As a parent you probably have great expectations for your child. They will have everything you had and more! You will consider their every need and make the most of every opportunity to help them get ahead, right?
Whilst not an exact science, following a structured framework in analysing differing concepts of equity not only assists in providing comfort in the context of “having done the best possible for all” but is also an effective tool in educating and conveying reason, to all family stakeholders, for what may be seen as tough, “knock on” implications of the concepts adopted.
Economics dictates that succession in a farming environment can rarely directly involve all family members of the next generation. Economics also dictates that farming successors require what can often be viewed as a ‘leg up’ to ensure the successful continuation and future viability of farming or grazing operations. Read why.
To achieve a level of comfort around accepting the financial position imposed by any proposed plan, farm successors need to know exactly how addressing the identified wants of an exiting generation will impact their future viability.
There is a lot of good to be achieved when succession planning is taken on proactively and within a structured process. Having wholesome conversations that discover the objectives and desires of all involved and dealing with challenging decisions without delay makes the process much easier and rewarding for all.
By failing to commence a transition, farming families could not only miss out on the business advantages that come from nurturing and developing another level of management autonomy, but also run the risk of missing out on real financial opportunities that have the potential to deliver a significantly enhanced the outcome for all.