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TAFKAT

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He’s semi retired, on hire he does all the grassland spraying hire work and a bit of hedge cutting in the winter and then the rest of the year he lives in the teleporter and no-one else is aloud near that under any circumstances 😂 but that’s all he likes to do along with his own farming, his love of hire work and machinery is long gone I can’t blame him either it’s a tough life as you well know.
It's not simple to be sure. How long are you at it yourself?
 

Masseyrk662

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Looking at things from afar, there's some contrast between the lifestyle of a teacher and that of an agri contractor.
Well it’s a pensionable job and it’s easier get a mortgage if you were a full time teacher than an agri contractor. I can always stay at the baling and that too if I was teaching full time, even if I had to cut down on customers. At the moment I’m only the spailpín fánach of teachers anyway, all the full time jobs are in Dublin and I’d rather stay covered in slurry all spring than go up there
 

Bencroy

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Looking at things from afar, there's some contrast between the lifestyle of a teacher and that of an agri contractor.
Was a honours maths teacher in our local school up to a few years ago( could be 10 , I had graduated 😊) who was a baling contractor in mayo. R R was his name.it was hoped he would take principles job here but obviously it made more sense back in mayo where got a principle job.knew him to see but I hear he had a substantial baling business during holiday season at that time
 

eire23

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I wonder where I would get a cheap pto cover for the fusion 2? 200 plus vat for just the back piece I’m getting priced at the minute, don’t want to spent too much on it I’ll be definitely shifting it the end of this year
Genfitt in mayo be worth a try I'd say
 

MF30

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Well it’s a pensionable job and it’s easier get a mortgage if you were a full time teacher than an agri contractor. I can always stay at the baling and that too if I was teaching full time, even if I had to cut down on customers. At the moment I’m only the spailpín fánach of teachers anyway, all the full time jobs are in Dublin and I’d rather stay covered in slurry all spring than go up there
Mrs MF30 is a primary school teacher and has 3 level 9 masters qualifications but is as happy dosing cattle, its not all fun dealing with people sometimes.
 

Masseyrk662

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Mrs MF30 is a primary school teacher and has 3 level 9 masters qualifications but is as happy dosing cattle, its not all fun dealing with people sometimes.
Oh that’s it like I always thought I’d be farming/contracting full time my whole life but as time went on and all my friends where going off on holidays and to festivals etc I decided maybe it would be better to not fully rely on hire work either, that and the rising cost of machinery, diesel, lack of labour and good lot of my customers getting older with no-one to take over made me think having a backup might be no harm. My girlfriend is a posh townie from Kildare she’s a marketing manager for a clothing company, she doesn’t know a whole pile about farming or contracting other than “masseys have the worst passenger seat ever”
 

Nashty

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Oh that’s it like I always thought I’d be farming/contracting full time my whole life but as time went on and all my friends where going off on holidays and to festivals etc I decided maybe it would be better to not fully rely on hire work either, that and the rising cost of machinery, diesel, lack of labour and good lot of my customers getting older with no-one to take over made me think having a backup might be no harm. My girlfriend is a posh townie from Kildare she’s a marketing manager for a clothing company, she doesn’t know a whole pile about farming or contracting other than “masseys have the worst passenger seat ever”
Is the teaching well paid enough to keep you at it while you employ a man full time for the winter and spring full time? Would you be as well off financially to be full time at the contracting? I have a man 5 days of the week at home farming while I am working off farm. The problem is that I still have an awful lot to do when I come home in the evening, and that is no slight on the man I have employed, he is a good man to have and he isn't costing the sun moon and stars either. I often wonder would I be as well off at home full time myself.
 

Masseyrk662

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To be very honest now it’s hard answer that because I’m not teaching as an actual job really if you get me, I have no permanent contract any work I get is someone else’s hours whether they are out sick, pregnant etc, if I got a full time job I’d be able answer that better. The lad that’s there all the time was there when dad was fully in charge when I was in college etc he’s been at 75% of all the slurry himself the last 10 years and he’s very good, all the customers love to see him coming as he seldom leaves and track in the heavy ground around here. That’s why I was saying if I got full time employment I’d like to get out of slurry and see if he would take over that side of things altogether with his own machinery. God forbid anything happens the father though or there would have to be serious changes, I’d have to either fully leave the teaching or get out of hedge cutting and spraying on hire and probably employ someone else full time
 

