Comments on: Good and Bad http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/ farm blog, farming blog, country blog, country living blog, livestock blog, rural lifestyle blog Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:50:13 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: Charley Farley http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-3358 Charley Farley Fri, 23 Mar 2007 16:08:49 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-3358 I live on 20 acres in Iowa. You must live in Kentucky. I'm goingto check into the Mahindra tractors. By the way who is BJ Later Charley I live on 20 acres in Iowa. You must live in Kentucky.
I’m goingto check into the Mahindra tractors. By the way who is BJ

Later Charley

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By: joelw http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-3154 joelw Sat, 17 Mar 2007 20:36:24 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-3154 Dan, Thanks for reading. Spring will be there before you know it. Dan,
Thanks for reading. Spring will be there before you know it.

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By: joelw http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-3152 joelw Sat, 17 Mar 2007 20:35:10 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-3152 PJ, Can you make money on a small herd of goats? Sure, just don't expect to get rich. The best thing you can have for goats is brush and bramble. I use a saying to describe goats, Goats will starve to death in good pasture. By that I mean they don't like to graze like cattle or horses. They would rather have briars and trees. The most important thing about goats is to keep them wormed. They get parasites very easily. I remember when you used to get laughed at for being a goat farmer. Now lots of folks make a good living with large herds. A cow can only have one calf a year, but goats will have four or five kids lots of times if the breedings are scheduled right. Glad you like the blog. Keep checking back! PJ,
Can you make money on a small herd of goats? Sure, just don’t expect to get rich. The best thing you can have for goats is brush and bramble. I use a saying to describe goats, Goats will starve to death in good pasture. By that I mean they don’t like to graze like cattle or horses. They would rather have briars and trees. The most important thing about goats is to keep them wormed. They get parasites very easily. I remember when you used to get laughed at for being a goat farmer. Now lots of folks make a good living with large herds. A cow can only have one calf a year, but goats will have four or five kids lots of times if the breedings are scheduled right.
Glad you like the blog. Keep checking back!

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By: Dan http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-3124 Dan Sat, 17 Mar 2007 14:46:14 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-3124 Almost time to get those peas in up here ... I'm hoping that spring will get as soon as this new snow melts and I can fire up the tiller. Almost time to get those peas in up here … I’m hoping that spring will get as soon as this new snow melts and I can fire up the tiller.

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By: pj williams http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-3037 pj williams Fri, 16 Mar 2007 21:36:36 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-3037 I love this blog, i read it and and look forward to it at least weekly. I was wondering can a small farmer make money on meat goats? by small I mean 100 head annually I look forward to your reply. I love this blog, i read it and and look forward to it at least weekly. I was wondering can a small farmer make money on meat goats? by small I mean 100 head annually I look forward to your reply.

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By: joelw http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-3024 joelw Fri, 16 Mar 2007 19:32:31 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-3024 Candy, I use the gotas for both meat and land clearing. I just love goat burger. Thanks for reading and keep checking back. Stefanie, Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoy the posts. Candy,
I use the gotas for both meat and land clearing. I just love goat burger. Thanks for reading and keep checking back.

Stefanie,
Thanks for reading, I’m glad you enjoy the posts.

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By: stefanie http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-2993 stefanie Thu, 15 Mar 2007 20:37:01 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-2993 I think your postings are absolutly wonderful. I really enjoy reading them. I bought 4 1/2 acres in 05 and have two kids 2 horses, some chickens, rabitts, dogs, cats and a bunch of pecan and fruit trees and am trying to substitute my income from my job as much as possible with things from my little farm. It is very encouraging and helpful to read what you experience. Thank's for taking the time to share with us I think your postings are absolutly wonderful. I really enjoy reading them. I bought 4 1/2 acres in 05 and have two kids 2 horses, some chickens, rabitts, dogs, cats and a bunch of pecan and fruit trees and am trying to substitute my income from my job as much as possible with things from my little farm. It is very encouraging and helpful to read what you experience.
Thank’s for taking the time to share with us

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By: Candy http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-2991 Candy Thu, 15 Mar 2007 17:34:30 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-2991 I noticed that you show pics of your boer goats, do you use them for land clearing or for meat? I certainly understand the farming blues you have been through, as our kitch floor is in need of replacement and our barn floor still is mushy from all the rain. Your blog is definitely a format I may consider since this is my first time to do any of this. I noticed that you show pics of your boer goats, do you use them for land clearing or for meat?

