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"My work is where my family is, so I can see my daughtersevery day," says Bruce Davies, a farmer near Monmouth. Jasmine,going on two, captivates him during a coffee break. Georgie, almost six, accompanies him on a round of chores. On 200 acresowned by their mother and other acreage they rent, he and his brotherraise cattle and sheep and grow fodder for the animals. Financiallythey arejust getting by. "You have to love this work to keep doing it," Davies says. Otherfarmers are selling their land-often to retireesand vacationers-ashift that may radicallyalter the familiarlandscapeof pasturesand hedgerows greened by rain.