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During the initial years there would not be a share payment as crops have to be grown, fruit trees have to mature, and livestock has to be bred and given the time to grow.

Rare breeds are another interesting venture being considered, maintaining and preserving stocks some traditional breeds going. The sheep breeding enterprise will involve cross-breeding the Hebridean with the local South Down ram, taking them to the Hoggets stage. The Hebridean is a very lean bred, while the meat from the South Down lost popularity due to its high fat content. To combine these two breeds would create an excellent product.

Herbal crops are another option being considered, and a amount of land could be utilized for timber production, including sweet chestnut and hard woods, as part of a long-term investment.

The idea will be to offer members goods in the form of a dividend, if we had a case to pay out say 200 a member, members could have the goods from the farm for example one could receive half a pig , a lamb or an eighth of a bullock for their freezers or a cash payout, we will need to sell some of the products to pay the wages.