Collecting Antique Farm Memorabilia

A growing number of people are collecting antique manure spreaders brochures and other farm memorabilia. It doesn’t matter whether or not these souvenirs and keepsakes are old printed advertisements, metal or paper signs, a mint condition brochure for antique manure spreaders can be a great collectible.

Collecting Antique Farm Memorabilia

While it takes to very deep pockets to buy and sell real antique new idea manure spreaders and antique wood John Deere machinery, not to mention researching all those antique tractor parts, just about anyone can collect farm memorabilia. Many farm families and former equipment dealers and employees often keep souvenirs of the machines they owned or worked with.

It is not uncommon to find a loose flyer or manual hiding away in a trunk or shoved out of sight in a box in the corner of a barn depicting antique manure spreaders, tractors, hay wagons and balers in robust black and white. Most memorabilia is worth little more than just simple nostalgia pieces.

But if occasionally, a collector with a sharp and discerning eye for detail will come across an advertisement or signage for a rare model of John Deere tractor. Or better still something displaying an early model antique New Idea manure spreader.

American farmers turned inventors, Joseph Oppenheim and Henry Synck developed the first commercially available manure spreader in the 1800s. The New Idea Company (under various owners and names) has made the spreaders and other mechanized farming machines ever since and recently celebrated its 100 year old anniversary in 1999 as a division of the AGCO Corporation.

As you can tell any type of keepsake or toy or advertising that depicts any antique farm tool, machinery or equipment is not only valuable for its own sake but could also be of interest to both collectors of full size tractors or well as farm toy enthusiasts.

Types of Farm Memorabilia

Collectors have various ways to organize their collections:

• By brand or manufacturer

Like John Deere, New Idea or International Harvester. This type of collecting is the most popular for both ease of organization plus displaying a whole set of green John Deere replicas has a certain visual appeal.

• By machinery type

Tractors vs. hay balers. This is the next most popular method; since people normally want to buy toys or items that match the type of equipment they remember the most fondly like tractors.

• By age

Vintage manure spreaders (20-30 years old) vs. antique manure spreaders (75-100+ years old). The age of collection is often set more by budget restrictions than any other factor since true antiques are often out of price range of a beginner collector.

• By individual preference (a collector just likes the way the advertisement or sign looks or it reminds them of personal memory.)

In any of the cases mentioned above, investing in farm memorabilia be it vintage dealer signs or posters of antique manure spreaders, you can see how this simple hobby can turn that old trash in the attic into a treasure or two.

How to Farm Cattle Yourself and Avoid the Common Mistakes Committed by Most Cattle Farmers

Considering a shift in whatever it is you are doing to a new endeavor like farming cattle is no joke. Unless you have a clear idea of what it is you are getting into, you are not likely to breeze through the entire experience. Any material on cattle farming will tell you that there are risks and challenges that you will have to face. Raising livestock is never without any glitches. There is no guarantee that a particular animal will grow to the weight that you expect them to even if you give them all the food that they require. Neither are there guarantees that your animals will not get sick unexpectedly. Learning how to deal with these challenges comes from actually experiencing how to farm cattle yourself.

If you want to learn how to farm cattle before plunging into the endeavor yourself, you can take on a job at a cattle farm. This way, you will experience firsthand what it entails to farm cattle without risking any form of investment. Cattle farming or any other kind of farming is not for everyone. Learning how to farm cattle through experience will allow you to decide whether you are cut out for cattle farming or not. This will also give you the chance to try out the various tasks involved in cattle farming. When you finally decide that you have successfully gained enough knowledge on how to farm cattle, you will be adequately equipped to start out your own cattle farm.

By learning how to farm cattle before you start your own farm, you are more likely to avoid the common mistakes committed by those cattle farmers who start out without prior experience. It would be much easier for you to assume the responsibilities of being a full-pledged cattle farmer. The first-hand experience and knowledge you have gathered will give you more confidence in making the right decisions towards the design, composition, and operation of your very own cattle farm.

Avoiding the Hike in Capital Gains Tax With Farm Land Investment

Institutional investors have been buying agricultural land for years due to the sustained increase in demand for food, feed and fuel, and lack of supply of good land. This has ensured that UK farm land investment has returned an annual average of around 10% in capital growth, whilst also allowing investors to capture income in the form of rent charged to farmer working the land.

Agricultural land investment in the UK also provides investors with a number of tax planning advantages such a IHT relief and business relief, now we can add Capital Gains Tax to the list of advantages that UK farm land investment has over the more traditional residential buy to let model. Arable land, when rented to a farmer who works the land, qualifies as a business, and therefore will fall into the lower band of Capital Gains Tax under the new Lib/Con Government.

So what does this mean for investors? Well in the most basic terms, it means that a profit of £50,000 generated from the sale of a residential property would incur a tax bill of £20,000, whilst the same profit generated from the sale of a farm, of working farm land, would incur a tax bill of only £9,000, meaning that the same profit would leave the farm land investor better off by £11,000.

All of that of course is a sideline to the fact that UK farm land has increased in value every year for ten years at an average ate of about 10% according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and is yet still only half the price of farm land in Ireland, Holland and Denmark, leaving a huge margin for growth, not to mention the income stream created by renting the land to a farmer (we are achieving 7% per annum in 2010).

When you take into account the associated costs of buying running and selling a buy to let property n the UK, and add the 40% tax bill at the backend, it would seem that a farmland investment would make a much more sensible choice for the investor hungry for growth, income, and a fair deal on tax.