Over 70pc of farm families face succession problems
A survey of over 1,000 farmers by FarmIreland.ie shows that 71pc of farmers with children do not know if they have anyone to take over their farm.
The figures also show that 35pc of respondents over 65 years of age do not have any children working on the farm or planning on going into farming.
It also shows that 47pc of farmers in Ireland would not encourage their children to go farming. Further, when sectors are looked at, the survey found that 57pc of dairy farmers do not have children working on the farm or planning to go farming.
That figure is even more startling among beef farmers, as 75pc do not have a child working on the farm or planing to work on the farm.
Further, 54pc of farmers in the West and North West said they would not encourage their children to go farming.
Dairy farmers were more positive about encouraging their children to go into farming, with 60pc of dairy farmers saying they would encourage their children to go farming.
Most farmers cited poor incomes as the deciding factor in not encouraging their children to take up farming. Recent research from Teagasc shows that income varies quite considerably by farm system.