Run Your Own Farm or Smallholding

Run Your Own Farm or Smallholding

There are many reasons why each year, people register their own smallholding farm.  Usually, it’s a labour of love and interest, something to fill the days with activity and joy. This is because you’ll hardly have the same amount of land and production feasibility as a commercial farm, nor the business registration to that level, but you may gain benefits such as a freezer full of quality meat or the ability to sell eggs to the community from time to time. Think of it as a much larger allotment.

If you have a few acres and the funding to support it, this can be a beautiful project to consider. Of course, it requires deep planning and care to pull off well and to meet all of the essential legislation. That being said, this is perfectly possible provided you’re willing to put the time in. Make sure you look for essential advice around building a small farm or smallholding to prepare for this process. Well-applied, it should help you ease into this situation with more care, and to prevent the range of mistakes that can easily be made.

Consider Shelter Needs For a Small Farm

You’ll need to shelter your farmyard animals, no matter if they are cows, sheep, chickens, or something less farmyard-like but no less important like a horse or pony. Field shelters can help you construct the best protection against the harsh elements, as well as providing a secure place to keep said animals safe and secure at night. It’s worth investing in high-quality shelters such as this because it will serve as the hub around which you structure the rest of your land management. 

Running Your Own Small Farm : Protecting Your Land

It’s important to protect your land. With fences, some using barbed wire or electrified elements (to keep cattle in, for instance), as well as locked gates preventing theft of animals during the day or night – protecting your land is important. It can also be important to maintain the land such as using drainage pipes to protect against flooding. This can be a problem if dealing with steeper land or if you’re in a regularly wet environment. Protecting your land to this end can ensure that your animals have enough space, are safe within your borders, and that you can easily defend against encroachments on your land.

Medical Aids & Necessary Restrictions

So-called medical aids are important to follow, and will be outlined in the smallholding law and regulations you must contend with. For example, vaccinating your cattle or sheep is an important process, and may require the use of a third-party verification service to document, apply and log. This also goes with regular inspections of your property (usually once a year) in order to approve the number of animals you may have with you at any one time. It’s up to you to stay up to date with relevant rules and regs and to ensure that your animals are looked after in accordance with them.

If your dream is to run a small farm or smallholding make sure you know what you have to do legally, ethically and get advice to make this a project that is sustainable.

Ethical Business Practices

Ethical Business Practices

Supporting ethical businesses and trying to adopt more ethical business practices in my own business (as well as my personal life) is important to me. Ethical business practices were once unheard of and certainly not something easy to achieve, or affordable for businesses to adopt. Thankfully times have changed and we are living in a more enlightened time, in some ways at least. If you want to make your business more ethical, the following methods give you a good place to start.

Create an Ethical Supply Chain

Making your supply chain more ethical can allow you to show your customers that you’re diligent about making sure everything about your company as green, as sustainable and yes, that all employees are fairly treated and that you are continuing to work towards being as ethical as possible. You can start by ensuring your products are manufactured in a suitable manner and check every stage of your supply chain to make sure it adheres to the same standards and way of working. If your supply chain moves through different countries, following the law in each one is important, as is doing your due diligence to ensure you are certain your supply chain does, in fact, follow the same standards that you want them to.

Create an Ethical Culture

An ethical culture within your company is good for your employees. It helps them to feel safe at work and gives them the tools that they need to speak up if they need to. When you have an ethical business culture, it can help you to retain employees and customers. Don’t just talk the talk though; do your research and lead by example. Ethical business is not just about any one factor, it is about adopting a whole new way of working, trading, training, looking after staff and more.

Focus on Ethical Leadership

Ethical leadership is an important part of building an ethical business culture. A leader should have some key qualities, such as listening to criticism and being willing to take action to correct mistakes. A good leader needs to be able to take responsibility for any mistakes that might occur and learn from them.

Ethical Business When You are a Solopreneur or Freelancer

Is it possible to adopt ethical business practices when you are a one man or one woman band? Of course it is. Identify what ethical working means for you and start small. Choose your vendors carefully, look at green business, look at sustainable business, supporting communities, choosing business insurance from a company that works the same way that you do perhaps. It’s a lot to think about yet worth the effort if you are serious about making the change.

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