Mid north grower, Andrew Whitehorn of Koolunga notes the changes that have transformed his farming operation over the years. From technology to land acquisition and the selling of their product, agriculture is now a vastly different proposition to what it was in decades past.
In a bid to increase his farm income, Andrew Whitehorn has purchased four sheds from Grant Sheds, including hay sheds.
Hay Processors Pay Him To Store Quality Hay!
The sheds maintain the quality of his hay bales and offer a financial return, with hay processors paying him to store quality hay that they can access throughout the year.
“As soon as you put it in a shed, you receive a one-off, upfront bonus. And then, from the month of February, you get paid about an amount per tonne, for the months you hold onto it. On a big shed, it would certainly start to return money on your investment. It can be a good return,” Andrew explains.
He has calculated that the storage payments and higher sale value of the hay means that one shed gives him a 15% annual return* on his investment in the shed.
On-farm hay storage also saves valuable time when there’s a slow turnaround at the processing facility.
“At hay time, everybody’s trying to deliver to the plant, so the turnaround time for trucks is slow, and the plant can’t take all the hay that they’re going to process in 12 months.”
If you’re going to grow export hay, you must have storage yourself for a fair percentage of your hay.
As for why Andrew keeps coming back to Grant Sheds, Andrew says it’s a combination of “exceptional” service and a top quality product.
“Grant Sheds is a company that’s been around a long time where a lot of other companies come and go. You know the quality that’s going to come and that it’s not cheaper materials used. You get onto a good thing and you stick with it.”
*Disclaimer: Please seek advice from your own independent professional advisers since any calculation of investment return is based on individual circumstances.
Photo: Andrew Whitehorn of Koolunga in the state’s mid North invested in several Grant Sheds hay sheds to increase his financial returns. Hay processors pay him to store quality hay undercover so it can be accessed throughout the year as the processor needs it. This one is 12m x 36m x 5.4m, has 400 large square & round bales in it and is open on both ends so he can store and easily access different varieties.