1. Intro

Rok is a 27-year-old farmer from the Tuhinjska valley, located in the central part of Slovenia. His land is mostly grassland with some cultivated fields. The main activity of the farm is livestock farming with forestry as an important complementary activity. The family have owned the farm for several generations. The previous owner of the farm was Rok's mother, who was also the initiator of the transfer of ownership to Rok, her oldest son. They began to think about the transfer of the ownership very early, which was also one of the main factors that influenced Rok’s decision to attend agricultural school. An additional incentive for transferring farm ownership was the measure for young successors under the Rural Development Program. At first, Rok had some doubts about taking over the farm, mostly because farm management requires a lot of time, and someone as young as Rok could potentially miss out on social activities that are common among his peers. This includes finding a suitable partner who would also be willing to live and work on the farm.

2. Promoter Profile

Name Rok
Age 27
Gender Male
Education BSC Countryside management
Marital status Single
Number of children 0

3. Farm Profile

Address ZGORNJI TUHINJ 55a, 1219 Laze v Tuhinju
Farm Area in ha 50 ha
Date since when the family owns the farm SEVERAL GENERATIONS
Nº of workers on the farm (Family members) 3 (Full time) 0 (Part time)
Nº of workers on the farm (Other than family members) 0 (Full time)

Farm description before succession

Rok's farm has been owned by his family for generations. The farm is located in the picturesque valley of the Alpine world in the Central Slovenia region. Due to its natural features, the farm has always been oriented on livestock farming. Most of the agricultural areas are grassland, only a small part represent arable land. The farm is focusing on breeding dairy cows and calves as well as producing livestock fodder. Forestry has always been a very important complementary activity on the farm. The farm has grown and expanded over several generations. Due to the now secure transfer of ownership to Rok, the farm has a lot of additional potential and incentive for modernization, expansion and growth

FARM DESCRIPTION AFTER SUCCESSION

Rok has been living and working on a family farm all of his life, so he is familiar with all the work processes on the farm. However, he admits that the manager role is different and more demanding. It also requires various additional skills than are required to perform the usual farm work. He has a lot of will and motivation for his work. He has plans and goals, and he is already expanding farm activities and modernizing facilities and increasing the level of mechanization. On the other hand, he has already noticed that he has less time for social contacts and is significantly more tied to the local environment.

4. Succession Process

Rok’s mother was the previous owner of the farm. She was also the initiator for the ownership transfer to her eldest child. They did not talk much about the succession within the family because it was somehow self-evident that the oldest son will take over the farm. An incentive for transferring the ownership came when Rok was 20 years old. The stimulus from the measure for young successors which took place under the Rural Development Program, also contributed to the matter. As soon as they were able to find an arrangement that was suitable to all of the family members, Rok took over the farm and became its official owner.

Threats/Challenges

Rok was facing the challenge of transition from being just a family member who was helping on the farm, to becoming its manager. The main challenge during the process of transferring ownership and management of the farm was the amount of administrative work and bureaucracy. He had previously been more focused on the activities on the farm, on the ground and in the woods, so all the paperwork is quite a burden for him. His parents are still fully engaged on the farm, but luckily, the generational differences are not so pronounced that they would affect Rok’s work and vision for the farm. He is thinking a lot about the future development of the farm on many different levels, like improving equipment, marketing and efficiency, and also about ensuring the succession for coming generations.

Main Training/Skills/Competences

Rok is noticing the need for more managerial and administrative skills in order to be more effective in managing the farm. Good communication and the ability to cooperate between different generations are the most important factors for the smooth and successful transfer of farm management. It is also necessary to keep up with technical and technological innovations. However, all the farm work should not stand in the way of maintaining social contacts and good cooperative relationships within the local environment.

 

“You have to be positive, you have to trust and believe in yourself and mostly, you have to take advantage of your youthful energy.”

ROK

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

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