VERY few would describe farming as an easy way to make a living, but for the young farmers bold enough to strike out on their own, it can difficult at the best of times.
That's why a few months ago, the NSW Farmers established Young Farmers branches across the state.
Attunga dairy farmer Tim Wilson is one of the handful of members at the Tamworth branch.
He said while everyone was struggling through the drought, young farmers faced their own unique challenges.
"Getting in to the industry in particular - you see a lot of dairy farms that have been in families for generations, and they sort of close down and go to a beef farm," he said.
"They don't want to lease it out to a young dairy farmer.
"In saying that, there are places around, but the cost of things at the moment is just so expensive - from land to feed and the lack of water."
Mr Wilson said the local Young Farmers branches acted as a support network.
"You've got other people in the same boat," he said.
"It's a good place to swap ideas about how to improve ourselves.
"That's what it's all about, if we're going to go out on our own eventually, we need to have as many ideas in the back of our mind as possible.
"Everyone is trying to do the same thing, whether it's produce meat, wool, milk or crop, you're trying to do it as best as you can."
The Tamworth Young Farmers are keen to hear from various government ministers and agricultural experts.
"We're interested in getting speakers up to hear what they're going to do for the industry and to help young people get in to farming," Mr Wilson said.
The group also wants to give young farmers practical skills. It recently held a getting bank ready workshop, which was attended by more than 50 people, and also has business ready workshop in the pipeline.
"It's just a good group for young people to get involved with, if you want to get in to farming," Mr Wilson said.
Anyone interested in joining the Tamworth Young Farmers can find them on Facebook. To find your local Young Farmers branch, contact NSW Farmers.