There should be no reason to, but if you are tempted to start a new save slot half-way through, don’t. You must spend 10 hours playing the game and that must be done in one save slot. Even without the cruise control exploit, completing every other achievement in under 10 hours is entirely possible so feel free to take your time and enjoy the game - you will likely end up having to idle some of the time anyway.
The easiest way to use this guide is to treat each section as independent. Complete the farmer jobs, then the animal breeding tasks, then mop up the miscellaneous tasks before collecting the gold nuggets. Everything will be done on a single save, with the exception of one of the miscellaneous achievements which will be done on Hard difficulty.
Having said that, you might want to jump ahead to the Gold Nuggets 1-10 page right away. Once you collect the first 10 the remaining ninety will be marked on the map. This means that you can collect some of them whilst you go about your other tasks if you pass nearby them.
To give yourself a boost for the rest of the game, you are going to use a Mod to get cashed up quickly. Mods have been put into the game by the devs and there is nothing untoward about using them.
From the Main Menu, select “Mods”, which can take a moment to load up. Click on “Other” where you can find and select the “Money Tool”. Install this mod. While you are here, back out once and click on “Object” where you can find and install the “Pig Food Silo” which you will use for animal breeding.
Once they download, exit back to the Main Menu and start a new Career game on EASY. Stick with Goldcrest Valley. Any farmer is fine. Make sure both mods are ticked and start the game.
Once in the game, decline the tour. Simply press -Ctrl-, -Alt- and -9- all together to deposit $1,000,000 into your account! You can repeat this over and over so you have unlimited funds. Your first million unlocks:
Now that you are cashed up, press -Esc- to enter the game menu. Use the arrows in the top corners to find the “Finances” tab. Now click on “Repay $5,000” to replay some of your loan. Select this 10 times to repay your entire loan amount of $50,000, unlocking:
There are nineteen farmers in the game, each owning one or more fields. If you press -Esc-you can find the “Map Overview” tab with the location of the fields, which are numbered. Notice that most of the field numbers are coloured white while fields 12, 14 and 15 are coloured light green. The green colour means that you own those fields.
If you have purchased a field owned by those farmers who only have one, then start a new game. You need to do a job for each farmer once – obviously if there is a farmer without a field, you cannot help them. Double check that at least one field for each farmer has white numbering. If you have just started a fresh, new save, you can obviously ignore this warning.
Richard Write: 1 and 6
Victor Robinson: 2
Peter Wood: 3 and 4
Simon Collins: 5
George Watson: 7
Able Nelson: 8
Joshua Allen: 9 and 13
Gary Turner: 10
Dennis Jenkins: 11
Erick Roberts: 16
Natalie Johnson: 17 and 21
Maria King: 18
Alex Young: 19
Daria White: 20
James Harris: 22, 23 and 24
Edward Gomez: 25, 27 and 28
Robert Cook: 26
Steven Bell: 29
Mary Evans: 30, 31
The farmer will supply the equipment you need so there is no need to bring your own. You can manipulate the equipment to a degree which will be described below.
The required job for each field will change, depending on how much time has passed in the game. Generally, they will be harvesting and fertilizing jobs, but you may get a sowing job or two. For this reason, there is no step-by-step guide for each farmer and field. Instead, the information will be general so it can be applied to whichever job you get.
You can possibly use this to your advantage. If you check a field and the time to complete the mission is very long, consider waiting a while. The task that needs to be completed will change (you can usually see the field change somehow) but be warned – there is no guarantee that the next task will be any shorter!
You can tackle them in any order. Remember that you only need to do one job per farmer, rather than per field. There should be no need to do multiple jobs for the same farmer.
A suggested path is to start in the north-west and circle around the map clockwise (roughly). Get into the white ute nearby, the Lizard Pickup Rodeo, either by walking near it and pressing -E- or pressing -Shift Tab-.
Use the map to navigate up to Field #6. At top speed this vehicle can be difficult to control – be cautious going around corners! It is possible to flip onto the roof, in which case it's easier to just go to the store and buy another, rather than try to flip it back over with another vehicle.
