Few sheep breeders can rely on such an income from their pedigree Texel flock to support a family, but one who can, and fairly successfully at that, is Robert Laird, who farms 420 upland acres at Cambwell, Biggar.
FEW LIVESTOCK farmers have the time or the inclination to take a 'real holiday' from the daily grind of tending to cattle and sheep - instead most prefer two or three days at the Highland catching up with friends old and new over the judging of their preferred breeds and the inevitable drammie or three to follow.
BRINGING OUT the best in any cattle beast for an agricultural event and particular the Royal Highland Show, is no easy task when you're in the glare of the general public not to mention the critical eye of neighbouring farmers and potential purchasers.
CONSTANTLY ADAPTING to suit the ever changing market is the name of the game in the Ewing family who, since moving from Ireland some 20 years ago, have switched from the dairy game to the world of pedigree and commercial cattle, with a few diversifications up their sleeve for good measure.
Few pedigree units have hit the headlines more than Jim Innes and sons, James and George’s Strathbogie Texel flock, but forget the numerous five-figure prices achieved, it’s the arable and beef cattle enterprises on this mixed farm that have always provided the real bread and butter .... up until now.
With an ever changing and evolving agricultural industry, there’s no doubt that planning and investing for the future is essential, and that’s certainly a top priority for the Wilson family, at Clackmae Farm, Earlston.