Got any unwanted farm parts to sell? Haybay offers chance to make a buck
Two Blarney-based brothers are racing ahead with their online farm sales website, www.haybay.ie.
First launched three years ago, haybay.ie has trebled its visitor numbers each year and now has close to 12,000 visitors a month.
Conceived and designed by farming brothers Maurice and Michael Twomey, the website is a one-stop selling shop for all things agricultural, from tractors and trailers to cattle and parts.
Maurice said haybay, a play on ebay, began as a way of selling their own hay and straw. "I was selling my own hay and straw and my brother, Michael, is the IT man, so he set up the website to sell my own stuff," Maurice said. "Then we sold some bits and pieces for our neighbours and charged a fee for selling it.
"Gradually it grew out into machinery and livestock and, today, the majority of our customers are repeat business -- people who have sold three or four different things on the site and keep coming back."
Maurice has been on the road for the past three years, calling into various farms to explain about the website and take advertisements.