2017 Survey Snapshot - Young Farmer Business Program

In July 2017 a survey was conducted of 18-35-year-old farmers in NSW who currently have a farming business or aspire to start a farming business in the next 12 months.
Their responses will shape the focus of the Young Farmer Business Program in 2018.

251 young farmers responded to our survey


The respondents lived here:


The respondents were:

  • 55% were male
  • 45% were female


The young farmers who completed our survey were from these sectors:

  • 56% Beef
  • 46% Sheepmeat
  • 40% Cropping
  • 31% Mixed farming
  • 31% Wool
  • 17% Horticulture
  • 15% Organic farming
  • 12% Contracting
  • 12% Agri services
  • 10% Beekeeping
  • 6% Agritourism
  • 5% Equine
  • 5% Dairy
  • 3% Fish/Aquaculture
  • 3% Goats
  • 3% Poultry
  • 2% Boutique farming
  • 1% Pork

Of these, 73% had multiple enterprises.


The young farmers told us,


The young farmers told us,


It is very difficult to find useful connections in the industry as a young first generation farmer
– 25-34 year old female farmer


54% of the young farmers said they feel confident making business decisions


38% of the young farmers said they feel they have a high level of business skill-knowledge


I’m only confident in business decisions if it’s about farming not financial
– 18-24 year old male farmer


Top 4 things young farmers want access to:

  • financial management
  • business planning and risk management
  • enterprise analysis
  • coaching and mentoring


One-Stop Shop

The young farmers said the average likelihood of using a one-stop-shop website for business information was HIGH


Young farmers asked for:

  1. Links to farming business services, research, funding and investing opportunities
  2. Downloadable templates and tools
  3. E-newsletter
  4. Video case studies
  5. Podcasts and webinars