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Many Australian farms started as small family subsistence farms that produced just enough food to support the family’s needs. These farms were typically handed down through the family. As our population has grown, diets have changed and the demand for more food to be produced on less land has increased.
At the same time, the way Australians have farmed has also changed. Many small family farms have been replaced by commercial farms that feed entire communities in Australia and overseas. While some farms continue to be passed down through the family, business models have changed.
Farmers often hire skilled labour to assist with farm duties and in some cases choose to share-farm with other families to spread the responsibility of running the farm business. New technologies and farm systems also help farmers to manage their business more efficiently, cost-effectively and sustainably, which can lead to a range of lifestyle benefits as well.
(article © 2016 Dairy Australia at http://www.dairy.edu.au )