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Discussion Board - Re: Need Advice: I Have An Opportunity To Operate More

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07-30-2012 15:31:59

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With the equipment you got, you could easily do 5 acre parcels in rotation. Example 20 acres would be 4 fields set up on a 4 year rotation or something like that. The only thing is if you have enough time, each pass would take a couple of days. I would make sure though that you make enough money each year to buy one newer piece of equipment. As far as growing grain, I would just hire it done like someone mentioned when she's ready its time to go! Also I have never heard of making a feed ration for horses. I just give 'em hay and put out a mineral block. Why make more work? If you get behind on baling the hay you could probably hire someone with a round baler. I use round bales for my horses, its a whole lot easier. I'm not sure about your question of what to charge. If its for putting up hay on someone elses land the going rate is usually the land owner gets half the bales then you buy them back or at least thats what I've done in the past. FYI, if I were you I would looking for a 9ft haybine long before a new tractor. If you plan on hay as the major money maker thats where you need to invest in equipment. Think of it as how much more money could you make or time saved with a certain piece of equipment.

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Crazy Red Power in SE-WI

08-01-2012 14:42:41

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 Re: Need Advice: I Have An Opportunity To Operate More in reply to eastfork, 07-30-2012 15:31:59  
I looked at an areal view of the land & it's not too bad. The largest field is a hair over 10 acres, the smallest is 2. Shouldn't be so bad with 3-16's & I have plenty of time to do it in. May even split that 10 in two.

Not sure where I'm going to hire a combine from, yet. The guy that does custom work around here is the same one that's losing out on the acreage on the horse farm. There's a few custom large square balers in the area, but no rounds. Good thing I have a year yet.

I don't understand the rations, either. There's a fiber pellet & a forage balancer they're currently buying to suppliment the hay. There are more ingredients between the two than there are chemicals in my pack of Camels. Just might leave the mixing alone & just buy the old Gehl mixer for the collection.

A larger haybine is now up to fourth on the "To Get" list.


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