elcome to My Journal where I hope to keep you up to date on how my farm save projects are going. At the moment I'm preparing to going into my third year at Oakfield Farm, Its been a tough two years so far, but hopefully overtime the farm will produce more income over future years. So this farm owes the bank £2,000,000 and I have put £1,000,000 into farm so I can get the tractors and the fleet I need, I have done a deal with the bank to allow me to start paying the debt down after Year 3 so I can get this farm in a suitable position to pay it off and including the interest. I have just started to pay £15,000 back into my farm save account, which I normal do after the first year but decided to delay another year, due to being an old family friend's farm (which his sons put it into this situation).
What I have done so far: I bought 50 Holsteins Cows and I did have 12 Salers beef cows and 100 Merino Sheep. I bought The Claas 870 to be my main workhorse, Claas 460 is my fert spraying, Animal chore and to help my Claas scorpion to pick up bales in the field. The Ford TW-10 came with the farm (only tractor that was not leased) which does any yard work and tends to my two apple trees. The man Milk tanker I bought to haul the milk in big quantities and faster traveling times.
Year 3 Early Spring Bank owed £2,000,000 Bank Loan £160,000 Farm fund owed £1,000,000 £985,000
So the new year begins, going to busy spring with lambs it being lambing and calving season, managed to spread slurry on my new grass fields which I took a £160,000 loan from the bank, hoping to use these fields to make siliage for the bga and I have also cultivated fields 1 and 8 for spring Oats and Canola.
Post by thefisherj on Nov 10, 2019 16:15:15 GMT -6
Its Planting time, Decided to plant field 2 with spring oats and Field 8 with Spring Canola and Field 1 will be Soybeans, I also had a roller on demo but I decided that it was not for me, with a few fertilising contracts.
Post by thefisherj on Nov 12, 2019 13:44:34 GMT -6
Time To Sell 25 Wool Pallets which brought in £38K and Sold 49 Male Mernio sheep which brought in £24K, I proceeded to sell my current livestock trailer to get a bigger one which holds double the amount and is cheaper than my current one with the extra money I have bought the farm a set of Claas Mowers for the upcoming grass works. I still need to get Field 1 ready for Soybeans, and Sprayed herbicide on Field 2 and 8.
Post by thefisherj on Nov 17, 2019 15:46:02 GMT -6
had a busy summer, selling 67,000L of Soybeans which paid off my loan, I mowed first cut Silage and hay, fertilised all my crops and planted Field 1 in soybeans. I bought 3 2000L pallets of fertiliser from PrincessJessi and grabbed a Mahindra retriever and also looked at a potential arable field which I saw while harvesting another farmer field after his combine broke down. I have sent in a planning form for a beef barn to be built so I can do a beef herd as well as a dairy cow
Post by thefisherj on Nov 23, 2019 11:38:07 GMT -6
Its harvest time, managed to get just over 30,000l of canola out of field 8, I also did a contract on field 36 which I managed to take 20,300L of barley home with me, and I started to harvest Oats Field 2 which ill have to finish in mid Autumn and also bale it. I did have to take a break from harvesting to sell off 225,000L of milk. which gave me £305,571 to spend, So that's the beef cattle barn paid for and a new tmr mixer and a bale shredder. I will be using my old tmr mixer to feed the sheep hay.
Post by thefisherj on Dec 28, 2019 17:25:43 GMT -6
Year 4 Bank Owed £2,000,000 Bank Loan: £100,000 Farm Fund Owed £985,000 £1,980,000 £965,000 Early Spring
Well its a bad start of the year Snowed both days forcing me to do farm chores and looks like the grass will suffer as I wont be able to fertilise more than once, At least the wool production is booming and the milk production as well.
I can finally work on the fields, unfortunately the grass fields have reached first stage harvest so I can not fertilise them. I managed to lime field 1, 2 and 47, cultivated field 1 and 2 and spread slurry on field 2 and also did a fertilise contract on field 36.
Post by thefisherj on Jan 11, 2020 15:15:23 GMT -6
Late Spring/ Early Summer
Planting is all finished and all the wool and 50 male merino sheep have been sold for a total of £121,363. I have also done a first cut hay, just hope the grass dries in time. I also had a wool storage built.
Post by thefisherj on Jan 12, 2020 15:29:43 GMT -6
Mid Summer/ Late Summer
So the grass did not dry enough for hay so I have put it in a fermenting silo to turn it into siliage, I have fertilised all they fields plus killed all the weeds off, I have also managed to cut my last two grass fields which gave me 28 hay bales but that wont last with 160 cows and 330 sheep.
Post by thefisherj on Jan 22, 2020 16:48:48 GMT -6
Welcome to Charwell Pig Farm
I have decided to settle down in a little place called Charwell, a small country village just above the south coast of England, with ten years of experience of farming through four farm saves, I have decided I would like to have a go at owning one it took me all winter to find a farm that was up for sale for less than £1 million, was also hoping to get a farm without to a big debt.
I found this pig farm in Charwell going for £652,657, and it comes with 7 fields ( 5 arable and 2 pastures) but has a £1.5 million debt. I have set up a deal with the bank to pay off interest only for the first 3 years which is set at 1.5% which calculates to £22,500 then ill have to make a minimum payment of £20,000 + interest.
So I have £1,3447,343 left to spend on vehicles and equipment. I have gone For a New Holland Fleet with a Claas Torion 639 loader. I have installed 3 Bunkers so I can store corn, wheat/barley and Canola to feed the pigs once I get them.
A very busy season, ploughing all the arable fields and liming them and planting most of them.
Field 19 - Poplar, Field 31 - Wheat, Field 41 - Corn, Field 42 - Barley, Field 43 - Canola, Field 44 - Potato, Field 45 - Sunflowers and Field 83 - Poplar
I will be turning Field 29 into another yard for more storage. I also bought some chickens to get some money in while I wait to get the pigs and i had some time left over so I help out a farmer called Virtual Farmer planting one of his fields.
Been busy fertilising all my fields and planting my last field in Corn. I have done some fertilising and weed spraying contracts. The builders have been busy as well. I also named the farm which is Piggybank farm
I managed to get 3 fields harvested, bought 24 female spotted pigs and 36 male Gloucestershire old Spot pigs. I sold all the barley of as there was a great demand for it. I made £27,377 from it. I have used up all my loan amount which is set at £100,000. £55,000 for the yard extension and £45,000 for the pigs
Post by thefisherj on Feb 13, 2020 13:43:28 GMT -6
Winter has hit, finished harvesting all my arable fields just got two poplar fields to go. I washed and sorted all the potatoes and then sold them for £876 per 1000L which in total was £51,482. Bought all the seeds, fertiliser and herbicide for next year. I sold the Claas Torion as I was not liking driving/ I have got a JCB telehandler on a finance option.
Storm Ciara and storm Dennis has flooded all my fields plus severely damaged the farm, I have unfortunately have to look else where to farm now. A big Building company have put in an offer which I am considering in taking.
I have seen a nice pig farm in Shamrock valley, it has a big debt on it but I should be able to pay it off with enough money left over to add some equipment to the farm.
I have decided to move to Somerset instead, I have Bought a Farm for £50 but it comes with a massive £6,000,000 Debt with two banks owed money, Luckily the farm comes with all the equipment to run a pig farm. So I have transported my pig over.
I have paid of £2 million £1.5m to one bank and £500k to the other.
PrincessJessi: I am still here, working behind the scenes on something big! A new feature that will really grease the gears around here and keep the forum moving at all times.
Sept 26, 2022 16:48:23 GMT -6