THERE’S not a lot Will Ryan can do about the circumstances which has seen the family’s dairy farm at Dumbalk sold off.
As manager of the farm, he is honouring his family’s decision to sell up.
He returned to the farm after years of studying the industry and agriculture after his father died.
The 26 year-old has an agribusiness degree, he is a member of the Victorian Government Young Farmers Ministerial Council, he has been to China as part of a trade delegation, and travelled to New Zealand on a national study tour.
On Friday he watched as equipment, machinery and sundry was sold at the clearing sale.
While it no doubt was a tough day, he’s choosing to look at the experience as an opportunity to learn and grow.
He knows the family that has bought the property, and is excited to see how they go.
“They’re going to do great things I think, and this farm will allow them to do those great things,” he said.
“I’m choosing to use this as a learning opportunity.
“While it’s an unfortunate situation, it gives me a better understanding of agricultural business, from managing a farm of this size through drought, and milk prices, through to assessing financial fitness of the business, and even the importance of succession planning.
“I’m still very optimistic about the agricultural industry, and I think I’ll come back to farming later on.
“Really, the glass is half full. Like everything, it depends on how you look at it.
“It might be hard for some, but for young farmers, it’s an opportunity to purchase machinery and cows at some really good prices – in this market you can buy a whole herd for $200,000.
“Personally, I’m looking at it as an opportunity to grow and learn so much through this process.
“We can’t control the outside factors, but we can control how we respond.
“I think more than anything, it will push the industry to be even more efficient – it’s a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity.”
Glass still half full for Will