The farmer career is an active career that requires you to live and work on a farm. You can build your own farm and buy and sell animals and produce using the computer or farmers' market, which is on Wednesdays and Sundays in the town centre or park. The farmers' market sells all sorts of produce, from new livestock which the sim can buy and transfer to their farm, to milk and wool which anyone can buy.
Farmers must attend to their livestock everyday and ensure they are all well fed and happy. This can be done through 'checking' on individual animals or an entire herd. This will highlight any issues an animal has, so the farmer can sort it. A farmer must manage their farm efficiently and effectively to make it profitable. They can take a horse out and ride around the fields to check on livestock not on the farm lot, and take a dog for efficient herding.
A farm vet career is a sub-option of the vet career and they can be called out at any time of the day or night to help on a farm, whether it is delivering a new calf or lamb, to treating sick or elderly livestock. Farm diseases can spread quickly, so it is important to treat infected animals with speed and accuracy.
A farmer also has the option of growing crops in fields not on the farm lot. This requires a tractor or a horse for ploughing the fields. They must plough, plant and harvest fields with a variety of crops to choose from. These can then be eaten or sold at the farmers' market.
At a high level of the riding skill, farmers can teach others how to ride a horse. This creates the idea of a riding school, where sims run a farm for horses and have other sims pay them to teach them to ride. Ads can be sent out using the computer for a riding school and bookings received for unplayed sims to come to the riding school.
Sometimes, a school trip may come to the farm, and a farmer must teach the children about the animals and how the farm works.
Farmers have a range of livestock available to them. These livestock are not playable and do not appear as part of the household, so an unlimited number can be owned. Sims can name each one of their livestock if they so wish, and tag them with a personalised ear tag in case a thief attempts to steal them. Livestock comes in different colours depending on the animals, so they are all individual. The livestock would be genetically similar to the parents, so farmers can strategically breed desirable characteristics and create new breeds. It must be remembered that livestock don't live forever, and can die from old age, disease or for the meat. In these circumstances, they are removed from the care of a sim in the same way a sim death would appear. Livestock includes:
Occasionally, youngstock that a farmer has bred get abandoned by their mothers, meaning the sim must take them into their house to care for them individually, bottle feeding and keeping them warm. It is rare, but in this event, a lamb or calf may take a particular liking to a sim and has the option to become part of the household as a pet.
Farm lots are bigger lots and off site fields are available to the farmer where they keep livestock. Each farm site and fields must be purchased, much like the restaurants and shops. Farmers can buy as many fields as they would like to expand their farm, but must remember that they must attend all of them.
Farm lots can have pigsties, chicken coops, barns, cow sheds, milking sheds and stables built on them. Kennels are also available for farm dogs.
A riding arena is another thing that can be built for a particularly horse mad family, possibly paving the way to a riding school rather than a farm.
Farmers can buy tractors to help in the fields. These are expensive, but are more efficient than horses. Alternatively, they can buy a manual plough for a draught horse which is cheap, but less efficient.
Farmers can buy a milking stool for manual milking, or an automatic milker.
Farmers can learn new skills on the farm:
Sounds really cute! I'd like that too. Grant Rodiek (SimGuruGrant) actually tweeted about a possible farming expansion pack earlier today. So hopefully we'll get this awesome idea implemented!!
He what ?! gotta go, apparently I have some googling to do ! 😍
I like your ideas a lot! I love the idea of new farm animals because it hasn't been done yet. You can branch out even more with horses and go the Sims 3 route and have them learn tricks/jumps (like the dogs/cats have in Sims 4). Best in show or a contest type for dogs/cats/pigs :D and also a harvest fest with biggest crop competitions too would be cool (going back to Sims 1 for ribbons) and using the new Seasons expansion for fall festivities and crops. Using milk from goats/cows for recipes, even going further and using wool for clothing (possibly cotton that was harvested) and have that be a skill/hobby as well. Good ideas!
i was just wondering if im the only one who wants an expansion pack were you can be a farmer?
You would build your own farm and have horses, cows, pigs and so on. Wouldnt that be awesome?
Very well thought out idea, actually very similar to what I hope they are planning (farm life or riding school) however with that level of detail it would be less of an expansion pack and more like an entirely separate game, I really hope they produce something similar and unveil horses soon though
@CharlieBurgar, you have certainly given this a lot of thought! I love all these ideas! I don't know if all of them would work as an Expansion pack, but some of them surely would! (Like @princessleia1999 mentioned, these might work better as a separate game that is a spin-off to the Sims4) And I especially love how you included llamas in your farm idea!!! (I'm crocheting a shawl in real life right now that has alpaca wool in it … I'm pretending that it is llama wool since llamas and alpacas are related! ) Which reminds me that I also wish our Sims could knit/crochet !
@xx8lobo8xx, @CharlieBurgar, & @princessleia1999 , I used to think I was one of the few people who would want a Sims farm, but I'm hearing of more and more people everyday that love this idea! And those of us who had TS3 really miss the horses! I still hope EA makes a Horses GP or EP, and then make the horses integrated into the farm EP!
And another great idea about having a farm pack is that no other version of the Sims has had one, so it would really stand out! But I still think they would make a University EP before a farm EP since that is one of the popular packs we haven't gotten yet that we had for TS2 and TS3!