Starting up your own farm requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and patience. They’re qualities that will take you a long way, but you can’t survive on those alone. As well as the land, livestock, crops, and kind weather conditions, you’ll need a wide range of equipment in order to make your farm a success.
Data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs reveals that the agricultural industry contributed £9.4 billion to the UK in 2020. That represents a fall of 6.7% on the previous year, but there’s no denying the crucial role the farming sector plays in the nation’s economy.
If you are planning on starting up your own holding, there’s plenty you need to think about first – not least the type of equipment you’ll need to invest in.
What Equipment Will You Need?
- At least one tractor, to be used for towing mowers, cultivators, hay balers, and spreaders, among other machinery. The size and features of your tractor will depend on the type of tasks you need it for.
- A quad bike, which can prove a much more convenient way of getting around your land than using a tractor. They’re also powerful enough to tow small trailers.
- A pick-up truck, ideal for navigating trickier terrain and transporting tools, hay bales, and even small livestock.
- A plough, to overturn the soil and create furrows for seeds or crops to be planted. If you have different types of soil across your land, you may need more than one plough.
- A seeder, which spreads your crop seeds into the soil once it has been ploughed.
- A combine harvester, to cut down and separate your crops once they have grown and are ready to harvest.
- A hay baler, to pack your hay into compact, manageable shapes.
- An irrigator, which can be used to both drain and water your land.
- A scythe, which can prove perfect for mowing smaller areas of land.
- A wheelbarrow, for transporting equipment and sometimes even smaller livestock over shorter distances.
- A pitchfork, for lifting and transporting bundles of hay or leaves.
- A rake, for overturning smaller areas of soil and collecting unwanted debris such as leaves.
- A shovel, for digging holes and trenches, e.g. for drainage or fence posts.
The Importance of sourcing quality equipment
When investing in your vehicles, machinery, and tools, it’s absolutely vital that you prioritize quality over price. Superior equipment will enable you to reduce production time, increase efficiency and reduce downtime – all of which contribute towards a more successful enterprise.
You’ll also need to protect your equipment with a farm insurance policy, which can contribute towards the cost of repairs or replacements should anything go awry. Without it, you could be left grappling with extended periods of reduced productivity and a major financial headache.