Post by johndeeredude on Dec 31, 2019 13:45:50 GMT -6
Welcome to my farm named Old Wood Farm. It consists of a main dairy Farm as well as a smaller sheep chicken and arable farm. The Dairy Farm is owned and was taken over after it began to struggle and is down to only 30 milking Holsteins at the moment. The other is rented for a percentage of the profit which is 20% Farm Tour In the dairy farm i have 3 main tractors and a telehandler as well as a couple of classic tractors. i have various implements for most tasks however some tasks like baling and lifting grass is done by a contractor.
In the second Farm i have one tractor which is my Favourite a New Holland 6640 which is used for everything there here i keep animals, sheep and chickens, and have 3 arable fields as well as grass fields. Updates of what happens around the farm will come in the future.
Post by johndeeredude on Jan 1, 2020 13:33:18 GMT -6
Mid spring The contractors have been and planted the arable fields 1 with wheat and the other 2 with maize. We have also completed the first cut of silage which is now in the bunker at the dairy Farm fermenting. I have also mowed 3 of the fields at the sheep farm which have been cut for hay. I also have been able to bale the hay for the first time myself after i did a deal with a local farmer to borrow his Baler and windrower for a few hundred pounds as his first cut has been delayed and has made me think about purchasing my own baler and windrower as i see now that it will let me have more control over my operation. In between all of this i have also put down some slurry on some of my fields.
Post by johndeeredude on Jan 4, 2020 11:22:50 GMT -6
Late spring I collected the Hay bales the day after i baled them and decided that i would use the frontloader on the 6135, rather than the telehandler as i prefer how it handles in the field over the telehandler but i still used the telehandler to stack the bales in the yard I think i have enough hay for the winter for both the cows and sheep for the winter from the first cut but i dont think i will sell them yet as i have been thinking of expanding my animal numbers so i may need more than i think
Post by johndeeredude on Jan 9, 2020 13:42:49 GMT -6
Late spring/ early summer I made the decision to buy a used Claas baler that was for sale at the local dealer and i put it to work straight away and used it to bale some first cut silage on two of the fields at the sheep farm. i think in the long run it will save me a lot on contractor fees and i may begin to do some contracting myself.
Post by johndeeredude on Jan 15, 2020 14:15:33 GMT -6
Early summer The annual Greenwich show was on and this year was hosted on one of my fields that i own just outside of the town. I entered a couple of tractors my old Ferguson and Case ih which are on either end of the classics. I also spoke to the local dealer while i was there about the possibility of demoing a New Holland t7 and a Joskin slurry tanker. One downside is that they had to lay down matting as it was very wet and the field will probably need ploughing and reseeding in Autumn. In between all of this i spread even more slurry as i have a small store so it needs emptying on a regular basis.
Post by johndeeredude on Jan 19, 2020 11:16:04 GMT -6
Yard Expansion I have had a local construction come and level out a area of land and this was a significant cost i want to use the space to store silage bales and machinery that doesn't need to be inside. We are about to start the second cut silage and i plan on doing bales from these so i will use this new area to store them as there is very limited space left in the yard. I also brought a New Plow and a Used Kuhn Windrower so i am almost completely self sufficient apart from liquid fertiliser, seeding and harvesting now. I'm going to put up a fence in the near future around the edge and when i can afford it i may also consider a building or two.
Post by johndeeredude on Jan 22, 2020 14:02:24 GMT -6
Second cut I've started my Second cut on the farm and for a second cut so far it seems to be yielding quite well but i haven,t sat down to work out the numbers yet. 4 of the five fields are going to be made into silage bales with one of them being made into hay as long as it dries in time otherwise i will bale it for silage as well. I'm planning on making most of the fields at the other farm hay as i already have lots of hay but you can never have too much.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 1, 2020 15:37:23 GMT -6
The silage harvest is finished and all the bales are wrapped and stacked I also brought a new compact tractor from a retiring horse farm owner which i'm gonna use for garden maintenance. I am also looking at buying a defender 110 to restore and a new cattle trailer as i sold my big snow plow as it was to big for the little snow we have as well as a spare trailer i had lying around.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 5, 2020 14:54:50 GMT -6
Maize Harvest The Maize harvest has began and ended i ended up only foraging the larger field as the clamp was very full after just that field so i called the local mill and they offered me a good price to harvest the corn for them to mill. I probably could of squeezed the other field in looking back but i should hopefully get a better price for the crop this way anyway. The contractors brought some big machines and it was interesting to watch them working. The clamp went quite well and i have definitely got enough feed for winter and will probably end up selling a large amount to the local Biogas plants. As for the purchases i talked about last time i'm still looking out for a used defender 110 on a auction or second hand machinery site and i also went and got a quote for a Broughan animal trailer from the local dealer but their prices were extortionate so i will have a look around to find a lower price i would like to buy this new but if i have too i may have to buy used to get a better price.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 7, 2020 15:40:52 GMT -6
A Quick update Just a quick update, i've made a 16 more hay bales as i thought that i might not have enough for the winter as the forecast is for it to be a cold autumn and i have prepared a tmr mix already for when i gets cold to help the cows get a energy boost. i definitely wont have a lack of silage this year though.
