Father and Son Farming Team Visit Australia to Share Expertise

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

SWOOPE -- During the next week, the father son team of Joel and Daniel Salatin from Polyface Farms will be in Australia. In some circles, they're revered as experts in multi-generation farming.

Daniel Salatin knows what it's like to be a future farmer.

“When you're talking about personal relations, no one's the expert, but, here on our farm, we have four generations living on the farm, my grandmother all the way down to my children. I've been farming here full-time since I was a young person,” said Daniel Salatin.

The Salatins hope to take lessons on farming as a family to the Outback.

“We have worked at becoming a good team, a family team, within the family business, in a farming operation. If you look the world over, is very difficult, and few and far between.”

Daniel Salatin said that within the next 10 years, nearly half of all land is going to change owners. Younger farmers will be able to bring creativity and new ideas to an industry that has started to stagnate. Because of that, it's important for younger generations to want to take over the family farm.

“The fact is, globally, farmers are aging. The average age of global farmers is 58 years old. When you have something like that, you have a culture that is difficult to adapt to new ideas that are coming online.”

Without that will to adapt, there are lots of lost opportunities.

“What that means is, that they're not raising the additional animals that higher prices would encourage them to do. Young farmers have to get involved to take on that role before prices in the supermarket begin to come down.”

The Salatins will also be teaching Australians and New Zealanders how to farm in the sustainable ways they've mastered at Polyface Farms.

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