Children encouraged into sector
The renewed confidence in farming was highlighted by the Farming Independent survey, as 62pc of those interviewed said they would encourage a son or daughter into the industry.
But a little under a quarter of those surveyed (24pc) said they would not encourage one of their children to take up farming, while 14pc were undecided.
Dairy farmers and those with more than 200ac were most likely to respond positively to the question.
Seventy-two per cent of milk suppliers said they would encourage a son or daughter into farming. While 10pc were undecided, 18pc said they would not.
Meanwhile, 74pc of farmers with more than 200ac said they would like to see a son or daughter farming, 13pc said they would not, with the remaining 13pc undecided.
Sixty-six per cent of farmers with between 100 and 200ac said they would like to see one of their children enter the sector, 20pc said they would not, while 14pc were non-committal.
For those with less than 100ac, 54pc said they would like to see a son or daughter farming, 31pc said they would not, while 15pc were unsure.
Improved tillage-farmer fortunes this harvest were reflected in a more positive outlook. Sixty-one per cent of cereal growers said they would like to see one of their children take up farming, 19pc said they would not, with 20pc undecided.