There has been one small purchase of a muck fork/silage fork for the telehandler as i have some muck that needs shifting and the bucket just wasn't working. I broke out the New Holland 6640 to load as i missed using it as up until a year ago, when i took over the dairy farm, it was my primary tractor and now it only gets used for a couple of minutes a day if its lucky so it was nice to finally use it again.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 9, 2020 9:51:18 GMT -6
Harvest and a new purchase I purchased a new a new combine a few months ago but it took a while for the paperwork to go through as there were a few problems that needed sorting out so this is the first time i have mentioned it. Its a Class Dominator 218 and came with a 6m header an header trailer. Harvest of the wheat is done as there was only the one field. the wheat is being kept for a better price and to feed my chickens. i managed to get 13 straw bales from the field so i will probably still need to buy in some straw bales. I also plowed in the field where the village show was as they destroyed some of the field ready for reseeding. I'm yet to decide if to make it a arable field or keep it as grass.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 12, 2020 14:37:26 GMT -6
Early/mid Autumn I've done lots recently so let me give this too you as a list. I cut down some trees in the forest that i own i'm yet to take them to the sawmill as i want to wood chip them. The contractors have been again and this time they planted the field that had the maize in with oilseed rape. I'm still waiting for the other field of corn to ripen enough for me to be able to take it to the mill. I have also sold some silage bales to a hobby farmer to feed his beef cows through the winter. Finally i carted some muck over to the field which had the wheat in for me to spread before the next crop goes in the ground in the spring. I also brought 15 straw bales from America as i worked out that at my current usage rate i wouldn't have enough.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 15, 2020 10:14:21 GMT -6
After hearing that we were expecting a cold winter and after selling my giant snow plow i decided to buy a snow plow which along with the brackets for the gator only costed £1500. While i had the gator in the workshop i fitted it with some strobes and a bigger beacon as i park it on roadsides a lot while checking fields and i keep worrying that people are going to hit it so this just makes me feel a bit better about leaving it. I have also sold two trailer loads of silage to the biogas however i'm yet to receive payment as they seem to have a slow bank transfer. I did get the chance to drive there big wheel loader which i did enjoy. I have also put in a new shed which as soon as it is harvested will be used to store the corn until the mill wants it. It is open fronted so not the best for grain storage but i got a good deal on it so it will have to do.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 16, 2020 12:50:10 GMT -6
Harvest, first milk sale and adverse weather I completed the harvest just in time as it was the last day that it would be warm enough and sure enough the next day we have snow. The crop yielded quite well and i am expecting to get a good price for the crop due to it being of a high quality. Where is is being stored isn't ideal but it will keep the snow out. The First milk sale is done and i got £19000 for 15000 litres so if the yield continues to rise as more cows give birth then i could have found a very profitable business. I even managed to get there and back before the snow settled.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 21, 2020 12:53:20 GMT -6
Big money day today i am selling a lot of stuff and so much in fact that i cant give a price break down at the moment. To start with i sold wood i was going to chip it but i discovered this would greatly reduce the profit so sold it for timber planks. I am in the process of selling the wheat during a high demand but i have to do this myself as the haulers are currently taking some more of my silage to the biogas plant to be sold. The corn price is still rising so i'm hanging on to it for now.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 23, 2020 11:56:11 GMT -6
I brought another Farm! Yes that's right i brought another Farm. Its located not to far from my other farms but this one is all arable and came with 2 rather large fields which i need to decide what to do with. I'm thinking that i might split the largest of the two fields in two and one side do a cereal crop and on the other side plant potato's and in the other field plant Oilseed rape. To accompnay the new farm I have also brought some new equipment. The biggest of which is a new tractor, i brought a new to me john deere 7810 and it sounds great! It also has plenty of horse power meaning I can upgrade some of the implements i already own in the future to bigger ones. I have Also replaced my old mahindra retriver with a new one as i wanted to ensure it would be reliable for many more years as the old one had been with me since i stared my tenancy of my sheep chicken and arable Farm. I still have the cab from the old one as the person who brought it didnt want the cab so i will fit it to the new one soon if it doesn't warm up soon. As well as all of this i have also brought some new implements for the farm including a larger Bailey trailer, a Grimme potato planter and a Kuhn combi drill. And inbetween all of this i have sold the rams and the rest of the silage and some more wheat as well as keeping up on the daily maintence of the farm. So it has been very hectic recently. I would like to thank PrincessJessi for getting me the farm at such a good price as that has really helped me get all the equipment i need to run it.
