How many hours/week do farmers actually work?

Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by gone up the hill, May 5, 2013.

  1. gone up the hill

    Location:
    Devon
    Having read a few other threads where it seems some farmers ( especially livestock/mixed farms ) seem to work crazy hours and having worked no less than 11 hours/day the last two months ( only two half days off in that time!! ) trying to catch up on field work i am just wondering how many hours forum members actually work on their own farms/ for farmers a week/month on average thru the year??
     
  2. Clive

    Clive Staff Member

    Location:
    Lichfield
    100 plus August - October

    30- 50 the rest of the year

    Quite a lot of days off and holiday whenever wanted other than August-October
     
  3. Tim W

    Tim W Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Last year (to 5th April) 43 hrs
    year before 39 hrs

    That's with my own sheep (850 this year)---I then do a bit of occasional contracting etc which may put 4 hrs week on top
     
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  4. Daniel

    Daniel Member

    And after all that work you're still looking at a farming forum?! ;)

    I reckon a baseload of 50 hours a week with peaks higher than that. more than the hours worked though its the tie of animals keeping you around the place weekends/bank holidays even if its only for a couple of hours each end of the day.
     
  5. as many as there is in a day:(
     
  6. Jim Wale

    Jim Wale Member

    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    around 120 give or take depending on calvings ect thats being stockman on a 220acre pedigree farm and running my own 120acre suckler farm, 6am-8am at home, 9am-7pm at work, 8pm-12pm at home 6 days a week then 6am-6pm at home on a sunday. In the middle of calving on both farms atm so busy but things do calm down for a couple of months in the summer, down to 12hr days, then back up to this when the cows come back in :sleep:
     
  7. gone up the hill

    Location:
    Devon
    Lol i try not to work sundays but went flat out today to get all field work that needs doing done before the rain ( hopefully ) comes in on tuesday as parking up now untill wen ( other that feeding up etc ) and as catching up with emails/paperwork etc and its a normal working day i thought i might as well be on here, after all you only get out of something what you put back in :)

    Yoou are right about the animals, take tomorrow, if i have the energy then im going off sea kayaking for the day but have still got two hours work in the morn feeding/bedding/ checking stock and sods law a cow will decide to start calving when im about to drive out the gate!!
     
  8. gone up the hill

    Location:
    Devon
    No offence but that is mental for so many months of the year!! how do you stick the hours and what about a life beyond the farm gate?? i know iv done mental hours the last month but no way in hell i would do it month in/out.. how old are you if you dont mind me asking?
     
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  9. gone up the hill

    Location:
    Devon
    Damn it i need to find a large arable farmers daughter to marry:)

    How many hours a week do your blokes work on average?
     
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  10. Blimey you guys work some hours!

    I'm currently a 8 - 5 man! ( hour for lunch to watch Bargain Hunt! ). 5 days as week!

    Harvest and land work time, obviously work many many more - but it's only for 3 months or so, so easy to just keep going for a short period of time like that.
     
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  12. Jim Wale

    Jim Wale Member

    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    No offence taken, Im 21 hoping to be big enough at home in a couple of years that i dont have to work for someone else as well but it is the only way i can get a start in farming. Life beyond the farm gate is non existant atm but do get a life over the summer lol, you get used to the hours tbh
     
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  13. Full respect to you!
     
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  14. gone up the hill

    Location:
    Devon
    Fair play to you, i worked long hours like you ( but no more than 100/week ) when i was your age for similar reasons ( thou it was all for myself ) but i burnt myself out after 4 years of it, couldnt/wouldnt do it now, looking back i should have made more time for myself on a personal level those years so if you can try and get a non farming related hobby/intrest ( one of mine is kayaking for example ) and get at least the odd weekend off every 2/3 months and get away from the farm/your job if poss.. time spent off is as good as time spent working sometimes when your doing the hours you are.
     
  15. multi power

    multi power Member

    Location:
    pembrokeshire
    i do about 10 or 11 hours a day 6 days a week, more at calving time n quite busy to get done in that time, when i "retire" from here to farm at home i expect i will work more hours
     
  16. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    Location:
    weston super milk
    being a herdsman on 250 cows plus followers living on site, as many hours as I want, and can get away with.... (wife and three kids )
    no set times except milking,at least 80 plus evening checks, and odds and sods on weekend off (someone gotta check on the casuals)
     
  17. gone up the hill

    Location:
    Devon
    Ha ha i want a farmers daughter that any guy would proud to have on his arm :D ( weird how you never seem to see a cute/fit farmers daughter!! )

    Sorry thats off topic..
     
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  18. Jim Wale

    Jim Wale Member

    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    agreed but the acreage to fitness ratio is very important
     
  19. Samcowman

    Samcowman Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I do as a minimum 55 hours a week but that would only be a few weeks when the cows are in and arent calving and a maximum of over 100 but that would probably only be 2-3 weeks a year flat out in the summer. Probably averages at 70 something a year. Calving is technically more hours than I work as on call 24/7 depending if anything is calving
     
  20. jimmer

    jimmer Member

    Location:
    weston super milk
    couldn't agree with you less
     

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