A generation ago, young people in country Victoria would have likely stayed on their parents' farms, taking the reins on running the day-to-day and eventually taking it over completely.
These days, it’s a different story.
The Place family farm is based at Pomborneit near the Stoney Rises — a rocky land well known for its stone wall fences. Terry and Jo have been on the farm for almost 30 years, with Terry’s brothers also farming in the local area and Jo having grown up on one.
Together, they’ve seen a number of great successes over the years, including being named Best Employer at the 2018 Great Southwest Dairy Awards.
These days however, it feels like the younger generation has been enticed by the thought of something easier elsewhere – attracted by the lights and sounds of the big city. But with the COVID-19 pandemic seeing most Melburnians cooped up in their homes, there is a trend towards people coming home or moving to the country.
“In the past 18 months I think people have realised it isn’t quite so bad here,” continues Terry. We haven’t had the same restrictions as Melbourne, it hasn’t hit us quite as bad. I think a lot of people are seeing that in the country it’s a lot freer and that’s spurring on a movement back to the country.”