How much land does it take to pay an employees wages ??

curlietailz

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Arable Farmer
Location
Sedgefield
just pondering
On an arable farm
How much land could one man look after himself ... using an extra driver to corn cart and perhaps using targeted contractors to do certain jobs
From that scenario
How much extra land would you need to justify a full time employee

??
 

farmbrew

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Arable Farmer
Location
North Notts
It would depend on level of mechanisation, etc. but I would guess 500ac if all combinable crops.
Could possibly double it if big posh machinery is available. Root crops would be a different issue.
 

Mark C

Member
Location
Bedfordshire
just pondering
On an arable farm
How much land could one man look after himself ... using an extra driver to corn cart and perhaps using targeted contractors to do certain jobs
From that scenario
How much extra land would you need to justify a full time employee

??
Chap near me has a proper paying job and farms 400 acres arable. , no till, he does the drilling , spraying and fert spreading and gets a contractor to combine
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
1000ac per man. All combinables.

Although the likelihood is you'd be better off getting a contractor in anyway.
Mainly down to field sizes and cultivation techniques I would say.
Average under 10 acre on plough based probably 5-800ac per person. 40 acre fields all mine till/DD over 1,000acre per person 🤷🏻‍♂️
There are way to many variables, ring fenced or spread over 20 mile etc…
 

teslacoils

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
The big outfits have been on 1000ac a man round here for 5 years.

Think backwards- if you put in a rent, a decent wage, good gear etc then how much do you need to work to get a margin?
 
Location
Devon
I used to reckon 50 cows to pay for a worker ,

Beef cattle/sucklers they now reckon 500 head per one worker!

One hell of a lot of work if that one worker does all the paperwork/tractor work/ deals with the FA bulls**t etc etc!

So if you want any time off you need to be running 650/700 head of beef stock in real terms per one full time worker!
 

bobk

Member
Location
stafford
Beef cattle/sucklers they now reckon 500 head per one worker!

One hell of a lot of work if that one worker does all the paperwork/tractor work/ deals with the FA bullsh*t etc etc!

So if you want any time off you need to be running 650/700 hI wasead of beef stock in real terms per one full time worker!
I was talking milkers
 

Farmer Roy

Member
Arable Farmer
Chap near me has a proper paying job and farms 400 acres arable. , no till, he does the drilling , spraying and fert spreading and gets a contractor to combine

err, I’m farming 800 ha ( 2000 acre arable ), mostly zero till, with a full time job in town.
I do the planting, but use long term, reliable contractors for spraying, fert spreading & harvest
 

Hfd Cattle

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Hereford
I remember reading few yrs ago about someone who runs just over 1000 acres on his own with basically 2 big tractors ,sprayer and a 36'cut combine and no till kit . 3 crops ..wheat,barley then rape rotated in 3 blocks and his average field size was 63 acres . He will get someone in to cart the corn if the weather is looking dodgy otherwise its all done on his own . It also said he aims to be all planted up by 15 October !
Can't remember where I saw it but I suppose if your kitted out correctly it can be done .
 

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