Farming...Starting Small

Diane Ziomek By Diane Ziomek, 18th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2i0cjclb/
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This is a very brief description of what it will take to get started in the farming industry.

Start Small

Many people want to get away from the big cities and become farmers. This is a wonderful way to live a more relaxed life (there are a few busy times) and enjoy peace and quiet. The trick to being successful is to start small.

Learning the ways of farming is a trial and error business. What works for your neighbour may not necessarily work on your farm. If you have a farming background it is easier, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t. Many people have taken the plunge and gone headlong from the big city life to full time farmers, and are very successful.

What Is Needed

The first step is to decide on what you will raise and/or grow. Will you raise cattle, pigs or sheep? Or will you do some of each? Will you grow enough grain to sell or just enough for feed for your animals? Is there a hayfield on the land or are you going to have to seed one?

The next thing is the matter of equipment. If you are still in the stages of deciding if farming is what you want to do for the next several years, perhaps renting the equipment is most feasible. If you are sure the farm is where you want to be, purchasing equipment will be wiser. The trick here is to buy good used equipment. There are often auction sales which sell well maintained equipment at a lower cost than from a dealership. Having some mechanical knowledge is a definite plus when purchasing and operating farm equipment. Often new farmers will buy new equipment on credit and not be able to afford to make payments when they have a bad year. Starting with good used equipment is the wiser choice when first starting out.

If operating a mixed farming operation, you will require some basic equipment and facilities. A tractor, cultivator, seed drill, haybine, swather, combine, baler and post pounder should suffice for equipment. A good barn, feed shed, corrals, head gate and calf table (latter two optional if raising cattle) should be enough for livestock. Also be sure to have a good watering system in place that will not freeze up in the winter.

What To Raise

Starting with a few different animals will give you a good feel for what you like and what you don’t. Some people only prefer to raise cattle, while others prefer pigs. Some like to raise a few of each so they can keep their freezer stocked year round. Chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, cattle and pigs are all raised for food products. Some are raised for the meat, some for the milk, and some for both.

Adding a vegetable garden to the mix will ensure the majority of your family’s food comes from the farm. Growing oats, wheat and other grains will also be beneficial. These may be used for feed or sold at your local grain elevator.

Start small, then expand if you so desire. If managed properly, a modest living may be made from farming a quarter of land.

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Crops, Farm Animals, Farm Equipment, Farming, Livestock

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author avatar Diane Ziomek
I have always been interested in writing, but have only been publishing online since January 2010. I have many interests and write articles on several of them, such as crafts, writing, gardening etc.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
25th May 2015 (#)

Farming is after my heart - a small vegetable garden, thanks for the tips, Diane - siva

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