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Mike Brady: Lost the zest for the land? Should you quit or should you stick?

Farmers who have lost their zest for the land need to consider why they are persisting in the business

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Drive: The question of whether you should quit farming is not age-related - instead it's about whether or not you still retain the enthusiasm and energy for the business

Drive: The question of whether you should quit farming is not age-related - instead it's about whether or not you still retain the enthusiasm and energy for the business

Drive: The question of whether you should quit farming is not age-related - instead it's about whether or not you still retain the enthusiasm and energy for the business

Farmers are just like all self-employed business people; they find it hard to say no to work.

We all know the clichés. 'Farming is a way of life, not a business'; 'family farms are different to other businesses' and 'I'll keep farming until it's all gone'. To me, none of these sayings are true. Yes, most farmers love their land, livestock, crops and farm business, but it's not a badge of honour to keep on farming when you are well past your sell-by date.

Farmers who have a young successor keen to continue on the family business are the lucky ones. In such cases, the transition from one generation to the next usually falls into place in the natural lifecycle of the family.


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