Go to the top-left of Field #6 where you will find a blue icon with a steering wheel and field icon – this also appears on the map as a blue dot. Exit the vehicle with -E- then approach the icon and press -R- to “Purchase or farm field”. If you park too close to the edge of the field, you won’t be able to start the job. As a rule, don’t park on the cleared dirt area around the field.
Make sure you don’t click “Buy” in this menu and accidentally purchase the field!
You can see the farmer on the left of the screen. At Field #6 it is Richard Wright. Take note of the bar below his picture. At this stage it is empty because you haven’t done a job for him yet. As you complete jobs, this bar will slowly fill up green. If you lose track and can’t remember which farmers you have helped, use this bar to check each one.
Also take note of the “Time for this mission: ##” number in the centre of the screen. You can often manipulate the equipment the farmer supplies by exiting from this menu with -R- and returning. The equipment shown at the bottom and the time limit may change. This will be more noticeable on the larger fields but even then you may get the same equipment/time several times in a row. Try to find the shortest time, which correlates with the best equipment. If the farmer owns multiple fields, you can check their other fields and pick the shortest time.
Depending on the jobs you complete, you may unlock a few achievements here linked to working the fields. As they are random, they will be discussed later but expect to pick up at least one bonus achievement here.
The actions you need to complete most types of jobs are listed here. Because there is a variety of different equipment combinations, remember there may be slight differences. The available controls are shown in the top-left of screen so you can check them there.
FERTILIZING AND SOWING:
- Drive the tractor so the front aligns with the weight or fluid tank on the ground – it will be the smaller of the two objects. When you are in position, you will see an option to “Attach” with -Q- in the controls shown in the top left.
- Now drive so the rear of the tractor aligns with the larger machine, which will be a sprayer, tanker or sowing machine. Once again, when you are in position, press -Q- to “Attach”.
- Look at the icons in the bottom-right, showing your tractor and the attached equipment. Make sure the rear machine is highlighted. If not, press -G- until it is.
- Depending on the machine, you may need to press -X- to unfold, -V- to lower and/or -B- to turn it on. Some controls will not appear until the preceding one is complete (it must unfold fully before you can turn it on, for example). If done correctly you will see the machine working.
- Align and attach to the header -Q- to the front.
- Press -G- to control the header – check the icons in the bottom-right.
- Press -X- to unfold the header and -V- to lower the header.
- Some harvesters also have a rear machine, in which case swap to it with -G- and then choose the other options, which will be similar (open, turn on etc…).
- Press -G- to control the harvester.
- Press -X- to unfold the harvester and then -B- to turn it on.
Now drive around the field, completing the assigned job. Generally, you don’t need to cover 100% of the field. You can miss bits and still hit the target but try to align each pass so you aren’t missing anything. Go up and down the field, trying not to leave any gaps. Don’t stop and go back if it's just a small patch you’ve missed.
Fertilized soil is shown by a darker soil colour. Most are easy to spot but a few fields may have vegetation that obscures the ground and can make it difficult. When sowing, the machine changes the appearance of the soil. Harvesting is the easiest as the crop will be obviously cut down.
Be careful when turning around at the ends of the fields. You can get timed out if you drive too far away from the edge (a countdown appears on-screen and you have 10 seconds to get back). On most fields it is easier to make 90 degree turns and drive around in circles rather than back and forth, especially if you are using the cruise control exploit.
The available time is displayed in the top-right of the screen, along with a pie-graph showing your progress – once this fills green, the job is complete. The information about fuel and loads in the bottom-right can be ignored. You will never run out or need to fill up a machine.
For completing your first job for Richard Wright, you will unlock:
Now head over to Field #2, owned by Victor Robinson. This should be another quick job.
Make your way over to Field #3. This farmer is Peter Wood. If it’s fertilizing, this may be slightly more difficult to see as the plants make the darker soil a little harder to see. Peter also owns Field #4 so you can check that if you want a different job.
Head south from here to Field #7, which is the only field owned by George Watson.
A little to the east is Able Nelson at Field #8.
Next is Field #5. Talk to Simon Collins for a job on this larger field. Be careful at the ends of this field. It’s easy to get snagged on the rocks and trees.
