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    Sold cup at auction yesterday, 20.10 baht per kg.

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    Sold cup at auction Thursday, 19.75 baht per kg.
    Back to a 55/45 split.
    Two more sales, then our season is over.

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    Sold cup at auction yesterday, 20.85 baht per kg.
    Back to a 60/40 split.

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    What happened to Collister? Used to be a regular on this thread......

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    I was wondering that. If I recall he and family went back to Aus.
    This is one of my favourite threads.
    Enjoyed his, Guzzis et all posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    What happened to Collister? Used to be a regular on this thread......
    Jim is still about in the jungles of Isaan, he will pop up again I am sure.

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    Sold cup at auction yesterday, 20.93 baht per kg.
    Last sale of the season, open the trees again early - mid April.

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    As long as they keep finding better ways to process used tires which is happening all the time the price for raw latex/rubber is unlikely to improve
    I remember reading a few years ago about a new way of processing used tires with microwaves that brought the return up from $1 to $3 per tire, at that time they were still developing the machines, they have them for sale now

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    I agree with your assessment of farming in Thailand. I've seen a lot of Ferangs spend huge sums of money on farming; with little or no profit. It's not only Thailand. There is little money to be made in farming almost anywhere in the entire world. I grew up on a large Canadian Farm c/w 130 milk cows, 250 dry cows, 500 beef, 70,000 laying chickens, 500 sheep, 1200 hogs & a 30,000 litre/day Dairy Plant. We turned over a lot of money; but none of the 4 partners ever got rich. It was more that we ate well & paid our debts. Eventually it all went broke after the 2nd generation took over. I never was a fan of farming. Too hard of work.

    A friend has expended near $1 Million USD, in various farm enterprises in Issan. None were very successful. Like you say; had my friend invested his Oil Refinery Income in solid International Stocks & Bonds over 25 years; he would be sitting pretty right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdnski12 View Post
    I agree with your assessment of farming in Thailand. I've seen a lot of Ferangs spend huge sums of money on farming; with little or no profit. It's not only Thailand. There is little money to be made in farming almost anywhere in the entire world. I grew up on a large Canadian Farm c/w 130 milk cows, 250 dry cows, 500 beef, 70,000 laying chickens, 500 sheep, 1200 hogs & a 30,000 litre/day Dairy Plant. We turned over a lot of money; but none of the 4 partners ever got rich. It was more that we ate well & paid our debts. Eventually it all went broke after the 2nd generation took over. I never was a fan of farming. Too hard of work.

    A friend has expended near $1 Million USD, in various farm enterprises in Issan. None were very successful. Like you say; had my friend invested his Oil Refinery Income in solid International Stocks & Bonds over 25 years; he would be sitting pretty right now.
    Same in western Australia, the wheat and sheep farms in the 1950's were between 1000 to 3000 acres, as they became uneconomical to operate they were bought up by people who wanted to make their farms bigger and profit making
    A lot of farms are now 15000 acres or bigger with fewer employees and larger machinery to operate them, a lot of small wheat belt towns are now battling to exist because there is no population to use their goods and services
    I remember many years ago one of these towns called Bruce Rock offering free blocks of land to encourage people to go and live there so their would be enough local residents so businesses there could survive

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