What are farm neighbours?
Farm neighbours are owners of neighbouring domestic households and business premises to your poultry farm.
Why is managing your farm neighbour relationships important?
Your farm’s neighbours are silent stakeholders of your business.
Whilst their involvement in your business may not be visible their favour can at times be critical.
Your farm, no matter how discrete, will certainly impact those that live and work around it.
It is your job to ensure that the impact is minimal and reasonable.
Poultry farms are notorious for producing various forms of pollution including:
Also, building structures when erected might disturb the line of sight of neighbours.
(Disrupting their enjoyment of their own property.)
Traffic also to and from your premises on a weekly basis, for example, might prove an interruption to neighbours, depending on your location.
If your poultry farm operation is to succeed and be spared complaints from the nearby community members,
Then you will need to be both careful and considerate in your communication and handling of neighbours.
Make yourself known to your neighbours from day one.
Don’t leave it till later.
They’ll always remember you did this and it will be counted to your honour ongoing.
You don’t need gifts nor do you need to make yourself overly busy – just polite.
Formally introduce your business and its ambitions.
Ask questions related to their expectations given your ambitions for your business.
Allow them to get it all off their chest early on
That way you avoid building pressures later which may blow and also you stamp out whispering.
Promote a transparent and approachable manner – but still allow for discretion.
At select times, when convenient, offer to stage open days with an invitation to all around to visit your premises.
Be indiscriminate – stakeholders, families, unemployed, homeless – whoever.
Get them to come and sample your produce talk with one another and enjoy your rewards with them.