Any family business owner will tell you they don’t have time to take a holiday, but in doing so they may be doing themselves and the business a disservice.
We all know that farmers easily work up to 12 – 16 hours a day, six days a week – sometimes more!
Why is owning and operating a farm business such hard work. There are a myriad of areas in which farmers need to be an expert: marketing, production, mechanical repairs, workplace health and safety, pasture management, accounting and animal husbandry to name a few. Often farmers are so busy working in the business that often they forget to work on the business.read more
Back to my first idea: questioning the reasons for applying the various major nutrients and considering the amounts of each required to produce good quality fodder. My first thought is that fertilizer applications are needed to boost plant growth in the 6 weeks or so that the paddock is shut up.read more
The only thing stopping the operation beginning should be the traffic-ability of the paddock: if it’s too wet to drive across, it’s too wet for planting. The soil temperature is usually the next consideration as we come out of winter.read more
This year with the amount of water about most people will be assured of a good spring. It could fail but that is unlikely. But a good spring won’t make a good year financially for anyone who has a large area of barley and or wheat and is exposed to the spot market.read more
Why do we consider ‘conservation’ of paddocks anyway? One of the reasons for it is to help manage pasture composition. Another is to have reserves when the dry feed has completely gone or for specific programs like containment feeding. And, of course, that is only considered in the years when we anticipate pasture growth will be greater than the requirements of the old and new models of forage harvesters that we have on hand.read more