Strictly Succession

The intricacies and complexities of succession planning will be at the fore for the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group at their next meeting.

Held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, the speakers will cover the succession process, as well as the pitfalls, at the event on Monday 24 November.

Future Farmer of Yorkshire member Kate Morgan, who is chairing the event, acknowledges that “Succession planning is still a hot topic for our members but many farming businesses tend to avoid thinking about, let alone talking about, this complicated, and potentially costly, topic.”  

Kate has been a Future Farmer member for two years and farms near Driffield where she is a Director of the family’s 1,700 pig enterprise.

A team from Langleys Solicitors will set the scene of one farming family in role plays covering a series of typical situations, for example succession planning, inheritance, employment, matrimonial, siblings and elderly client issues. ‘The role play will make you laugh but we believe that most of the audience will recognise at least one of the problems which the fictional family encounters’ said Kate.

Following the role play, Sian Bushell will present a session on identifying the points of contention, how to communicate with family members and the various pitfalls of different stages of the succession process. Descended from a long line of West Wales farmers, Sian was a partner and then director of a successful dairy farm for 25 years. Although she lives in Pembrokeshire, Sian has an excellent reputation in Yorkshire and has assisted several farming families in the county with their own succession challenges.

‘We urge all family members to come along because it is never too late, or too early, to start the process’ recommends Kate.

Future Farmers of Yorkshire was launched in November 2010 and is based at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. It brings together younger farmers, vets and industry supporters.

The event, which is free, begins at 6.45pm with a light supper. For more information on the evening, contact Elizabeth Hudson, Project Manager at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society on 07702 598108 or futurefarmersofyorkshire@yas.co.uk

ENDS

17th November 2014 

For further information please contact Liz Hudson on 07702 598 108 or email elizabethh@yas.co.uk

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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. The Society is the organiser of the annual farming and country showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show and its sister event, Countryside Live. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. Dates for the 2015 Great Yorkshire Show are Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 July, and Countryside Live takes place Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October, 2015.

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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling

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