll be in a few years and apply for planning. Depends on going clear in test but may but in cows in spring of I can and ditch the winter milk
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Simple, Spend more hours driving gear than ever before..
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Get power to the shed. It's wired already
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16-12-2017, 22:31   #9
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Small increase in cow no’s,Sr on milk platform 3.6 and that’s as far as I’m going ,workload ,lack of Labour limiting
Sell 600 plus kgms per cow
Cover my outside cubicles ,no fault with them bar ,slurry storage .i either dig another tank or roof it ,decision made to roof .plans drawn up and ready to submit next week
Get a bull calf into ai
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Labour main limit here also, with the extra land I've got this year I could easily lump an extra 50 cows on in the morning, but would only be more unneeded work and stress for me. Litres and solids per cow took a drop here this year, which was disappointing, calving spread still too wide, still too many passager cows, who aren't pulling their weight enough (very average milk yields, or dry themselves off early etc), plenty room for improvement there instead of heading off and chasing cow numbers for no reason other than bragging rights ha. Having said that if the right opportunity labour/partnership wise did show up I'd look at expanding away in the future, the opportunity is here in terms of land etc.
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16-12-2017, 23:45   #11
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Boss man passed away in January.
No one to consult ask an opinion with or tell me I am doing it wrong.

Suckler cows now to 15 from 36 a few years ago.
Working in a stressful off farm job 50 ish hours a week.
Undecided about the future, beef.calf to beef or dairy heifers rearing or trees.
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17-12-2017, 01:20   #12
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Boss man passed away in January.
No one to consult ask an opinion with or tell me I am doing it wrong.

Suckler cows now to 15 from 36 a few years ago.
Working in a stressful off farm job 50 ish hours a week.
Undecided about the future, beef.calf to beef or dairy heifers rearing or trees.

I am sorry you are dealing with this.


Avoid trees for a few years until dust settles.

I am in your position. Dad died 3 years ago, we cut everything back to pay for treatment that didn’t work. And sold cattle to pay for his funeral.

Talk to someone who knows- either a person in your position or an ag advisor who has seen this before.

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I am sorry you are dealing with this.


Avoid trees for a few years until dust settles.

I am in your position. Dad died 3 years ago, we cut everything back to pay for treatment that didn’t work. And sold cattle to pay for his funeral.

Talk to someone who knows- either a person in your position or an ag advisor who has sffinstey seen this before.
+1 talk to anyone you can who has any experience in your situation, take things easy and only make changes you have to until you are decided about the future
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Keep travelling try and stick a few more pound in the dairy dream fund.
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Continue to milk the system, and not dairy cows. Seriously considering renting out 50% to 60% of the farm.
Hopefully change the day job to something a bit more local
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