Just to the south is Field #9. The farmer is Joshua Allen. Alternatively, he owns the larger Field #13 to the south.
Take the road further south to get to Field #16 to complete a job for Erick Roberts.
Drive south-west to Field #19, owned by Alex Young.
Further south is Field #24. James Harris also owns Fields #22 and #23.
Go east along the main road here to reach Field #20. Daria White has a large field. Remember to keep checking for the shortest time/best machinery before you start.
Drive back down the main road and find Field #26 to the south, owned by Robert Cook.
Cross the bridge to the south over to Field #29 and complete a job for Steven Bell. This is another annoying field if it’s fertilizing as the soil is obscured.
To the east, Mary Evans owns Field #30 and, beyond it, Field #31.
Head over to the west where you will find Edward Gomez. Field #28 is probably fastest but you can check Fields #25 and #27 as well.
From here, head west and north up to Field #21. This will be Natalie Johnson who also owns Field #17 up to the north.
Make your way back to the east, over to Field #18, owned by Maria King.
Field #11 is a little further north, owned by Dennis Jenkins.
Finally, drive either way around the water back to the west to get to Field #10, owned by Gary Turner.
That should be one job for each farmer which unlocks:
Next you need to breed some animals, specifically cows, sheep and pigs. Pigs are relatively easy but cows and sheep require some setup so that will be the next step.
First thing is to sell all your vehicles, except perhaps the white ute/pickup. This will make things easier later, when you will be switching between vehicles regularly. To do this, press -P- to enter the store and click on your garage at the bottom of the screen.
Everything you own is listed. Sell all the vehicles and machinery (no need to sell the sheds and you can leave the money boxes running).
Now you need to farm lots of grass. Fortunately, the cruise control exploit will speed things up once again. Since money is no object, you can also purchase good machinery to speed this up. If you find you are running out of cash, adjust the game speed up to 120x to increase income from the money boxes, but if you left them running when you did all the farmers jobs you probably have more than enough.
In the store, the equipment is more powerful or larger (and more expensive) as you scroll to the right. Some of the most powerful tractors have tracks or twist in the middle, making them difficult to control (in my opinion). I recommend “standard” tractors, particularly the Valtra S Series, but feel free to test out some of the other more expensive ones if you want.
In the shop (-P-), purchase:
Tractors > Valtra S Series ($289,000, no need for upgrades)
Sowing Machines > Amazone Condor 15001 ($224,000)
Pallets > 5 x Lizard Seed BigBag ($900)
Exit out of the store and press -Tab-. As you have sold all your other equipment, you should jump straight to your new tractor. Attach the sowing machine to the back. This will be referred to as the Sowing Tractor.
Making sure the sowing machine is selected, press -Y- to “Select Seed”. You want grass, which looks like this:
Now drive so the sowing machine is alongside one of the pallets. When you are close enough, a control option will appear to press -R- to “Refill sower”. The bar next to the grass image in the bottom-right will fill to 1000/20%. Repeat the process with the other pallets until you have 5000/100%. Occasionally one of the pallets will only fill to 999 for some reason – if this happens just purchase one more pallet so you can reach 5000/100%.
Drive down to Field #28. You can use any other field but this one is close to the cow paddock and the store, making equipment transit easier. This time when you arrive at the field marker, interact with the blue icon and purchase the field.
Drive your tractor up to the corner of the field. Once aligned with the edge, press -X- to unfold the sower, then -V- to lower the sower and finally -B- to turn it on.
Now you can hire a worker with -H-. The worker will take over and sow the field. As mentioned on the Hints and Tips page, workers can sometimes be finicky so make sure this worker is on his way before proceeding. You want the whole field to be sown without any gaps, so this is one job you don't want to do yourself with the cruise control exploit. There is some other preparation work to be done so the relatively slow worker isn't an issue in this case.
Double check in the game settings that all the “Helper Refill” options are set to “Buy”. This means that the worker will automatically restock the seed in the sowing machine so you won’t have to worry about it. While you are there, make sure “Plant growth” is Fast and “Plant withering” is Off.
