AT A major agricultural conference this past week, farmers were chided for buying tractors and machinery 'above their needs'.

However, contractors certainly do. So, here is one of only a handful of John Deere 9RX tracked tractors in the UK getting to work sowing spring crops with RM and JF Seed Contractors, who run a large-scale contract farming operation across the whole of Central and Southern Scotland from its base in the Borders

Picture by Timney Photography