Post by johndeeredude on Feb 29, 2020 9:27:41 GMT -6
Muck, houses and cropping plans I have moved a lot of the muck from the cow farm down to the new arable farm. Luckily the snow had melted on the second day as this made the whole job a lot easier. Now for the cropping plans. The biggest of the fields is going to be split in half . The first half will have osr and the second will have potatoes, down the middle of this field i will put some bushes to help bring in some conservation subsidies. The second field will all be planted to osr. Both fields will be spread with muck and then disc cultivated and will then receive lime and then planted with the direct drill apart from the potatoes that will get another pass of cultivation and then planted. To do all of this i have purchased my second ever brand new piece of equipment, a agromasz disc cultivator with a five metre working width that the 7810 will pull nicely. Normally i buy used or nearly new but the dealer gave me a very good deal on this piece of equipment it would of been hard for me to say no. Now for the house plans. As some of you may know i brought a stationary caravan and have been living in that for 2 years now and would like to move into a proper house. With the new farm there is a bit of waste land where a house once was which i want to clear out and then build a house on it. The house I'm looking at has will have a double garage (my favourite part) as well as a basement and multiple bedrooms and a good sized living room and kitchen. Inbetween this i also picked up some potatoes for planting and fuel for the diesel hungry 7810.
Post by johndeeredude on Mar 8, 2020 12:32:44 GMT -6
Ground works All of the ground works have now been done. I have muck spread cultivated limed and the where needed i have cultivated again. The builders have also arrived and they are starting work on my new house as they planning permission was approved. I did have to downsize the amount of bedrooms but i still got the double garage. As i'm writing this the seed is being put in the ground (don't worry i'm not driving i'm on lunch break ) I will tell you more about that next time.
Post by johndeeredude on Mar 21, 2020 11:24:04 GMT -6
First cut again I have just got into the first cut and the yield seems to be very impressive. I have once again had the contractors come and lift it and also help mow some of the fields as i am very busy with the arable side of the. something i did see though is that they have changed how they lift there grass and have brought a new Massey Ferguson 7719 and a fendt forage wagon which i think is much better for my land.
Post by johndeeredude on Apr 12, 2020 11:18:22 GMT -6
Some Newly acquired fields and planting Let me start of by saying i'm sorry for not posting for a while but its been very busy around the farm. Anyway i recently got a long term lease for the two fields that are next to my grain farm where i now live. The price on the lease is great as well they are only charging £7500 For them both each year as i understand that they just want to relieve the pressure on themselves but what to keep the land in the farm for future generations who maybe able to cope with it better. Both of them have gone into my rotation and i have Planted OSR and barley in them. I managed to lime both of the fields but I wasn't going to have enough time to spread muck on them as well. I was at the end of the planting season so i got the contractor to come and plant for me with there MASSIVE amazone drill and fendt 939 and even he was shocked he was planting this late but money is tight and i need to be able to plant the crop to be able to buy the new combine i'm going to buy as i only have half the money i need so i will have to buy it on finance as i just sold my old Claas as it was just too small for the acreage i am going to harvest this year. I am yet to decide what brand i am going to buy this year but i am looking into either the new Holland Cr series or the John Deere t series.
Post by johndeeredude on Jun 7, 2020 12:54:18 GMT -6
Its been a while 3 years in fact and i have replaced a lot of equipment and taken on staff oh and moved to the other side of the country. Yes that rights i moved from Greenwich my dream farm came up and i went and brought the farm in Devon. It has more land and i have now run a contracting business as well so i invested in some new equipment. To keep i brief i will stick with the biggest changes. You may remember i was considering combines last time i ended up going for the john deere t560 and i have also brought a 6250r and a 6155m both with GPS. With all of the tractor work it was a real strain having to milk so i hired a stocksmen who milks while i bed up and feed in the morning and he milks again in the afternoon. He is also a good tractor driver so helps me out at the peak seasons. Animal numbers have expanded with 60 dairy cows now and 125 sheep i also have invested in 50 beef cows which i buy at 6 months and then sell them when they are at the correct weight. This is my first year so join me for a drone tour around the farm. Drone tour video
Post by johndeeredude on Jun 9, 2020 11:01:40 GMT -6
So Neil is still out on the 6250r this time with the discs ahead of the air drill seeding the oilseed rape. Had a contractor in to plough a couple of fields as we are just way to busy to do it ourselves. I'm rushing around today just getting everyone sorted and filling drills and fuel etc.
Post by johndeeredude on Jun 11, 2020 14:56:13 GMT -6
We have finished drilling all the Barley OSR and wheat just the Maize and Beet left but we have to wait for it warm up a bit more for that. I have also sprayed some premergent herbicide on the fields as some weeds were starting to show. After i write this i am going to move the sheep from the paddock in the farm to the field as they were only there as they showed signs of lameness but that has been monitored and dealt with where necessary
Post by johndeeredude on Jun 21, 2020 11:08:11 GMT -6
First cut silage has been done i clamped most of it and made 22 bales, i have also cut the hay which is currently drying out. I have also got some new equipment for my new firewood and wood chipping business including a splitter a new winch and a new 6120m which i brought as i am retireing the 6640 to more light duties.
Post by johndeeredude on Jul 10, 2020 14:07:32 GMT -6
My new lease telehandler came today as i felt i needed a second Telehandler and this one is much better in the field being a pivot steer. I am about to set out and go grab a round bale collector from a friend of mine across the valley and give that a try as i have some silage bales to pickup.
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