Mowing and collecting the grass:
To speed things up, you’re going to make the most of all that easy cash you have been earning and purchase a large amount of equipment. You will need to mow the grass once it has grown and collect it in a loading wagon for transport.
The easiest setup is a tractor with a small mower on the front and a loading wagon on the back.
You are going to purchase and use up to 18 of the following combinations, although 10-12 should be more than sufficient to get started. Read the whole process and decide how many you want.
From the store, purchase:
Tractors > Valtra S Series x 1
Mowers > Lely Splendimo 320 FC x 1
Loading Wagons > Strautmann Tera-Vitesse CFS 5201 DO
Attach the mower to the front and the loading wagon to the back. Drive it down near Field #28. Do not leave this or any other equipment too close to the edge of the field as that can interrupt the hired worker.
If you changed it for any reason, adjust the game speed to 120X so the grass will grow faster. The field will change colour once but wait a little longer until it changes a second time. If you are watching closely you will see the grass appear. If you are not sure, just try to start mowing. If nothing happens you need to wait a little longer.
While you wait, keep setting up the remaining tractors.
It will take a total of 16 full wagons for the cows and an additional 2 for the sheep. They are not all used at once though and you can recycle wagons if you want. It’s up to you if you want to set up all 16 (which is the longer but more cautious method) before you start or as few as 10-12. If you choose the latter, once you have emptied a wagon into the trough just drive it back down to Field #28 and fill it up again.
You want to leave at least 1 empty loading wagon when you start to pick up spilled grass and maintain the paddock cleanliness - this will be explained below but you can just leave it on Field #27 near Field #28 for now.
There is a time factor once you purchase cows but you can take as long as you want until then. After purchasing the animals, you should be able to manage things at 120X game speed but at any time if you feel you are running out of grass or feeling rushed you can adjust the speed down, giving you more time to refill those wagons and manage things.
If you are happy to do all the mowing yourself, read on. If you want to try to use AI workers to do the mowing for you, read ahead.
I ended up with a setup looking like this:
You want the Sowing Tractor to be most of the way down the field before you start mowing - this will make sure the grass is fully grown at the top of the field and also that you won't get in its way. To start the mower, move it to the same corner of the field where you started the sowing tractor. With the loading wagon selected, then press -V- to lower the pickup and -B- to turn on forage pickup. Switch to the mower and press -X- to unfold, -V- to lower and, once the option appears, -B- to turn it on.
Now set out across the field, both mowing the grass and collecting it in the wagon. You can see the lines created where you have mown - these areas will need time to grow back again, so keep aiming for un-mown grass. As you go, make sure the loading wagon is filling with grass, as shown by the number under the fuel at the bottom-right.
You don't need to worry too much about mowing in lines - there is plenty of grass so loop around however you like. Try to be back towards the top left of the field as the loading wagon reaches 50,000l.
The Sowing Tractor will eventually finish - you can just leave it there. Once sown, the field will keep growing grass indefinitely so there won't be any need for more sowing.
Once it reaches 50,000l, fold the mower and drive up to the eastern side of the cow paddock.
You will see a trough here – it's the one that is set into the fence, not the concreted area. Reverse the loading wagon up over the trough and press -I- to unload. If you are too far away the option to unload won’t appear. For now, the trough will only take a small amount of grass so leave the mostly-full wagon there.
Repeat this process until all your Loading Wagons are full - line them up towards the trough in the cow paddock. Try to do this in a logical order. The order in which you swap vehicles with -Tab- is the order you purchase them. Lining them up in order will make it easier when you are cycling through them all.
Using AI workers with the mowers can me more trouble than it’s worth. They seemed to get very confused and stop working randomly when both a mower and a loading wagon are attached to their tractor. The way around it is to use a Lely Splendimo 900 MC ($49,000) mower. For some reason, this setup was much more stable (but not perfect).
The downside is that the worker will not mow in line with the loading wagon. To get around this, send off your first worker – they will mow two lines of grass per pass across the field, but won’t collect anything yet. Once this worker has finished, you’ll need to have another worker fill this wagon.
Wait a while so the first mowing tractor is a little way down the field. Set up your next tractor with the loading wagon in line with one of those darker lines of grass and hire a worker. This tractor will both mow the grass in between the first sets of lines and collect grass in the wagon.
