Navigating farm succession

By Dairy News

A new project which aims to help producers transition the management of family farms to the next generation will be rolled out in South Australia this month.

The Farm Management for Transition Workshops will see 28 South Australian farming families from across the state take part in three half-day workshops.

The workshops are conducted by Rural Business Support (RBS) and supported by the Aussie Farmers Foundation.

RBS Farm Business Advisor John Christensen said the free workshops would help SE producers plan for succession of the family farm.

Topics include starting the conversation, family expectations, conflict strategies, planning, required skills, work force management, developing support networks, management systems and measures that matter.

“The workshops will help families answer: Where is our farm going and how will we get there; what is the best management system for our farm’s future; and, do we have the right business skills to implement this system and keep our farm on track?

Participants will receive practical tools and processes to be implemented on-farm to improve communication, resolve conflicts and align personal aspirations with farming business goals.

“Through delivery of the well-known Rural Financial Counselling Service and our other farm business programs, RBS understands that for succession to be successful, the key people need to have the right business skills, knowledge and personal aspirations to transition into management,” Mr Christensen said.

Rural Business Support is a not-for-profit organisation. For more information email