The essentials? - The Horse Forum

 4Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 05-17-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Soon to be South Carolina
Posts: 882
• Horses: 0
The essentials?

Hello all! I've been nosing around looking at farms for sale and it got me thinking. What does it take to run and properly maintain a farm? I'm sure it's time consuming and hard labor, but what are the tools and equipment needed and wanted by most?

Life's shining moments, however big or small, will always out weigh our darkest hour.
BarrelWannabe is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 05-18-2012, 07:34 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 119
• Horses: 0
Not enough bandwidth here to tackle that one
Rancher is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 05-18-2012, 07:52 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 119
• Horses: 0
Seriously, it's going to depend on what you plan to do...amount of land/livestock, climate, terrain, insects, forage, drainage, easement and on and on. Every farm/ranch is going to have different requirements. What kind of tractor/implements will you need? Will you need a tractor at all? How about a barn? How big? Fencing, waterlines, electric, well, septic...see? Your question is pretty much an open door without any specifics.

Oh yeah, and you can NEVER have enough tools.
CLaPorte432 likes this.

Last edited by Rancher; 05-18-2012 at 07:57 AM.
Rancher is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 05-18-2012, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Soon to be South Carolina
Posts: 882
• Horses: 0
Ah, ok. Well I'll try.

Itd be about 40-60 acres of pasture land in NE Oklahoma.
It would be a hobby/horse farm. I would like to have half pasture, half hay fields. There would be a barn, probably 60x40 with 4 stalls.

I'm not sure on fencing. I would like no-climb with a top board but I see pipe and cable being easier to maintain.

This whole thing would be a farm/homestead.
Posted via Mobile Device
BarrelWannabe is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 05-18-2012, 09:06 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 16,685
• Horses: 1
I'm not a farmer but ever since I was a tot I deemed my future career as "Farmer vet" yep.

It's going to take a lot of things from tractors to a well and good drainage/water system to sturdy barns to a good source of electrical power to enough acreage to fence off pastures to rotate and re-seed or even re-till so the ground doesn't end up barren or a mess. Lots of fencing, an abundance of tools and back-up materials. You have to check the fences (or should!) once a day. Depending on what you specialize in there could be a barn, paneled runs, stys, stables, etc.

I could be missing a lot of things out, especially since I'm not a farmer. But land is work. Animals on land is more work. Will you have another job or will you make the land your work? Cause if you have another job then you need workers and they have to be there daily so you'll need an area for them to bunk in.

It's worth re thinking until you find the right arrangement.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Skyseternalangel is online now  
post #6 of 12 Old 05-18-2012, 03:12 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 119
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by BarrelWannabe View Post
Ah, ok. Well I'll try.

Itd be about 40-60 acres of pasture land in NE Oklahoma.
It would be a hobby/horse farm. I would like to have half pasture, half hay fields. There would be a barn, probably 60x40 with 4 stalls.

I'm not sure on fencing. I would like no-climb with a top board but I see pipe and cable being easier to maintain.

This whole thing would be a farm/homestead.
Posted via Mobile Device

Sounds great. I could fill up a page and a half with tractor and implement suggestions alone for 40-60 acres plus hay harvesting and all the tools you'd need to maintain all that stuff. I think the important thing is, you get the place first and then you figure out what you want to do and what you need.
Rancher is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 05-18-2012, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Soon to be South Carolina
Posts: 882
• Horses: 0
True. I just thought it good to have an idea of the equipment I would need. I know I'll need a tractor, trailers, bailers, all kinds of stuuf. Just wanted to get a better idea.

Life's shining moments, however big or small, will always out weigh our darkest hour.
BarrelWannabe is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 05-18-2012, 04:30 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 119
• Horses: 0
If you can think of it, you'll need it .

For hay alone--unless you custom hire your hay harvesting or get into a deal where somebody cuts & bales for a share of the product--you'll need a haycutter, wheelrake, round or square baler. And, again, unless you want to hire people, you'll have to have the tools & knowledge to maintain your equipment. Hay fields need to be sprayed for weeds and fertilized. Sometimes dolomited, disced up or reseeded. For 40/60 acres I'd recommend a tractor of at least 40hp but bigger is better.

Last edited by Rancher; 05-18-2012 at 04:38 PM.
Rancher is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 05-18-2012, 09:01 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,289
• Horses: 0
I'd go 60 - 70 hp for a tractor on that size property and with those needs, and I would definitley have a bucket or front end loader on it. A 4 in 1 bucket is awfully nice. Besides the equipment Rancher mentioned, you would need a bushhog to move your pastures, something to drag or harrow pastures, a road blade, a manure spreader if you have horses in stalls, a spreader of some sort for lime, fertilizer and seed, a claw or spike if you're going to bale round bales, a hay elevator if you're going to bale squares, hay wagons to help put up hay, at least one "farm truck" that you won't put road tags on....

If you plan on having a garden, or farming anything other than hay, plows or discs are handy to have.

If you're doing your own fence, a post driver is about as handy as a pocket on a shirt.

Unless the land is VERY flat, 4W drive on the tractor and/or truck is good to have.

For a property that size, I would highly recommend a golf cart or some kind of utility vehicle like a John Deere Gator or a Kubota Mule. It might *seem* like a luxury at first, but trust me, it's pretty essential.

An equipment shed to put all this expensive stuff in; some sort of shop or shed so you can do oil changes, pump up tires and grease equipment.

Separate hay storage is a lovely thing.

I'm going to stop here, otherwise I could go on forever....
Rancher likes this.
maura is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 05-18-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Soon to be South Carolina
Posts: 882
• Horses: 0
Thanks guys! That's exactly what I wanted to know!
Posted via Mobile Device
BarrelWannabe is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Natures Essentials Enrich 32 feed made by Purina sandy2u1 Horse Nutrition 19 04-30-2015 01:09 PM
New horse, starting from scratch (almost), what are the essentials? steedaunh32 Horse Tack and Equipment 2 06-16-2011 11:50 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome