End of the Road for Small Livestock Farms?

On 10 acres of grass here we had 10 cows. Sold calves at 10 months old weaned off when they came in in November. Price about £650 each on average. You’d be lucky to gross £650 an acre growing wheat here and would have maybe £300 per acre costs to grow the wheat. I didn’t think the cows did too badly financially and would have been better if we hadn’t screwed up the management of body condition. We were straw off the rest of the farm which we hardly noticed and they ate rough hay that the horse folks wouldn’t buy. I reckon they can fit in, but a couple of big vets bills can see the profit disappear. Arable isn’t all sunshine and profit. It’s big spend, high risk and slim margins.
wat u reckon it costs u to keep a cow
 

digger64

Member
i would say its a non starter on rented ground, haul them yourself, shouldnt cost much on labour/vet
the thing is you be could caught by both rising values between seasons and falling values whilst you are grazing where as the cows would protect you against market changes a little and should handle poorer quality land /fodder better .
wat u reckon it costs u to keep a cow
 

Werzle

Member
Location
Midlands
interesting lets do some maths

buy in may at 350kg at 250ppk for £875, sell in oct at 462kg at 230ppk for £1062 leaving £187 margin, take £40 for commission £30 for fert £17.50 for mortality and £20 for fences/water/fuel leaving £79.50, stock at 1.5 per acre so £120/acre profit, sound about right?
Anything that was 375kg and bought for £875 in the spring will be worth £1150+ at 462kg
 
A 50 acre place couldn't buy in store cattle in the spring and run them until they were finished or the grass ran out and move them on?
No machinery needed, move them after work etc.
Grow feed and fatten a batch of store lambs, graze dairy heifers something simple like that?
The profit from that dog and stick model isn’t enough to pay the rent on a lot of places. Grazing cattle are too expensive for it to work, unless it’s bought and paid for land, ideally with £80/ acre sub. This place may be different if arable isn’t an option due to terrain, soil type etc.
 

Werzle

Member
Location
Midlands
On 10 acres of grass here we had 10 cows. Sold calves at 10 months old weaned off when they came in in November. Price about £650 each on average. You’d be lucky to gross £650 an acre growing wheat here and would have maybe £300 per acre costs to grow the wheat. I didn’t think the cows did too badly financially and would have been better if we hadn’t screwed up the management of body condition. We were straw off the rest of the farm which we hardly noticed and they ate rough hay that the horse folks wouldn’t buy. I reckon they can fit in, but a couple of big vets bills can see the profit disappear. Arable isn’t all sunshine and profit. It’s big spend, high risk and slim margins.
Your cows paid well but you cant live on £6500 . Things are definatly going to change, small farms that have houses, sheds, fences in deaperate need of repair and any sort of debt already are pretty much finished. Farming is getting into fewer and fewer hands now and a great many either need a lotto win or some houses passed to put them right. A large percentage would be better off getting a job and running a few store cattle/sheep as a top up
 
Location
Ceredigion
I know, just having a laugh
And the upper hill ground
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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...
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