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Discussion in 'Agricultural Matters' started by Steevo, Jan 12, 2019.
I don’t have a farm, but I generally try and do as little as possible.
Best thing dad taught me was dont make work
I think that because farmers work is seasonal (other than intensive livestock), there are times of tear when we are not so busy, so we can then do the paperwork, fixing things etc.
Problem is we don't know exaxtly when our seasonal work will be. Spring drilling will probably be in Feb, march, april or may, but we don't know exactly when. Therefore it isn't asy to say I'll get my drilling done in march and then promise to go drive a truck for someone in april. We might get a days drilling, then it rains sp no drilling for another week, then another couple of days drilling.
Therefore, on those wet days we can drop onto all those other little jobs that need doing.
I think this could be where using contractors for arable work on a small farm could give advantages, as the land owner could get a full time income elsewhere, and commit to the full time job. But then we wouldn't really be a farmer.
As the OP says, we do a whole myriad of different tasks, and probably become quite good problem solvers.
Jack of all trades, and master of many as well!
That's the beauty of farming - it saves you having to get a real job
My advice for what it's worth. Earn enough when your young and fit so you can pay others to do it later and get out and enjoy life a bit
I completely accept it's a fiscal decision, but that doesn't make it any more closely related to farming.
If the butcher paints his own shop front because he can't afford a tradesman it doesn't make him any more of a butcher, or indeed a better butcher, or even a busier butcher.
It is a poor reflection on the state of either his business acumen, the industry he operates in, or most likely both. Painting still has bugger all to do with butchery at the end of the day.
And invest in yourself, always push to learn something new and different.
I have seemingly endless energy now but I know it’s not likely to last.
I don't think I would be able to cope with a real job, where I was answerable to a boss and had to stick to set hours.
If I didn't spend 75% of my time not directly farming then I'd HAVE to go out and get a job and the only thing I know is farming and bodging.
My mate wanted me to hire him and his fancy drill and sprayer, to do my 100 acres of corn work and I work for him all summer to pay for it. Sod that, I can do my own work in about a fortnight, with my basic kit, through the year and have time in the summer to enjoy the summer.
I seem to spend most of my non productive (earning time) washing my antiquated collection of machines in an effort to keep them in half decent nick. All it does in reality is make the rusty bits more obvious....
The butcher would close his shop and leave if he couldn't afford a painter . Many have
We had a butcher in to do some home killed lambs. We said he did a good job of the lambs and he said yes, but he probably couldn't set up a plough as well as we could, and I thought you probably could actually as you are a careful operator. Does demarcation of trades really matter or is it more important just to be a proficient open minded multi skilled operator in whatever we encounter? I like a bit of variety. I consider it an achievement to be able to tackle and master new tasks. I don't pigeon hole myself as a "farmer" . I think that would be a bit unnecessary. We watched the butcher and now we can do our own lambs. We live and we learn and it's satisfying.
Many farmers have done the same here. They can't afford a mechanic so they sell up. What a shame. I like a bit of mechanic work. Variety is the spice of life.
It might make him more money though and it might make him a busier butcher. (If he was good at painting his shopfront)
Saturdays are usually feed stock -40 mins , go get Saturday s Yorkshire post quick cuppa while reading paper always then try to do hr or two paperwork then finish for half day yet today started with premature calf born - not well , pen cow and calf , realise water off in pen mend pipe as damaged months ago mucking out and forgot I'd just turned off supply, then fodder other stock , check calf again suddenly 11.45 , spent rest of day chasing ones tail to get done all them jobs that otherwise get forgotten for another week to which by the time I remember will be either seized, corroded or just filthy . so can start fresh job Monday morning as half (1) staff off next week get home 5 pm to wife saying what happened to going out "I thought this was you quiet time off year " oh roll on Monday morning !!!!!
If farmers had to wait for a plumber to turn up to do every water fitting, or a spark to do all electrics, etc. etc. the livestock would probably have played merry hell or become seriously hurt/dead. Some jobs you need to be able to do yourself - whereas the butcher doesn't mind if his shop is painted on Monday morning, next week, or six months time.
Getting a tradesman out. That's just a pipedream here. Has been since about 1960.
Very possibly, but it's still not butchery any more than mending the farmhouse roof is farming.
Like me dumper driver, farmer, building, tree works, labourer!