Sexism and rural succession

Gone are the days when the eldest son would inherit the family homestead. But in building a wine business, farmer John Thomson has created plenty of options to go with the family farm.

Farm inheritance has always been a pretty sexist affair.

There’s a practical side to this, apart from pure male chauvinism: only one child can live in the homestead. And traditionally that’s been the eldest boy; in many cases the girls simply missed out.

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