Not even a whiff did my asthma checkup last october and got asked how many units of alcohol I've consumed, I said about 20 bottles, the nurse looked horrified and really worried and started to tell me I need to cut down, suddenly occured to me she meant in a week whereas I meant over the past year been in lockdown for most of the year and haven't been out or seen hardly anyone and been working every hour of the day (as theres nothing else to do!) both at home and planning for the big move so just havent been bothered with it
Are you block calving? I'm doing all our milking 200 days twice a day, 100 days one a day, then dry for 60 I expect. I know it sounds a lot but I expect it's less than the standard herdman on 12 on 2 off. I don't stick to spot on milking time so if I go St Meryn or do the School run I milk late same when baling in the evening, works well for me, always get to say good night to my daughter's everynight, cows seam relaxed.Sort of, its budgeted for but I'm hoping it wont be needed, reckon I can get the cows through in 2 hours including wash down, which is only 4 hours a day total so hopefully can cope on my own for the most part
One thing I very quickly learnt. You need a
Like @Tim G said, you will need relief. Burnout can get ugly quick!Sort of, its budgeted for but I'm hoping it wont be needed, reckon I can get the cows through in 2 hours including wash down, which is only 4 hours a day total so hopefully can cope on my own for the most part
100% agree put in the hard yards and you will get somewhere.There is a podcast called “How I built this” where people who started companies tell their story of starting a business. It’s very enlightening. The amount of money borrowed, lost and spent is staggering. The amount of effort and emotional toll it took on many will make you think.
Farmers aren’t the only ones with long hours. Elon musk I think said one time if you aren’t willing to work 16-18 hours per day every day for a very long time then the start up game isn’t for you.
There is one about stoneyfield, a yogurt maker and Mr.Dyson is on there too. 4+ hour milkings you need something to listen to.
Keep your head down and push on some people can cope with it and by the looks of it you can. Some times you need to work all the hours to make things to work and it will get easier.Thanks for all the replies, in terms of work I think it's going to have to be a bit of trial and error and see how things go, I've got someone who's going to be doing 3 days a week for me and would be doing some relief milking - its just how much that I'm as yet undecided on, I like milking and am a massive fuss ass when it comes to cow management and wouldnt want to upset him by being a control freak which is why I'm kind of thinking the less he does the less I have to worry about but if he does 2-3 it's less risk for me to worry about but still enough that should I be on silage or want to go out I can ask him to milk for me. The other problem I've got at the minute is all I can see are pound signs, I hate owing people money and would like to get to ther point of not having to rely on the bank and finance companies for everything, and for every 4 milkings is save £100, which if I do that every week it adds up to over £5,000 which is the equivalent of 3-4 cows/heifers... I've also got someone keen on doing an apprenticeship, so I've said that he can come and do every saturday with me until the summer holidays when we can decide if he wants and if I want him to do an apprenticeship with me which would help me out next year. I've only got 90 cows this year and very little in the way of youngstock but still have all the sucklers and sheep to do as well. I've got a contractor coming for first cut, budgeted to have someone come and serve the cows but I am hoping to do a refresher course next month to serve them myself but if i cant cope i can ask the tech to do them (or even a 50:50 split!). So I'm fairly certain that itll be ok.
I want to work hard and pay this bloody loan off and once that's done I can relax a bit but currently I'm phoning the bank manager every other week to keep him updated ( albeit on a voluntary basis as i feel it's best to keep him in the loop!) and i always feel like hes my keeper at the minute and I don't like it - not the fault of my bank manager hes brilliant and would be highly recommended! I havent got a family to support at the minute and if I work hard now should that change I'll be in a much better state financially to support them
Thankyou @Agrispeed for the offer but for now I'm going to see how it goes as I should be fairly well sorted, especially as I'll only be milking 30-40 to begin with but if I get there and find it too much I'll send you a message.