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waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Farming on Orkney?
« on: November 19, 2017, 04:19:22 pm »
Found this. Looks interesting and beautiful, albeit would be hard to live wouldn't it? Looks pretty harsh tbh

https://www.farmingads.co.uk/an-island-farm-with-great-potential/Farm-property-and-land/667104
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macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Farming on Orkney?
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2017, 07:43:02 pm »
Much cheaper than around here but... there's nothing there!!! No customers to sell to. No sunlight. Lots of wind... cold...

I believe this would be of interest to you as its uk s most northerly water buffalo farm - on Orkney
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DL698x6rKmjQ&ved=0ahUKEwiUqLqWssvXAhVFPRoKHcfZA3AQwqsBCDowBw&usg=AOvVaw3VSLG9IFiFyD9KUM-1DAYW
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Farming on Orkney?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 11:22:55 pm »
I love Orkney when I visited it years ago. We went with a view to moving there but ended up on Arran.

waterbuffalofarmer

  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Farming on Orkney?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2017, 12:38:54 pm »
Much cheaper than around here but... there's nothing there!!! No customers to sell to. No sunlight. Lots of wind... cold...

I believe this would be of interest to you as its uk s most northerly water buffalo farm - on Orkney
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DL698x6rKmjQ&ved=0ahUKEwiUqLqWssvXAhVFPRoKHcfZA3AQwqsBCDowBw&usg=AOvVaw3VSLG9IFiFyD9KUM-1DAYW
Yeah i remember him. Him and dad were in contact for a while about it. Fascinating bloke :)
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sabrina

  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: Farming on Orkney?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2017, 03:32:10 pm »
Island life is harsh. Costly to feed animals. You would need to research what you plan to do and check out markets etc. Most Islanders have more than one job.

Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Farming on Orkney?
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2017, 07:04:15 am »
The school systems seem good though.  Every child gets to learn a musical instrument from day one up to leaving.  Makes for really good socials.

CarolineJ

  • Joined Dec 2015
  • North coast of Scotland
Re: Farming on Orkney?
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2017, 12:41:37 pm »
Hay can be a big problem.  Someone posted in one of the horsey communities the other day that they were paying £70 for a round bale on Shetland this winter, because it's having to be brought up from mainland Scotland.  Delivery to Orkney is slightly cheaper, but there's very little to come over from Caithness, farmers here are having to look further south.

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Farming on Orkney?
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2017, 10:40:30 pm »
The ground is more fertile on Orkney though so it maybe that people can grow their own.

 

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