Table 2. Comparing newer (Wimmera region: n = 55–73; Corangamite region: n = 83–91) and longer term (Wimmera region: n = 311–404; Corangamite region: n = 311–404) landholders: social and farming variables.(n denotes the number of respondents. Each item had a different number of respondents owing to missing values; these are indicated by the ranges in n.)

Wimmera natural resource management region Corangamite natural resource management region
Social and farming variables New Longer term P value New Longer term P value
Median property size 145 ha 722 ha < 0.001 41 ha 140 ha < 0.001
Farmer by occupation 35% 73% < 0.001 23% 61% < 0.001
Mean hours worked on property/week 29 hrs 42 hrs < 0.001 27 hrs 40 hrs < 0.001
Mean days worked off-property/year 101 days 58 days 0.006 155 days 67 days < 0.001
Returned a net on-property profit 17% 38% 0.002 35% 68% < 0.001
Property is principal place of residence 58% 82% < 0.001 61% 81% < 0.001
Member of Landcare 17% 43% < 0.001 24% 37% 0.027
Member of a commodity group 8% 27% 0.004 13% 20% 0.173
Intend to pass the property on in the family 49% 61% 0.097 36% 53% 0.01