As the focus has always been on young people to engage in farming for a livelihood, we can’t discount the need for guidance from the older and experienced farmers. They have been through it as a life and their advice not only gets one through farming but life as a whole.
These pieces were gathered from a successful and fulfilled farmer with 25 years of experience. A good set for young farmers.
- Set a clear and simple business plan and stick to it. Discuss and talk about it with family, colleagues and anyone who would listen.
- Control weeds when they are small and this rule applies to any problem you encounter in life.
- Trust everyone, but learn from it if they let you down.
- Always do what you tell people you are going to do.
- Understand there is a difference between profit and turnover and a big difference between having cash and being wealthy.
- Always be helpful to your neighbours.
- When you make a mistake, say sorry and mean it.
- Low costs come from high yields not large scale and high sales prices come from high-quality products and service, not branding.
- Borrow as much as anyone will lend you to purchase appreciating capital assets. Try to avoid buying anything that depreciates with time.
- Employ good people to do the jobs you don’t like and then show them your appreciation.
- Always build sheds 100% bigger than you think you can afford and they might be half big enough to do the job.
- Write everything down, you might lose track of good ideas.
- As you maintain your machines, maintain your body and exercise your brain.
- Predictions that you make will almost always be wrong. Don’t be worried so much about that. Keep going.
- Always listen to older people and treat them with respect, they will help you to get on in life.
- Share your knowledge and success with others. There is nothing sadder than a rich, lonely workaholic.
- Be playful, be kind to people and always smile.
- Be careful not to pollute your environment as you farm.
- Conserve nature, practice conservation agriculture.
Inspiration from: 25 pieces of advice for 25-year old farmers