THE YFCU’s agri affairs committee invites YFCU members, their families and friends to its Family Farm Succession The Family Farm: 2014 and beyond evening on Thursday 28th February 2013 in the Glenavon Hotel in Cookstown at 8pm.
This event has been kindly supported by Ulster Bank and Countryside Agri-Rural Partnership. Chairman for the evening will be Cormac McKervey, head of agriculture at Ulster Bank.
As YFCU vice president and chair of the agri affairs committee James Taylor explains: “Succession on family farms is a major, outstanding issue which affects the vast majority of farming businesses at some point in time. All too often it does not get talked about and therefore leads to uncertainty.
“The results of having failed to plan appropriately for succession can be long lasting and very difficult. Anecdotal evidence suggests that one in four farmers in the UK are not talking to a member of their family because they have fallen out over succession issues.
“Our seminar on February 28 will look at the importance of communication between family members during the succession process and we will discuss factors restricting new entrants coming into the agricultural industry. We would love to see our members and their family come along to Cookstown and get thinking seriously about this important subject.”
The guest speakers will be Sian Bushell, a trained succession facilitator from Pembrokeshire in Wales, and John Martin, a Co Down farmer who recently completed a Nuffield Scholarship entitled Improving the capacity to manage change in family farms.
In addition to hearing advice from the guest speakers, members of the audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about family farm succession and how it will affect them.
If you wish to attend, please contact Ann Cameron at YFCU headquarters to register. Spaces are limited so please register early via telephone 028 9037 0713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.