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Our Waikato associate recently headed to Tasmania to attend the 22nd International Farm Management Congress

I recently attend the 22nd International Farm Management Congress in Launceston, Tasmania. These Congresses are held in a different part of the world every two years. The Tasmania Congress attracted over 200 consultants, researchers and farmers from 22 countries. A highlight for me was a day spent visiting three separate family farming businesses who are working through the transition from one generation to the next.  All farms had been traditional dryland sheep properties which had diversi...

May 2, 2019

The Evolution of Succession and Governance on a Medium Size Dairy Farm. A Case Study from Canterbury, New Zealand

Alderbrook Farm Ltd. (AFL) was established as a 50-50 sharemilking partnership in 1987.
 Since the initiation of operations, the business has grown to be a self-contained business of
 two farms and support blocks milking 1,200 cows on a farming area of 550 hectares near 
Christchurch, New Zealand (NZ). Previous publications have described the growth in
 dairying in Canterbury (Pangborn et al. 2015) and the growth of this business (Pangborn
 2012).
The process through which the farm e...

April 11, 2019

Succession Planning – Getting the Conversation Started

Sometimes a barrier to starting the conversation is that I don’t know how to start. Below are open questions that may help farmers – mums & dads, sons and daughters, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law –to get the conversation underway.1. If your succession planning went really well, what would you have? What would you be doing? Who would your family have become?2. If you could only have one outcome from your succession planning, what would that be? What are you doing now to achieve that?3. W...

September 18, 2018

Country TV Interview with Matthew Pickering on Farm Succession Planning

Matthew discusses all facets of farm succession planning, from where to start, right through to identifying development plans to grow successors and family who are to be involved in the business. Short on time to watch the full video?  Click through to our YouTube channel to see the interview broken up into ‘bite-sized’ segments for easy viewing....

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