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Oct 7, 2019 | 02:43 1 A friend who’s dad passed on in his early 90s has decided to quit farming after this harvest.

Couldnt bear to sell the farm while he was still around and still helping as often as possible.

Funny game at times farming and loyalty to elders who farmed before you.

Maybe not loyalty more respect.

I took my 89 year old mom for a farm/crop/sheep tour on Saturday for a few hours loved every minute of it.

Sometimes unbeknown to her she came out with things which are very true to the point even profound.

Most of my plant is modern but no means new except harvest or 1800 engine hours so that’s just run in.

Anyway driving around talking about all sorts of farm related stuff, she still quite sharp for her age. And she said your first full year was 1981? I said yep. Then her comment was so much easier then wasn’t it wish you could go back?

Laying in bed thinking about it that night, yeah gps better chems , effiency, comfy tractors get crop in quicker blah blah you know reckon I’d have the 80s farming back in a flash. Fark we used to write A cheque out for a combine or tractor in those days.



Shit think I’ve got off topic whatever the point of my post was
Last edited by malleefarmer; Oct 7, 2019 at 02:45.
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  • farmaholic's Avatar Oct 7, 2019 | 06:13 2 I think the difference is if you are farming what I call "heritage" land. Land owned by the family for decades or generations.
    Or if you were given that land or never paid much for it, because then the previous generation could have just as well sold it or rented it out themselves as a source of income instead of short-changing themselves.

    I bet BTOs who farm a pile of rented acres don't have the emotional attachment that small farmers do who own most of the land they farm.

    When do you let money make the decision versus emotion making it.

    We have about three times the farmland base than when I started( we are not big), I am as attached to it as the land my family had.
    I can almost guarantee I would have inherited a bachelor Uncle's land had he lived longer and not died without a will(I was 12 when he died). He was like a second father to me and my siblings, he was always out here. The land had three other owners before I was able to buy it at auction at market value. Even the stuff I bought without any family connection means something to me, I don't know,.....just something about owning farmland that appeals to me. Genetics, learned, family history and folklore?

    It's a tough gig and not for the faint of heart or anyone who knows better. At times it can be painfully gratifying. Can you imagine the sense of relief that will come over me when this harvest from hell is over. Kinda like child birth, put up with the pain and discomfort for the reward at the end. Then you forget the struggles and do it again, hoping and thinking it will be better this time.....

    Take care folks Reply With Quote

  • Oct 7, 2019 | 06:16 3 Us guys that have put our life into it mallee, know exactly what you mean Reply With Quote

  • blackpowder's Avatar Oct 7, 2019 | 08:28 4 Perhaps eventually some have no emotion left to give. Reply With Quote

  • Oct 8, 2019 | 11:09 5
    Quote Originally Posted by malleefarmer View Post
    A friend who’s dad passed on in his early 90s has decided to quit farming after this harvest.

    Couldnt bear to sell the farm while he was still around and still helping as often as possible.

    Funny game at times farming and loyalty to elders who farmed before you.

    Maybe not loyalty more respect.

    I took my 89 year old mom for a farm/crop/sheep tour on Saturday for a few hours loved every minute of it.

    Sometimes unbeknown to her she came out with things which are very true to the point even profound.

    Most of my plant is modern but no means new except harvest or 1800 engine hours so that’s just run in.

    Anyway driving around talking about all sorts of farm related stuff, she still quite sharp for her age. And she said your first full year was 1981? I said yep. Then her comment was so much easier then wasn’t it wish you could go back?

    Laying in bed thinking about it that night, yeah gps better chems , effiency, comfy tractors get crop in quicker blah blah you know reckon I’d have the 80s farming back in a flash. Fark we used to write A cheque out for a combine or tractor in those days.



    Shit think I’ve got off topic whatever the point of my post was
    Exactly, farm is not only a job, farm is way of life. Reply With Quote