We've heard a little about NoMoreTO's farm, tell us about yours sometimes, please. This is my big plan, tbh, for a few years. Wish I'd already done it but I'm still busy making money to fund said farm, getting others to join, etc.
Hard to say. Sometimes you can find them up on the side of the road for sale out in the country. Older guys like to fix them up and sell the old models. What kind of HP are you looking for ? 25- 50? Are you looking for a loader on it or what is the intended use?
Something around 25HP, 4x4, and with a loader. Need to use it to maintain roads, move dirt around, and every so often move something somewhat big or bulky. Would love a backhoe too but not completely necessary.
Nearby a few weeks ago there was a used tractor that needed a new clutch and was only $3,000. The parts would be around $600 and it wasn't hard to replace. The same tractor around here would be around $10,000, unfortunately I missed the deal by a few hours.
Is it worth it making hay, if you don't have your own cows?Hope to sell at about $0.10/lb CAD each bale weighs about 800lbs. So a bale is worth about $80 CAD.
Is it worth it making hay, if you don't have your own cows?
Do you plan on raising cows in the future? It would go a long way towards autarky and independece from the super market.
Not off topic at all!A bit off topic but I had a question for people who know better. My father has two old Ford tractors, one from the 50’s and one from the 80’s, both run great and have all the toys. He would like me to sell them as he has downsized his farming and doesn’t need two commercial tractors anymore. I’m having trouble finding comps and he keeps telling me to put them up for these outrageous prices saying that the old analog tractors are in huge demand fetching big prices.
Any truth in that?
- If you have storage capacity (read barn) that helps big time, you can hold your hay into the winter while farmers who have livestock fill their storage space (barns) off their hay fields. Many farmers with hay have livestock, but many don't have quite enough storage to get their livestock through the winter, so they come around looking for hay when their feed stores start drying up. This works better or worse depending on the season, yields etc etc. This year in my area, some old hay fields have been switched over to corn/beans for the quick cash crop buck, which might accelarate the whole process
Why don't they plastic wrap the bales and keep them outside, is it a moisture related thing?
This is what I do. I bale most of my crop as silage rather than hay. Advantages are that it is more palatable for cattle, higher in nutrition than if the same crop was baled as hay, less prone to being damaged by mice and rats in storage, and can be stored outside.Good point.
You can plastic wrap, it's a little more upfront (20K?) on the machinery as you need a baler with a wrapper but beats building a barn like the old days.
But the main difference as I understand it is alot of wrapped bales are "forage hay" not "dry hay". The main difference is the bales often aren't left to dry, so they aren't dry inside. The bale is wrapped up tight and actually ferments inside, I've heard some animals actually prefer it.
The other benefit of this is you can cut and wrap into the fall, this is because to bale hay you actually need a summer sun, fall the daylight is shortened and you lose heat, so it becomes tough to dry it.
All I know is that fertilizing and spraying my vineyard with all modern chemicals gives me 5 times more yield.How is the regenerative farming journey going for you guys?
I am around half way through "Holistic management" by Allan Savory, The first half is more about the faults of industrial farming and there are a quite a few of them. I'm not sure if some of it is just fear mongering since he goes very hard on the global warming narrative.
Also at one point he mentions that he had done some work for/with the world bank in Africa! Do the elite have some angle on regen. farming. Maybe Regenerate all that land they've been buying in Africa if the solar grand minimum happens, any thoughts on this?
Lets get some life back in this thread