How To Take Good Care of Farm Animals

It is necessary for farmers to have animals on their farm to care for. There is no way you can have a quality care of farm animals if you are the type that does not care for animals. If our major sole aim is to have animals on our farm so that we can benefit from them without adequate plan on how to take good and quality care of these animals then the animals may be subject to hardship.

For us to become a successful farmer we have to adopt various strategies on how to take proper care of the various animals on our farms. You must ensure that the animals are in a clean environment and the place must always be kept neat and decent. Provide each of those animals their necessary shelter and enough food on daily basis so that they can have a healthy life.

Invite a qualified veterinarian to carry out test on these animals at regular interval so as to prevent infection of any sort. Ensure that you provide the animals a good shelter that will protect them from wind, cold, heat and from dangerous animals.

Have a cursory look on the younger ones and the ones that have just been given birth to because they can easily fall prey to predators.

The more you invest on farm animals the more the outcomes of your investment, if you ensure they are kept in a clean place, the more they will not be invested with viruses and bacterias and this will reduce death rate among the animals, and that means more money for you by the time you start selling them to those that need them.

Jim Rogers and His Investment Funds

Jim Rogers and Jim Rogers Funds have became well known through his co-founding of the wildly successful Quantum Fund with George Soros. Since that time, he has traveled the world, and is focusing almost entirely on the commodity sector for probably the rest of his life.

Some of the investment vehicles he’s created since then are the Rogers International Commodities Index, Agrifirma – (based in Brazil), Agcapita Farmland Investment Partnership (based in Canada) and most recently the Macquarie and Rogers China Agriculture Index, based in Australia.

Jim Rogers feels that in the years ahead, because of the obvious and very predictable demand for food, that agriculture is going to be one of the most profitable investment sectors; and probably the most profitable, the reason he and Macquarie got together to create the Macquarie and Rogers China Agriculture Index, which measures actual – rather than projected – food consumption of the Chinese people.

According to Rogers, it won’t be bankers and investment advisors that will be the wealthy going forward, but it’ll be those who get into and invest in – farming.

Rogers also moved his family to Singapore, saying Asia is where the action will be, and he wants his young daughter to flourish and be challenged by learning Mandarin (which she speaks fluently) and partaking in the increasingly robust Asian economy.

It’s worth anyone’s time to check into the various Jim Rogers funds, as he, possibly more than anyone alive, understands and follows the commodity markets accurately.

One thing I do like about the agricultural index fund is there’s almost a surety food consumption in China will increase for a long time into the future, that makes China the bellwhether for food prices, because how China goes in reference to food prices, so will go the rest of the world.

Like anything else, with commodities we do need to do enough research to have at minimum a basic understanding of where things are trending.

With that in mind, it’s a good idea to check out the various Jim Rogers’ funds, and determine their track record and what their particular focus is.

Rogers does put his money where his mouth is, as he recently said he invests his money in the funds he operates or has a hand in. That’s more than a lot of people suggesting investments can say, as many of them just try to get people to trade in order to make money on commissions.

Anyway, I recommend doing some research on the Jim Rogers funds, and commodities in general, and look at the way the world is trending. There’s no doubt many natural resources and agricultural goods will be increasing in demand and prices going forward, and those preparing for and positioning themselves in the sector will do great in their investments.

Solar Farms, Land Owners Beware

Since the feed-in-tariff came into place in April there have been a large number of companies looking to sign up land owners to option agreements to build solar farms on their land. Now this can be an excellent way for a farmer/land owner to maximise the income they generate and also to diversify their income. Typically the option will be a rental agreement lasting for 25 years where a fixed fee is paid or a percentage of the FIT is offered. The yield will almost always be multiples of what could be made by farming the land sounds great so where is the catch?

The catch is that the site has to be built and producing energy by March 2012 to be viable, so with planning timescales this means you have just one chance with one company to generate this income. Some of the companies out there signing land owners up don’t have any intention of building the sites instead they are looking to get the option agreement signed and sell it on to a company with the infrastructure in place at a profit. This means if they don’t manage to sell the option on the site will not be built and the land owner will miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to benefit from the feed in tariff.

So what should you look for?

Proof of funding is the most important element. If a company contacts you and the cannot prove they have funding in place do not deal with them. Whatever they offer you is irrelevant as they don’t have the means to build the site. I would also ask whether the company providing the finance (generally investment bank etc) has invested in green energy before and if they have any other solar projects up and running. This reduces the risk of funding being pulled at a later stage.

Next most important is which company is building the site and what experience do they have in large scale solar farms? Ensure the company has experience in building solar farms and preferably as some running effectively in other solar markets such as Spain or Germany.

Ensure the company has experience in dealing with planning issues on renewable energy. This is important with the tight time scale of the FIT. Once again you have only one shot at getting the site built on the land and you want someone with experience to ensure the process runs smoothly.

Finally look at what the companies are offering you financially, dependant on where you are in the country and grid connection costs a rough guideline is between £500-£1000 per year per acre. If the company offers much less than this you are being short changed. If the company offers much more than this alarm bells should be ringing as the project is unlikely to be viable and therefore you may miss out on your chance to utilise the FIT.