It’s possible to have 2 or even 3 workers spaced out, mowing and collecting, but you need to keep an eye on them. Remember to fire the worker once the loading wagon is full and move it up to the cow paddock.
Because the mowing phase is problematic, I recommend at least 10-12 full wagons before you purchase the cows.
Before you get the cows, you need to set up a water tower. Head back to the store once again and purchase:
1 x Tractors > Valtra S Series ($289,000, no need for upgrades)
1 x Animals > Joskin Aquatrans 7300 S ($9,500)
Connect them up and drive to the western side of the cow paddock, opposite the feeding tough. You will see another trough at the edge of the paddock, towards the southern end. Park your vehicle so the water tanker is in the marked zone by the trough.
Now open the shop once more:
1 x Placeables > Lizard Water Tower $18,000
You want to place the tower in line with the trough, as close to the marked zone as possible, as shown in the image below. Use -Q- and -E- to rotate the tower and -LMB- when it is in position. It will be red if you are too close but as soon as it turns green you can place it. The placement is quite generous so as long as it is close it should work.
If you get the position right, you will be able to press -R- to fill the tanker with water and press -I- to unload and fill the trough. Doing it this way means you won’t have to move the tractor at all. It is possible to have the tanker refilling from the water tower and filling the trough at the same time. Fill up the trough now in preparation - you may need to tap -W- to shift the tractor a fraction to register that the water tower is now present.
Troughs will scale depending on how many animals are present. For now, you can’t put much water in but once you purchase some cows you will be able to fill it up more. Be prepared that when you purchase the animals the capacity of the troughs will vastly increase, so you need to quickly fill them up for maximum efficiency.
Once you have your loading wagons full of grass lined up ready to go and the grass and water troughs are as full as you can make them, you can purchase your cows. Open the map overview and click on the icon at the bottom of Field #31 for the Animal Dealer – it’s the one on the left. Just to right there will be an option to Visit so click on that.
You will teleport there. When you arrive, press -R- to access the animal dealer store. You may need to take a step or two before you have this option.
This is where you purchase animals. Select the Cow and then press Buy. To speed the breeding up, you’re going to buy 500 cows which will cost $2,550,000 which is why you left the money box mods running. Unfortunately, you can’t hold down -LMB- you have to press it 500 times… The number of cows you are going to purchase is shown in the bottom left. Confirm the purchase. The cows will automatically be transported to the cow paddock.
With all those animals the capacity of the troughs will increase dramatically. Immediately switch to the tractors at the two troughs and fill them both up – obviously the water tanker doesn’t have to move but the loading wagons will as it will take a little over 4 full wagons of grass to fill the trough. When the trough is full you will automatically stop filling and won’t lose any grass/water.
Press -Esc- and find the Animals tab. This lists the current state of any animals you own. Cows are on the right. Here you can see how full the water and grass troughs are at a glance, along with the reproduction rate and how long you will need to wait for the next animal.
With 500 cows, the reproduction rate should be around 13-14 hours, which thankfully is game time. This will increase if the troughs aren’t full enough, indicated by a red/amber/green bar by water and grass. Try to keep them both in the green.
In addition to this, notice the Cleanliness information on the Animals tab. This will deteriorate over time and has the same red/amber/green bar to monitor. Red will increase the time it takes to breed the cows.
Drive the empty loading wagon you left in Field #27 to the large shed below the cow paddock. You will see a long pile of grass appearing on the south side, between the shed and the two concrete walls. Over time this will get bigger and bigger. Use the empty wagon to load up that grass. You don’t need to collect it all, just enough to keep the Cleanliness bar in the green. You should actually collect enough grass here to entirely fill at least 3 more loading wagons before the cows are done!
It should take around 7-8 real-time minutes per animal at 120X speed and you need to breed 20, so this should take around two and a half hours. You can buy more cows which increases the reproduction rate but not by much and they will obviously chew through more grass and water.
If you only have 8 loading wagons, this will seem a little hectic to start with, as you fill the 4 loading wagons you used to fill the trough while still monitoring the troughs and cleanliness. Once those wagons have been refilled, this become much more manageable.
