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New part-time farm owner
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Doug, Ontario    Posted 06-26-2004 at 05:08:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have just recently bought a 100 acre farm. Alfalfa is currently being taken off of it once a year. I am considering getting a few beef cattle but I am only there on weekends and don't really know what I might be getting myself in for.

Now, I am a city guy, so my farming skills need some work. Any advise would be appreciated.

I was told that you can pick up calves for under $100, but that with all the mad cow stuff you'll have a tough time making money.

Thanks/Doug


deadcarp    Posted 06-26-2004 at 07:56:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome to the country doug :) Weekend hobby farming has to be pretty much crops. You can't have a disease or fence break and be 4 days away from helping. Any kinda 4-legged hay-burners tie you down 24/7 whether you're sick or well. Course if you can grow alfalfa, you can garden and that can be interesting too.


Alias    Posted 06-26-2004 at 05:35:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
My advise is to watch as many episodes of "Green Acres" as you can and do the exact opposite as Oliver. Good luck.............gfp


Bob/Ont    Posted 06-26-2004 at 06:11:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Right on Alias, seen lots of "Douglas" neighbours.
Later Bob


Now guys....    Posted 06-26-2004 at 07:02:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
....is that country hospitality? Tsk, tsk.

As to the question. I don't know much about cattle. The prices vary depending on the part of the country and the breed. If you want to buy cattle and fatten them up and sell them, you could do that, but you would still have to hire someone to handle them, especially if you have no experience. Your better off to stick with just crops unless you plan to move onto the farm, start doing a great deal of research and put yourself into all the way. You can't raise livestock only on the weekends. You have to be there. JMHO

Cindi


KellyGa    Posted 06-26-2004 at 07:15:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seems like somebody asked a similar question like this a while back about being there just on weekends. Nope, sorry, if you have live animals, you have to be there, I don't care if it's cows, goats, chickens, anythign. Animals need everyday care and looking after. I agree with Cindi.


Bob/Ont    Posted 06-26-2004 at 07:43:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
You two both Said It All. Even leaving the place to work at a job is too much as far as I am concerned.
Later Bob


KellyGa    Posted 06-26-2004 at 08:40:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am fortunate that I don't have to go to work everyday. Ian does that for us. I get to stay home and play with the animals all day! Thats the life for me, yes it is! It is a full time job to take car of animals of any kind, and the more you h ave the more time it takes, so you have to love the work it takes to have them. :)


Bob/Ont    Posted 06-26-2004 at 09:22:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
We just had a pig for 11 yrs and she was a full time job looking after. Had to have family she knew look after her when we went anywhere.
Later Bob


KellyGa    Posted 06-26-2004 at 09:49:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, I know how that is. When we went to Florida we had a friend keep the rabbit, hutch and all. They spoiled him! They kept his hutch in the house!!! LOL! That friend and another were coming by and checking on the chickens and everything else in the house. Its hard to leave for very long. I think our next trip will be shorter to FLorida. We usually only stay three days and come back, but this time we were there for 5, and it was kinda stressful on me, wonderng how all the animals were faring, but everybody was fine when we got back, so I worried for nothing. Its still hard to leave them though, when you enjoy seeing them every day.


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