Nashty

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To be very honest now it’s hard answer that because I’m not teaching as an actual job really if you get me, I have no permanent contract any work I get is someone else’s hours whether they are out sick, pregnant etc, if I got a full time job I’d be able answer that better. The lad that’s there all the time was there when dad was fully in charge when I was in college etc he’s been at 75% of all the slurry himself the last 10 years and he’s very good, all the customers love to see him coming as he seldom leaves and track in the heavy ground around here. That’s why I was saying if I got full time employment I’d like to get out of slurry and see if he would take over that side of things altogether with his own machinery. God forbid anything happens the father though or there would have to be serious changes, I’d have to either fully leave the teaching or get out of hedge cutting and spraying on hire and probably employ someone else full time
I was always told that the slurry was the one job that every contractor agreed was their cash cow at otherwise quiet times of the year, I'd be slow to give it up! Similar to me in that I inherited my man from my own father's time and I have to say I get on well with him and sure ideally things will remain as they were. Financially, it is always good to question what we are doing I think as farming / contracting isn't going to become more profitable going forward.
 

Masseyrk662

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yes it is definitely very important to question what we are doing always, the slurry is my least profitable enterprise and the slurry machinery is getting old now, so it could be a make or break in the next few years, in saying that I'll probably get a mad notion some year and buy 2 new tankers and an agitator and be married to slurry for another 15 years :cowboy:
 

Mike

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yes it is definitely very important to question what we are doing always, the slurry is my least profitable enterprise and the slurry machinery is getting old now, so it could be a make or break in the next few years, in saying that I'll probably get a mad notion some year and buy 2 new tankers and an agitator and be married to slurry for another 15 years :cowboy:
I would have thought that tanking was one of the better earners, but in fairness, the way ye charge per load up there is nuts.
 

Delboy

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yes it is definitely very important to question what we are doing always, the slurry is my least profitable enterprise and the slurry machinery is getting old now, so it could be a make or break in the next few years, in saying that I'll probably get a mad notion some year and buy 2 new tankers and an agitator and be married to slurry for another 15 years :cowboy:
Youll need a trailing shoe next and they aint cheap.
 

Peter

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Is the teaching well paid enough to keep you at it while you employ a man full time for the winter and spring full time? Would you be as well off financially to be full time at the contracting? I have a man 5 days of the week at home farming while I am working off farm. The problem is that I still have an awful lot to do when I come home in the evening, and that is no slight on the man I have employed, he is a good man to have and he isn't costing the sun moon and stars either. I often wonder would I be as well off at home full time myself.

A good few of my friends are in a similar position. Working 40 hours off farm a week and then facing into the same when they land home fairly quickly wears thin. Its leading to a couple of them thinking of dairy farming for the constant income.
 

Blackwater boy

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A good few of my friends are in a similar position. Working 40 hours off farm a week and then facing into the same when they land home fairly quickly wears thin. Its leading to a couple of them thinking of dairy farming for the constant income.
Packing in the day job and going full time farming? what type of farming are these lad at now Peter?
 

Deerehunter

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I'm looking for a fordson super major backend or even a whole wrecked tractor. Wondering would anyone on here have one?
I know where there is/was one. I think it's missing a top cover. I can find out if he still has it. is it standard or live drive you need. another place you could try is courtmacsherry machinery. they had good few being scrapped about 15 years ago.
 

MeathMassey3

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I know where there is/was one. I think it's missing a top cover. I can find out if he still has it. is it standard or live drive you need. another place you could try is courtmacsherry machinery. they had good few being scrapped about 15 years ago.
Preferably one with the live drive. Might give courtmacsherry a shout, i must see does John Conaty have one but I don't think I seen any last time I was roaming around there last week, I'm inquiring on behalf of a friend who's after making a 6 cylinder major but with just a standard diesel major backend with no live drive so he's mad to get a super major back end for it with the live drive.
 

jf 850

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Preferably one with the live drive. Might give courtmacsherry a shout, i must see does John Conaty have one but I don't think I seen any last time I was roaming around there last week, I'm inquiring on behalf of a friend who's after making a 6 cylinder major but with just a standard diesel major backend with no live drive so he's mad to get a super major back end for it with the live drive.

Most 6 cylinder Major conversions use the standard single clutch . Stronger than a double clutch .
 
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