ANŽE LEGAT

1. Intro

The Legats' farm has been in the family for more than 200 years. Their main activity is apple production (5 ha intensive orchard), with some processing. In the past, there was also some cattle breeding done. Five people live on the farm - the successor with his life partner, their 2 children (and one on the way), and an uncle. The farm is located in a pre-Alpine valley at an altitude above 500m. The predecessors were Anže's mother and two uncles. The succession process started 20 years ago, with many complications occurring after his grandfather's death. After years of lawsuits, one of the uncles and Anže's mother settled with the other uncle. Soon after, Anže started the succession process with the complete agreement of his mother and uncle.

2. Promoter Profile

Name Anže Legat
Age 34
Gender Male
Education University diploma -Engineer of Agriculture.
Marital status non-marital relationship
Number of children 5; 3; On the way

3. Farm Profile

Address Hraše 34, 4248 Lesce, Slovenia
Farm Area in ha 10 ha + 15 ha of forest
Date since when the family owns the farm at least since the 18th century
Nº of workers on the farm (Family members) 2 (Full time) 1 (Part time)
Nº of workers on the farm (Other than family members) 0

Farm description before succession

The farm had always specialized in apple production and small-scale cattle breeding. In the past, the farm was bigger (45 ha), but after the suicide of one of the ancestors, the farm was split among the legitimate and illegitimate children.

FARM DESCRIPTION AFTER SUCCESSION

No major changes occurred following succession in terms of the specialisation of the farm. Some modernisation of the orchard was done (renewal, consolidation with neighbours, equipping the orchard with anti-hail nets), but the main orientation stayed the same. They have increased apple juice production as well, although the main purpose of this activity is using the apples that are not suitable for sale. One additional ha of the land will be transformed to intensive orchard within the next year. The workers on the farm are the owner, his uncle (informally) and the owner's life partner (unpaid), who helps with on-farm sales and fruit processing.

4. Succession Process

In 1996, the grandfather, who was partial owner of the farm (with the grandmother) passed away without a dedicated successor. One of the children wanted to sell the farm, and two wanted to continue. A legal argument followed for 10 years, after which the farm was finally deeded to the two children who wanted to continue farming. The current successor was, at that time, already an agricultural student and had interest in taking over the farm. His uncle and mother agreed, and in 2012 the most recent succession process was formally completed. There was no argument/conflict during the most recent succession process, because of the clear interest and enthusiasm of the succesor. The uncle still lives and works on the farm although he is retired. The mother has since passed away.

Threats/Challenges

It is hard to survive on a small farm, so succession can only take place on a viable farm.

One of the main challenges is how to cooperate with other farmers to have more power when entering the market.

It is hard to expand a farm due to high prices for farmland in the area.

Particularly with an orchard, which needs a lot of investment, invested money is not refunded in the lifetime of an orchard owner.

Main Training/Skills/Competences

Self studying, lifelong learning (a university degree doesn't give you enough knowledge and also not objective knowledge. Professors tend to stand by their research, not global know-how).

Looking beyond borders

Dedication to the farm

 

 

"You have to realise, when taking over a farm, that this is not a job, but a way of life. You and your family have to dedicate completely to the farm."

ANŽE LEGAT

5. Considerations, skills/competences and queries/questions.

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