Young farmers were being left feeling frustrated and insecure by the lack of communication on the future of the farm.
A culture change was needed in the way the industry tackled succession with farming families feeling ‘frustrated and insecure’.
The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) has launched a new video urging young farmers to talk with their parents about the future of the family farm.
Sian Bushell, from Sian Bushell Associates, narrated the film and said young people she had spoken to had suffered with mental health problems sparked by a lack of communication leading to feelings of insecurity and frustration.
She said it was vital for young farmers to be clear with their parents about what they wanted, whether they wanted to farm or not, or needed more time to make up their mind or go travelling first.
“The idea is to encourage them to sit down and talk about it,” said Ms Bushell.
“I have heard of parents who have started scaling back because they thought the children were not going to farm."
She added parents very rarely wanted their children to feel the farm was a burden they had to come back to.
Ms Bushell said she had found about one in four farming families were not speaking to a member of their family over succession issues.
But not broaching the subject because of fears it would cause tensions was a ‘terrible attitude’.
“People have this fear of talking about it. We are afraid people are going to fall out,” she said.
“When people start talking they realise it is not as bad as they thought.
"Some of the older generation have this idea. It is why we are targeting young farmers to change this culture.”
Young people were also urged to use NFYFC as a forum to engage with other young farmers as it could be difficult for them to bring it up and share experiences.