Use this time to prepare another two loading wagons of grass. Once they are ready, drive them up to the sheep paddock, which is located to the left of Field #11 and is marked on the map above. The feed and water troughs are both on the southern side of the paddock – feed is closer to the lake and water is close to Field #11.
Repeat the process of setting up a water tower and purchase and place a tractor with a water tanker at the water trough. The positioning is a little trickier here but if you put the water tower as shown you can still fill/unload without moving.
It’s up to you if you want to do this at the same time as the cows, which requires a little more management, or wait until they’re done - it should be fairly easy, though.
When you're ready to breed sheep, use the map to travel back to the Animal Dealer (down by Field #31 if you forgot). This time buy 150 sheep. Immediately warp back to the vehicles by the sheep paddock troughs and fill them up.
Sheep are much easier than cows. With 150, the reproduction rate should be under 6:30 hours, resulting in a new sheep a little over 3 minutes real-time. This means the 30 sheep you must breed will take around an hour and half real-time.
Sheep automatically produce wool, which is stored in pallets near the shed on the eastern side of the paddock. Once that area is full, you will start to get messages about it. You can ignore them but if they annoy you just use a tractor to push the pallets out of the marked zone to free up the space.
Sheep also deteriorate in cleanliness. The pile of grass relating to them is right at the trough you are filling with grass, so just use the wagon there to collect it. This can challenge your trailer reversing skills so remember to make small adjustments and do the best you can.
The final breeding achievement is the easiest of the lot. Purchase another tractor and water tanker and drive up to the pig pen which you can find to the south of Field #7. The water trough is located on the eastern side of the field so park the water tanker there. Buy a water tower and put it adjacent so you can fill/unload the same time.
Back at the store again, purchase:
1 x Tractors > Steyr Multi ($82,000)
1 x Tippers > FarmTech TDK 1600 ($19,000)
Drive this up to the pig pen. You want to place a Pigfood Silo, found under Placeables in the store, near the trough on the north side of the pen. This is the mod you should have installed when you started – if you can’t find it save and exit to the main menu and make sure it is installed and activated when you load back into the game.
Unlike the water towers, you won’t be able to place it right by the trough. Place it where you can easily drive the tipper to – you should be able to set it up in line with the trough so you just drive directly forwards and backwards:
Notice that unlike the console version of the game, to fill the tipper you need to drive right under the nozzle on the silo as shown in the image – this is why you bought a smaller tractor and tipper.
When are in position, press -N- to “Open Cover”. A control option will appear to press -R- to “Start Filling”. Do so, then move it back to the trough where you can unload by pressing -Left Ctrl- and -I-.
With everything in place, go to the Animal dealer and purchase 200 pigs. Immediately warp back and restock the troughs at the pig pen. The Pigfood Silo is quite slow to refill the tipper so focus on that. This number of animals means the pigs will reproduce in just 00:46h, meaning one pig per 40 seconds in real time. This should take a little over half an hour, real-time.
Fortunately, you don't have to worry about cleanliness here - it won't really alter the reproduction rate. They’re pigs, after all!
Now just manage the troughs for all three types of animals. The sheep and pigs, once full, deplete their resources quite slowly but the cows are greedy and you will need to use all 16 of those loading wagons of grass. Remember to keep the bars on the Animals tab in the green to maximise reproduction rates.
The loading wagon managing the cleanliness of the cow paddock will eventually fill up, so have another empty wagon nearby ready to replace it. This will happen a second time before you are done. The grass in this wagon is just the same as all the others, so you can use it to refill the feed trough.
You can check how many of each animal you have bred on the Animals tab. The top line for each animal is the number animals owned, obviously including the ones you purchased.
For cows, once this reaches 520, you will have bred 20 cows to unlock:
You need to breed 30 sheep, so the magic number is a total of 180 to unlock:
And for pigs, you need to breed 50 for a total of 250 to unlock:
Once you have reached the goal for each animal, you can go back to the Animal dealer and sell them all so you don’t have to worry about them again. They won't die, but once they run out of feed and water their productivity and reproduction rate will lower to 0.