MEDIA STAR and shepherdess Hannah Jackson, who hit TV screens in the popular reality show 'SAS: Who Dares Wins', will be part of a strong line-up of speakers at an upcoming new entrants event in Perth.

The New Entrants to Farming Gathering will also feature presentations from Duncan McConchie of Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre and Drovers Gin producer Jenny McKerr.

Organised under the Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) programme, and delivered by specialists from SAC Consulting, the gathering is open to anyone with an interest in the future of Scottish agriculture.

The event will be held at Perth Race Course on Tuesday, February 25, to highlight opportunities within farming and outline the kind of skills needed to succeed in the sector.

Ms Jackson – also know as the 'Red Shepherdess' – swapped city life in Merseyside for the rural hills of Cumbria after completing a degree in animal behaviour. She is an active ambassador for the farming industry and was a finalist in the 2018 Young Farmer of the Year competition.

Mr McConchie, whose outdoor adventure and recreational centre in Dumfries and Galloway employs 80 people in the peak season and attracts visitors from all over the world, said: “We diversified as we had three sons at home and we needed to make the business sustainable for future generations.

“It's been tough, fun, rewarding, challenging, but things are forever changing.”

Former SRUC agriculture student Jenny McKerr worked in the Scotch Beef industry before she, and her husband Stephen, bought their small beef and sheep farm in South Lanarkshire. The couple have diversified the business by converting a milking byre into The Wee Farm Distillery.

She said: “I will be talking about my journey from a 13-year career in the Scotch Beef industry to risking everything to buy a small farm in Lanarkshire to do what we love.

“Three years on, we have established beef and sheep enterprises, built a distillery on the farm and grown an agricultural fencing business to build a successful, diverse farming business.”

Other speakers include Andrew Wells, who is responsible for 37,000 hectares of the Crown Estate’s rural and coastal land, Rodney Wallace, agriculture director for HSBC in south west Scotland, SAC consultants Robert Ramsay and Kirsten Williams and SRUC’s agricultural economist Steven Thomson.

To book a place, contact SAC Consulting, St Boswells, on 01835 823 322 or email