Farmer for a day

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NEW Luce farmer Neale McQuistin bid £300 at an auction to have MEP Alyn Smith help with his lambing for a day.

The auction was held in aid of MacMillan Cancer after dinner at the National Sheep Association AGM in Dunblane earlier this year.

Alyn, who started his day’s work at 6.00 am, said: “I put myself up for auction like this every year, and my experiences have included shadowing a vet in the Shetlands and working in an Aberdeenshire slaughterhouse. It enables me to see at the sharp end what the important issues are, and it gives me more time to talk to people about their concerns. This in turn can help me to be more effective in Brussels.”

He paid tribute to Neale McQuistin, saying “Neale and Janet run an excellent farm here. It is very clean and efficient.” In addition to being a well run business Airyolland farm is managed in a way that preserves habitats for Hen Harrier, Water Vole, Otter, Reed Bunting, Barn Owl, Snipe, Curlew, Skylark and other species.