Looking at this as an option. Could any one give me any advice at all please. Know absolutely nothing about the job but am accessing all options at the moment. TIA
That's not what we have found. Income is bang on what BQP said, if not a little more. Costs are about what they said.Looked into this a couple of years ago and decide against it because of the straw requirement and water used. All the figures they give you, assuming this is a franchise type job) are 25% out on both costs and sales. I spent the time travelling to see others doing it under the same banner and whilst they were all ok with the job they all said the figures were wrong on the spreadsheets given to them at the beginning.
That's not what we have found. Income is bang on what BQP said, if not a little more. Costs are about what they said.
Our capital costs are a bit higher, but that is our choice of straw shed and loader, rather than the sheds themselves.
The big ones for me are cost of capital and cost of labour. If you have to borrow all the money and employ the labour then I can't see much in it. If you have family labour that you need to keep busy and /or capital to invest then it works. You really also need a supply of straw and land to spread the muck, or a good straw for muck deal.
The job is about as risk free as you can get. I wouldn't want the same amount invested in the stock market at the moment.
We are happy to show people around or discuss further if that is helpful.
It is 2-3 man hours per day per 1000 pigs, plus a quick look around in the evening.What is the labour commitment daily in time/machines. Do you see this as a good fit for an arable operation that already has a couple of chaps who would look for the money over winter?