OPTIONS 2: Leaving the Land: A study of Western Division grazing families in transition

  • 12 pages

  • Published: 1 Nov 2002

  • Author(s): Webb, Trevor, Cary, John, Geldens, Paula

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Structural adjustment in agricultural industries impacts directly upon farming families resulting, at an aggregate level, in increased farm poverty, decline and delays in the intergenerational transfer of farm businesses, and a decline in traditional small family farm enterprises. Despite the enduring financial pressures experienced by many family farm enterprises there remains a high commitment by farmers to their farms and their lifestyle.
Using case study and survey research with pastoralists from the Western Division of New South Wales this report explores the social and cultural dimensions of this commitment. In particular the research reported focuses on the factors that influence a decision to exit from pastoralism, and the impacts of following through with such a decision.