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    Raising Farm Animals for Profit

    Hello,


    We have about 8 rai in Chaiyaphum and would like to raise some animals to make a little money. With which one is more profitable ? Cow, porc, lamb, duck, chicken... ?

    Thanks guys !

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    Me think goats

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredobkk View Post
    Hello,


    We have about 8 rai in Chaiyaphum and would like to raise some animals to make a little money. With which one is more profitable ? Cow, porc, lamb, duck, chicken... ?

    Thanks guys !
    Check whose toes you will be stepping on first. "Accidents" can happen to people who set up competing businesses in the wrong place.

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    Huskies seem very popular around where I live. No joke.

    How about rats. Nobody farms them but they're very much in demand. If I was going to farm anything then that would be it. My wife tried chickens and ducks, small scale, but it wasn't worth the hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    "Accidents" can happen to people who set up competing businesses in the wrong place.
    In Thailand? You're joking aint ya?

    One fucker starts selling mangoes on the side of the road, all of a sudden the whole stretch of highway is full of mangoes

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    If you intend on keeping the animal/s on the (improved piece of) property (you have a little more than 3 acres) you might have (a lot of variables) enough area (for grazing) for one (adult) cow.

    I would not think ranching would be your best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    "Accidents" can happen to people who set up competing businesses in the wrong place.
    In Thailand? You're joking aint ya?
    Not really. I used to drink with someone years back who lost his BIL for reasons of encroaching on someones pig farming business.

    YMMV.

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    Fred, look around, do you see any Thais with 8 rai making money and they do all the labor themselves.

    All the things you mention are just food for a families survival, no money in it.

    Feeding pigs, ducks, chickens cost, grazing grass for cows is not the norm here.

    Doing any thing that will make a profit will be a big investment money wise, be it fish, chickens etc.

    As a hobby fine, but it will be a money loser over all.

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    Frog farming!

    There's a thread on it here somewhere...

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    Humm ... highly general question.

    Fred, how are you going with the food grade for your Aquaponic setup ... http://teakdoor.com/farming-and-gard...-ibc-tank.html (Aquaponic : food grade ibc tank ?)

    44 posts ... 22 OP's

    Humm ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fredobkk View Post
    Hello,


    We have about 8 rai in Chaiyaphum and would like to raise some animals to make a little money. With which one is more profitable ? Cow, porc, lamb, duck, chicken... ?

    Thanks guys !
    Check whose toes you will be stepping on first. "Accidents" can happen to people who set up competing businesses in the wrong place.
    Indeed.
    As this is been known to happen.



    If you're in with the right type of people within your surrounding area, might want to consider a cooperative sort of business - mostly for a supplemental profit.

    The caveat being that working with [even knowledgeable] Thais is chancy as their usual display of rationale regarding business is a crapshoot - greatly depending on the individuals that you're dealing with.

    Agriculture, horticulture, and stock farming - as extended social cooperatives - are a viable option.

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    Had a look at the geography of the Chaiyaphum Provence.

    Nothing in the way of easy water ... so fish are out of the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD
    Nothing in the way of easy water ... so fish are out of the question.
    Catfish can survive in basically nothing, water wise, and have to be the the most popular consumed fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Fred, look around, do you see any Thais with 8 rai making money and they do all the labor themselves.

    All the things you mention are just food for a families survival, no money in it.

    Feeding pigs, ducks, chickens cost, grazing grass for cows is not the norm here.

    Doing any thing that will make a profit will be a big investment money wise, be it fish, chickens etc.

    As a hobby fine, but it will be a money loser over all.
    Thanks James, of course i have others income to live, it's just trying to find the way to use as best as possible the land we have and make a little bit pocket money but you are probably right

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredobkk
    Thanks James, of course i have others income to live, it's just trying to find the way to use as best as possible the land we have and make a little bit pocket money but you are probably right
    There are thing you can do, if you put in your labor, but you will get a Thai return.
    Mushrooms are as easy as you will get, I've tried, ducks fish, cassava and veggies, after costs, you lose or earn about 50 Baht a day for your labor.

    Theft is a big problem, if you are not there, even for a night and sometimes when you are there, ducks, fish walk away.

    My latest is charcoal making, have free wood from our rubber plantations, good day, can earn 300 Baht for my labor.

    Question, is it worth the effort, for me it's just something to fill in the days when things are slow, which is most of the time.

    Think outside the square, there are opportunities, just have to see them, we have a alleged farang milk shake stand out front of the house, with this very hot weather and school holidays, it's turning over 1,000 Baht a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister
    Mushrooms are as easy as you will get
    That was big around where I live a few years back and then died a death once the price hit rock bottom due to over production. The same applies to most commodities. When one tries something new the sheep will surely follow. The only thing that makes money is 'money lending' IMO. Always someone wanting quick money. Only problem being is you have to know what you're doing.

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    Crickets , in our village there is one person that is producing and selling crickets.
    You can't go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Crickets , in our village there is one person that is producing and selling crickets.
    You can't go wrong.
    Bats ? Natural progression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    <snip>
    My latest is charcoal making, have free wood from our rubber plantations, good day, can earn 300 Baht for my labor.

    Question, is it worth the effort, for me it's just something to fill in the days when things are slow, which is most of the time.

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    Jim, if you didn't get free wood from your plantation and had to buy it in, would you still turn a profit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi
    Crickets , in our village there is one person that is producing and selling crickets. You can't go wrong.
    Same reply as #7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    <snip>
    My latest is charcoal making, have free wood from our rubber plantations, good day, can earn 300 Baht for my labor.

    Question, is it worth the effort, for me it's just something to fill in the days when things are slow, which is most of the time.

    <snip>

    Jim, if you didn't get free wood from your plantation and had to buy it in, would you still turn a profit?
    Probably not. Break even if that.

    As everyone makes charcoal, suturing the market and profit.

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    Wood pigs.
    Guy on this forum used to breed them...Made a fortune then retired to Blighty!

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    People round here keep wild pigs but only for personal consumption. Farm reared pig is too easily available.

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    Fredobkk around where I live there are quite a few pedigree cow milk farms. 8 Rai is a good size plot to start one on. That is providing you have a milk collection depot in your area. Bi-product of milk farming is the selling the calf's. All done by artificial insemination, no bulls. These cows never see pasture and are continually kept in barns/pens. I think profitable. Easy for me to find out facts and figures, if you want, as I know someone who does this.






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