Plan for farm suc­ces­sion

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Mur­ray Dairy is host­ing a work­shop that will al­low farm­ers to ex­plore the next steps of farm tran­si­tion or fam­ily suc­ces­sion.

The work­shop is aimed at farm own­ers con­sid­er­ing re­duc­ing their level of ac­tive farm in­volve­ment or those want­ing to step into a farm busi­ness.

The ses­sion will be fa­cil­i­tated by Chris Hib­burt, a dairy con­sul­tant with The Vet Group.

Mr Hib­burt works pre­dom­i­nantly out of south­west Vic­to­ria and is a coowner of a cor­po­rate dairy.

He sees peo­ple as in­te­gral to dairy busi­ness suc­cess, and strives to as­sist farmer own­ers to have the abil­ity to bring oth­ers into a busi­ness so that it pro­vides great scope to grow, to have flex­i­bil­ity in in­volve­ment and to tran­si­tion through.

‘‘Dairy farm­ing is in the blood for a lot of peo­ple, but it’s in­evitable that one day that has to stop,’’ Mr Hib­burt said.

‘‘If farm­ers have a game plan, then that can be on their terms.

‘‘This ses­sion will help par­tic­i­pants identify strate­gies to achieve their suc­ces­sion and re­tire­ment vi­sion.

‘‘There is no such thing as plan­ning too early for farm tran­si­tion. I would en­cour­age all farm­ers, whether they are at the start of their ca­reer or to­wards the end, to at­tend one of these work­shops.’’

The work­shop is on De­cem­ber 29 from 10.30 am to 3 pm at the Co­bram Ho­tel. Work­shops are free and open for any­one to at­tend. Morn­ing tea and lunch will be pro­vided.

Peo­ple mat­ter: Dairy con­sul­tant Chris Hib­burt will be speak­ing in Co­bram at a Mur­ray Dairy work­shop.

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