Ways to make more money off your farm today

REAR LIVESTOCK: Cows, bulls, bullocks, heifers, horses, pigs, goats, chickens. It only takes two animals to make three and you can double your money in 12 months.
REAR LIVESTOCK: Cows, bulls, bullocks, heifers, horses, pigs, goats, chickens. It only takes two animals to make three and you can double your money in 12 months.

Rear livestock and animals. It only takes two animals to make three and you can double your money in 12 months, if you have the financial capacity to begin a livestock breeding business.

Plant duel crops. Plant two crops or more side by side, saving you space. A suggestion would be planting fruit trees that are spaced five metres apart and between them, plant crops such as beans and cucumbers.

Create an environment that will sustain more than one variety of vegetable. Planting crops that grow well together enables you to generate higher profits using the same amount of space and water.

Consider opening a farm bed and breakfast. This is one of the most popular ways to earn more money from your farm. People who are raised in the city or suburbs love to experience farm life and discover the country. Offering simple sleeping rooms like a hostel could bring in extra cash. Websites such as Air bnb make it easy to rent out your spare rooms to guests. 

Choose to raise a specific animal or breed of animal to sell for profit.

You could be a public speaker and provide farm demonstrations. Give talks about farming life or farming activities. Schools and community centres love public speakers and will pay. Topics such as: bee keeping, growing vegetables or flowers, natural pest control, homemade ice cream, jam making or animal rearing would be interesting. Hold these at your farm or you could travel to their venue. 

Rent out your land. Inquire about getting a wind turbine. Solar panels is another possibility for your land, which are connected to the national grid. Receive free electricity and the electricity company could pay you for the electricity you create.

Sell your seeds. If you grow any unique or different types of flowers, fruits, or vegetables, consider selling the seeds. Take a photo when the plant is looking it’s best, as it will sell much easier. Advertise on Gumtree. 

Open your farm to the public. Charged upon entry, farmers can make more money through agro tourism than from farming the land itself. Most visitors will come on weekends and during school holidays, but schools love taking children on field trips to local farms too. Serve refreshments. Sell feed pellets so children can feed the animals.

Start a petting zoo. Construct a maze or offer classes and workshops on animals and farming life.\

As featured in Rural Life magazine