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    05-17-2012, 10:26 PM
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Yearling
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?
     
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    05-18-2012, 07:34 AM
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Foal
Not enough bandwidth here to tackle that one
     
    05-18-2012, 07:52 AM
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Foal
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.
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    05-18-2012, 08:45 AM
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Yearling
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.
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    05-18-2012, 09:06 AM
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Showing
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.
     
    05-18-2012, 03:12 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by BarrelWannabe    
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.
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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.
     
    05-18-2012, 03:24 PM
  #7
Yearling
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.
     
    05-18-2012, 04:30 PM
  #8
Foal
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.
     
    05-18-2012, 09:01 PM
  #9
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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....
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    05-18-2012, 09:07 PM
  #10
Yearling
Thanks guys! That's exactly what I wanted to know!
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