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bodger



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:15 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

We've thoroughly enjoyed the day, met some nice people  who were interested in what we were doing and we also managed to claw back a bit of cash to boot.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its been a lovely day here today, but compared with yesterday, we've hardly seen a soul.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, I thought with the weather and it being a Sunday that you might have been busier too.
Sod's law sometimes getting MOP's through the gate.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never fear - there's always another day. Maybe tomorrow will be
I presume MOP = members of public - and they are always unpredictable.  
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We took  130's today but more than three times that amount yesterday.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The second of our cider weekends starts at ten this morning We're very much at the mercy of the weather and how busy we'll be over the next three days depends on what it chucks at us.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've had a really good day today on the first day of a four day licence, we've sold loads of cider from the gate. The only down side is that we've sold out of burgers and that the sausages wont last much longer. Selling out isn't a bad thing of course but the real downer is that we don't have any pigs to send in to replace them for months and months. We're victims of our own success.
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Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can hugesy not supply you some? I know you want yo sell your own but if you can help out another business and keep up your gate sales then so much the better.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem is that both Graham and I are small producers and the only way that we have a chance of making things pay, is to be able to sell to the end user and to cut the middleman out.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or become the middleman  
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

or plan ahead better!
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Pilsbury



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
The problem is that both Graham and I are small producers and the only way that we have a chance of making things pay, is to be able to sell to the end user and to cut the middleman out.

yep,  but as it stands your not going to make any money of them when your sausages and burgers run out cos you wont be selling them.
If you continue to sell hughesy's alongside your cider until your next stock comes in you will continue to offer the combination that seems to work so well.
It's counter intuitive maybe but if you don't hsve burgers and sausages on offer the people who come to buy them and pick up a bottle or 2 of cider won't come..
sometimes providing the continuous service is worth break even on one part of it.
Just  a suggestion though and hope you continue to sell out often.
Next time charge 50p a pack more lol.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First of all, its far better to have empty freezers throughout the winter than full ones. Ours is very much a summer based enterprise, based on visiting holiday makers. Out of season the area is extremely quiet.

Gareth. Thanks for your usual friendly words of advice. This has been our first foray into selling our Gloucester Old Spot sausages and burgers, a complete step into the unknown. Just over three weeks ago, we had a thousand packs in our freezers and believed that we had sufficient stocks in place for the summer. As you know, only a true genius is able to account for the unaccountable. After our first season, we'll obviously have a much better idea of the likely demand for next year.

Having said that, ours is only an enjoyable, possibly profitable hobby and we're unlikely to fill our place with pigs, when the window for selling our produce is so small. Keeping livestock is very much a 365 day a year commitment and right now, we have our pig numbers at a manageable level.
You can obviously plan to have stock ready to cater for busy periods but animals aren't machines. They do get sick and they do fail to get in pig etc, etc.
As for selling someone else's produce? I'm sure that Graham and I feel exactly the same way, when I say that its quite simply not what we're about.
Tomorrow, I could quite easily travel to Chelford market and buy one of the huge cull sows that are sold there and drop it off at the abattoir on the way home. But it wouldn't be my pig. I wouldn't know how it had been fed or treated , whether it had been kept at free range or in a hell hole and worse still, I'd be conning my customers.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first sale of the morning! two gallons of medium dry to a couple of holiday makers on their way home. Sent on their way with some complimentary duck eggs.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absoltly agree about the empty freezers over winter and if you made a profit then the job is done.
I always say if we sell out of jerky at shows thsn we hsve taken as much money as we could of and are happy,  not worry about the money we could of taken.
I understand about getting a cull sow not being yours or possible raised to your standards which is why I suggested hughesy.
If your happy with what you have achieved and made then raise a glass and know next year you can double the number of pigs and enjoy.

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