I recently got a call from a part-time farmer who has bought 16 acres next to his farm. The farmer’s home block consists of 33 acres, and he currently contract-rears 40 dairy in-calf heifers on this block. He also has 23 acres in outfarms used on the shoulders of the year. The heifers are kept on the land from the first week of March to the last week of October. He is happy with contract rearing and says it suits his part-time farming system.

The land he bought is in one block, with no internal fences, and there is one open drain through the middle of the block. Some of the ground is peaty and low-lying, while some of it would be considered dry. Part of the land contains a hill with a steep gradient.