Today is Part 2 of an interview with farmer John Suscovich of Farm Marketing Solutions.
Part Two was recorded a year after Part 1, and was recorded in February 2016.
So you will get two perspectives from the same person, separated by a lot time and experiences.
You hear about what John learned about life and farming over the course of year and how his farm evolved based on what he’s learned.
Today’s episode focuses on how things have changed on the farm over the last year. John will talk about what operations he dropped on the farm and why. He will break down the economics between laying hens and broilers. And he will talk about the macro concept of focusing on less to do things better overall.
[x_blockquote cite=”John Suscovich” type=”center”]”Everyone has days that they hate their job.”[/x_blockquote]
Notes from the interview with John Suscovich
- Everyone has days that they hate their job. Everyone has days that don’t go well, even with their dream job.
- Why he kept certain enterprises from his farm and why he dropped others.
- Too many things going on at once pull focus from the task at hand.
- Why he dropped layers. The economics were terrible.
- 2015 Income – $9429.14
- CAGS, Feed – $5400.00
- Labor – $2500.00
- Plus shavings, repairs, housing upgrades.
- Dropped to focus on the more profitable parts of the farm.
- For layers, the unproductive parts of the year destroys the economics.
- Compares broilers versus egg layers and broilers are A LOT more profitable.
- Breaks down his broiler business.
- Sells for 4lbs at $24. Has about $14 including labor into each bird.
- “Instead of working on the farm, I am working on growing the farm.
- John’s website: Farm Marketing Solutions
- John’s podcast: Growing Farms Podcast
- John’s killer YouTube Channel
- John’s Chicken Tractor Plans
A Tour of John’s Chicken Tractors
John’s 2016 Chicken CSA Plan
John’s Pastured Broiler Yearly Budget for 2015
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