Who will take over the reins at your farm?
"Who will take over the farm?"
It's a question that every farming family has to address.
For some the decision will be easy but, for others, the topic is fraught with anxiety, emotion and turmoil.
Farming is a business like any other, yet many farm owners have no long-term plan with regard to succession.
Research has shown that eight out of 10 farmers have yet to firmly identify their successor and less than half have made a will.
The age profile of farmers was clear to see in the streets of Dublin last week. One wag commented that the protest could easily have passed for the 'grey brigade in wellies' such was the dearth of young farmers.
The ongoing series of Teagasc farm succession seminars have been drawing crowds of up to 600 people each night. The audiences have included crowds of all ages, with people from their teens to their 80s in the audience.
In some cases, entire families have come along to seek advice on how best to proceed with handing over the farm to the next generation.