A sheep enterprise partnership?

Massey675

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Bristol
Hi all…

So I have about 130 acres of grass all pretty decent fenced no running water but I deal with that

Now it’s not mowable accept from a few acres that happens to be mowable now does anyone know how to go about striking up some kind of partnership?

Maybe; where a farmer supplies xxxx amount of sheep you do all the work I.e lamb them down and then either keep a selection of lambs as payment or split the profits but I do all the work or something like that? I’ve heard of people doing this just never seem to get any luck finding them?

Thanks folks 👍🏼
 
What sort of grass?
When was it last mown/grazed?
Is the land in separate stock proof fields or just a 130 acre block?
Is access good?
Any footpaths?
Any adjoining farmers with livestock?
Do you take the BPS and any environmental payments?
Are there any buildings?
Are there any handling facilities for livestock?

Without this information it is difficult for anyone to express an interest. I would suggest that 130 acres is unlikely to produce much profit from livestock on its own.
 
Hi all…

So I have about 130 acres of grass all pretty decent fenced no running water but I deal with that

Now it’s not mowable accept from a few acres that happens to be mowable now does anyone know how to go about striking up some kind of partnership?

Maybe; where a farmer supplies xxxx amount of sheep you do all the work I.e lamb them down and then either keep a selection of lambs as payment or split the profits but I do all the work or something like that? I’ve heard of people doing this just never seem to get any luck finding them?

Thanks folks 👍🏼
If you are only 24 have a crack yourself?
 

Kiwi Pete

Member
Livestock Farmer
Hi all…

So I have about 130 acres of grass all pretty decent fenced no running water but I deal with that

Now it’s not mowable accept from a few acres that happens to be mowable now does anyone know how to go about striking up some kind of partnership?

Maybe; where a farmer supplies xxxx amount of sheep you do all the work I.e lamb them down and then either keep a selection of lambs as payment or split the profits but I do all the work or something like that? I’ve heard of people doing this just never seem to get any luck finding them?

Thanks folks 👍🏼
I just put a shout-out on Facebook and enough friends shared it that I had a chap contact me a day later.

Took on 330 ewe lambs, put rams in, scanned, sent 31 dries home. Sent 4 lame/scruffy ones home.

Lambed them, tailed them here, the deal was we'd get half the lamb crop + grazing rates but we sold him our ½ of the lambs at the going rate for stores at weaning time

Fortunately the guy is a completely straight-up, great guy to deal with and we made a packet out of it. He got some really well-grown hoggets and 260 bonus lambs out of it.

Win-win
 

Kiwi Pete

Member
Livestock Farmer
I just put a shout-out on Facebook and enough friends shared it that I had a chap contact me a day later.

Took on 330 ewe lambs, put rams in, scanned, sent 31 dries home. Sent 4 lame/scruffy ones home.

Lambed them, tailed them here, the deal was we'd get half the lamb crop + grazing rates but we sold him our ½ of the lambs at the going rate for stores at weaning time

Fortunately the guy is a completely straight-up, great guy to deal with and we made a packet out of it. He got some really well-grown hoggets and 260 bonus lambs out of it.

Win-win
Just going back through the online banking; we made $33,000 out of this JV in just under a year, or about 100 dollars per sheep - it's a good low-risk option if you can do it, and a good addition to something else.
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Tim W

Member
Location
Wiltshire
If you own land you should be able to borrow against it to buy a few sheep
If you rent land then any potential investor/partner will want to know you have a secure tenancy for enough time to get his/her money back (5/10 years?)

It's all about building trust with someone to start a partnership----I have sent breeding ewes to new entrants on a ''pay me with lambs'' basis but these have been people local (ish) and that i know
I haven't made much out of the deal but i usually help someone get set up & make a good friend -- that's worth plenty
 

Agrivator

Member
An alternative to begin with is to take stock in for seasonal grazing, ideally though an auction mart to stay secure.

If you lack experience, try to get a job at lambing time. And once you have some contacts, things might progress.........
 

Electricfencer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
I would buy your self a couple of hundred welsh draft ewes, I know its a bit of money but for £12k (shouldn't be to hard to borrow for 12 months) you should be able to breed yourself into a flock of 120 ewe lambs (you could put BFL, Suffolk or shedder on to the ewes). weather lambs will pay for feed, rent and vet/med and cull ewes will almost cover the cost of buying the draft ewes. So for your labor and maybe £2k your could have a flock of ewe lambs bred buy yourself that you own outright.
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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