November 10, 2023


Farming is more than a profession; it's a way of life. Generations of families have cared for the land and their livestock – and invested their heart and soul into their farm. So, when the time comes to retire from farming, it's a decision laden with emotional weight. Along with deciding when to retire, there's another significant choice to be made – what to do with your farm and the equipment. In this article, we'll explore the factors that go into a farmer's decision to retire, the emotional impact of making this choice, and why selling through an auction, particularly with BigIron, might be the best path forward.


Retirement is a personal journey, and for farmers, it's especially complex. Farmers often wrestle with retirement due to a deep-rooted connection to their land and their animals. Several factors come into play when deciding to retire:

Age and Health

Physical demands in farming can be incredibly taxing. As farmers age, their ability to manage the daily grind can diminish. Health concerns may also start to play a significant role in the decision to retire. The desire to enjoy the fruits of their labor in retirement becomes increasingly attractive.

Succession Planning

Passing the family farm to the next generation is a dream for many farmers. But sometimes, there's no family member willing or able to take over. Without a clear succession plan, selling the farm may seem like the only logical step.

Economic Pressures

Fluctuating commodity prices, unpredictable weather patterns, and rising operational costs can put immense financial pressure on farmers. Retirement might be a practical choice to alleviate these concerns.

Emotional Attachment

The emotional connection to the land and the animals can't be overstated. Many farmers find it challenging to part ways with the farm they've worked on for decades.


One of the critical decisions when retiring from farming is what to do with both the land and the equipment that has been the backbone of the operation for years. Should it be sold, passed down to the next generation, or should the equipment be put into storage? Many farmers opt to sell at auction, and BigIron offers several compelling reasons why this is an excellent choice:

Reach a Broad Audience

Selling real estate and equipment through an online auction ensures that your listings are visible to a wide range of potential buyers, increasing the likelihood of finding a buyer quickly.

Competitive Bidding

Online auctions often result in competitive bidding, which can drive up the selling price and ensure that you receive the best value for your assets.

Simplified Process

BigIron's online platform streamlines the selling process, making it easy for farmers to list their property, reach potential buyers, and complete the transaction seamlessly.

Expertise and Trust

BigIron is a well-respected name in the agricultural industry, known for its commitment to helping farmers buy and sell with transparency and integrity.


Selling equipment and land through an online auction is often more convenient than traditional sales methods. You can reach buyers from the comfort of your home.

Retiring from farming is a difficult decision, but it's also an opportunity to embrace a new chapter in life. Selling your real estate and equipment through an auction, especially with BigIron, can help you transition smoothly and with confidence. While it's an emotional journey, retirement can lead to personal growth, new adventures, and the chance to contribute your valuable experience to future generations of farmers.

If you’re a farmer facing retirement and the decision to sell your farm equipment or real estate on auction, consider working with BigIron to make the process as smooth as possible. With our expertise and commitment to customer service, you can be confident that you’ll receive fair market value for your assets and be able to retire with peace of mind. Contact BigIron today to learn more about our services and how we can help you through the auction process.



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Published by BigIron Auctions November 10, 2023
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