I certainly understand the farming blues you have been through, as our kitch floor is in need of replacement and our barn floor still is mushy from all the rain.

Your blog is definitely a format I may consider since this is my first time to do any of this.

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By: Kevin http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-2973 Kevin Wed, 14 Mar 2007 11:40:35 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-2973 Joel, Family & Friends I hear what you are saying about worrys about a hired hand putting you into the poor house. But still, the lenders are very reluctant to give loans out to borrowers without a track record in the venture they are wanting to finance. Otherwise they want more than enough collateral to offset any risk they are taking. One thought that might help is check into setting up an LLC. You, your dad and mom will be the officers for a Limited Liability Corp. which leases the ground for the chicken operation from your family. This away, if there are financial problems that arise out of the chicken op, part of the family farm can be shielded from foreclosure. Some lenders will allow you to at least set aside a portion of the property from the leveraged property, due to state homestead laws. Christine, the kittens might be having a problem with a viral respiratory infection. This problem comes on quickly and kills the young animals very quickly. My only suggestion is either take them to a shelter or vet, along with momma cat. The vet might be able to set you up with some antibiotics for the kittens and the mother that could keep the rest of them from dieing, but don't count on it. My experience is once the infection has set in on the litter, they are all pretty much going to get it. Sorry to sound negative, but that is pretty much how these things go. Joel, Family & Friends
I hear what you are saying about worrys about a hired hand putting you into the poor house. But still, the lenders are very reluctant to give loans out to borrowers without a track record in the venture they are wanting to finance. Otherwise they want more than enough collateral to offset any risk they are taking. One thought that might help is check into setting up an LLC. You, your dad and mom will be the officers for a Limited Liability Corp. which leases the ground for the chicken operation from your family. This away, if there are financial problems that arise out of the chicken op, part of the family farm can be shielded from foreclosure. Some lenders will allow you to at least set aside a portion of the property from the leveraged property, due to state homestead laws.

Christine, the kittens might be having a problem with a viral respiratory infection. This problem comes on quickly and kills the young animals very quickly. My only suggestion is either take them to a shelter or vet, along with momma cat. The vet might be able to set you up with some antibiotics for the kittens and the mother that could keep the rest of them from dieing, but don’t count on it. My experience is once the infection has set in on the litter, they are all pretty much going to get it. Sorry to sound negative, but that is pretty much how these things go.

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By: joelw http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/comment-page-1/#comment-2967 joelw Tue, 13 Mar 2007 23:31:33 +0000 http://blog.mahindrausa.com/2007/03/12/good-and-bad/#comment-2967 Kevin, I wouldn't be able to keep the off farm job if I do the chickenhouses. Each will take approximately 12 to 13 man hours a day. No way I'm going to go in debt that much money and hire someone else to run it. I'd be scared to death they'd ruin me. As for financing each seperate (houses/equipment)that could put me in a real pickle if for someone reason I couldn't get the money for the equipment. That's a ton of money either way. About $500k for grade, gravel, and construction and another $250k for equipment. I'm spread so thin now I don't know how I'd find time to do any of the work. We bring a lot to the table as far as borrowers go and I'm sure we can get the loan if we want to play by all their rules. I'm just not sure I'm willing to do that. I'm taking a huge risk by quitting a good job and losing all those fringe benefits. For quite a while I'd be taking a cut in pay anyway. I figure it will all work out like it's supposed to. I doubt the young farmer loans would fit because I'm going to partner with my dad. Kevin,
I wouldn’t be able to keep the off farm job if I do the chickenhouses. Each will take approximately 12 to 13 man hours a day. No way I’m going to go in debt that much money and hire someone else to run it. I’d be scared to death they’d ruin me. As for financing each seperate (houses/equipment)that could put me in a real pickle if for someone reason I couldn’t get the money for the equipment. That’s a ton of money either way. About $500k for grade, gravel, and construction and another $250k for equipment. I’m spread so thin now I don’t know how I’d find time to do any of the work. We bring a lot to the table as far as borrowers go and I’m sure we can get the loan if we want to play by all their rules. I’m just not sure I’m willing to do that. I’m taking a huge risk by quitting a good job and losing all those fringe benefits. For quite a while I’d be taking a cut in pay anyway. I figure it will all work out like it’s supposed to. I doubt the young farmer loans would fit because I’m going to partner with my dad.

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