A focus on generational renewal has been highlighted by the European Commission as a priority
for future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform. A major challenge therefore presents itself in
the area of intergenerational family farm transfer, to help achieve this objective. There are
numerous, intricate emotional facets affecting the older generationís farm transfer decisionmaking process however, which for the most part have been neglected to date. The outcome; a
derailment of the process in many cases. This research brings into focus the suitability and
appropriateness of previous and existing farm transfer policy strategies, by presenting an
insightful, nuanced analysis of the deeply embedded attachment older farmers have with their
farms, and how such a bond can stifle the handover of the farm business to the next generation.