Returning to the Family Farm

Ken Solly - Sheep Connect SA

Type: YouTube, Conference Paper
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

Naracoorte-based Ken Solly, has regularly supported and mentored young farmers for the past 30 years. So it was no surprise that his presentation on how young farmers can address the challenges of taking on the family farm was particularly well received at the conference.

Advice for young farmers

This blog produced by Ken Solly for Sheep Connect SA BestWool/BestLamb Conference in 2017 and looks at what young farmers should consider when  starting out on the family farm.

The key points provided by Ken on what young farmers must do to succeed include:

  • you must have farming in your guts. If you don’t have that intrinsic love for the land, you’re probably going to struggle, because the two most important things in agriculture – the weather and the market – are out of your control, and both will have a huge impact on your livelihood
  • secondly, stay on a fast learning curve because you must aim to be in the top 20% of producers
  • have defined 20-year goals. You need to know where you and the business are heading. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there, but there is a fair chance you will be dissatisfied with your destination
  • get some very good mentors around you; people you can really learn from, people who will actually help with your discipline. There are too many ‘gunnas’ in agriculture; you need to have discipline to follow through with your plans
  • lastly, hang around with better farmers than yourself. Make sure you try and ascertain who the top farmers are, and try and learn from them all the time

The presentation is available in a pdf format or via You-Tube

2017 - Australia - Ken Solly - Sheep Connect SA
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