How this busy beef farmer plans to improve time management on his farm
After a successful year on the farm, I am already looking ahead to next year and some improvements.
The two areas I plan to look into are labour and more efficient time management.
With farms becoming busier it is not just dairy farmers that are finding it hard to source extra help.
On my own farm I rely heavily on agriculture students and part-time labour.
With a lot of straw being used on the farm as bedding, one option for us is to buy a straw chopper as some of the sheds have a passage with space to work a straw shedder. It might be more expensive than a four grain fork, but labour and time is costly too.
Another option is a diet feeder to feed both cattle and sheep.
Again it would be a substantial purchase, but it would be a one-man job and the extra performance in all animals plus the minimising of wastage would add to the value.
Looking at labour patterns, we are carrying a lot of meal buckets or using the wheel barrow around the yard. With the rising costs of inputs, more precise weighing of the diet including meal, silage and straw may be needed to enable us to understand the real costs of feeding our animals.