North of Scotland
Willie Stewart - Chairman of the North of Scotland Regional Advisors
Willie graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 1973 and gained the Certificate in Sheep Health and Production in 1987. He worked in large animal vet practice in Easter Ross and Orkney before joining the State Veterinary Service, now AHVLA, in 1990, working in Stranraer, then Orkney. He has been involved in Scrapie eradication in Orkney and Shetland, and on long distance sea transportation of sheep and cattle from the islands to Aberdeen. Willie is a past chairman of the Orkney Agricultural Discussion Society and a past president of the local Rotary club and coach children to play rugby.
Ian qualified as a vet in 1979 from The Royal (Dick) Vet School in Edinburgh. Since graduation he has worked at Thrums Vet Group, a mixed practice in Kirriemuir, Angus. Ian’s main interest is in sheep health and he obtained the Certificate in Sheep Health and Production in 1987. Ian is a past President of the Sheep Veterinary Society and has been involved in local sheep scab and tick control programmes as well as helping to develop sheep health planning nationally. in 2011 he helped set up a local training group called Agritrain to assist in knowledge exchange with the farming and veterinary community. He is also involved in communicating the SCOPS message to vets, farmers and SQPs across Scotland.
Rod has been involved in promoting performance recording in sheep since 1988. He is a past Chairman of NSA (Scottish Region) Northern Pastoral Club, Past President and Honourary Treasurer of The Black Isle Farmers Society and is currently chief Sheep Steward at The Black Isle Show. Rod was one of the Scottish Representatives on the NSP committee and runs a flock of North Country Cheviots and a small flock of Zwartbles on the family farm in the Black Isle. Non agricultural interests are local history and geography as well as being an aspiring bee-keeper.
Sandy has been a farmer all his life, working in family partnership since 1968 on leaving school. He runs 150 suckler cows, mainly salers and 600 ewes, mainly Lleyn crosses and Lairg type cheviots. All; calves are sold as store and all lambs are finished off the farm. Sandy is the recent past chairman of the NFUS LFA committee and still represents the LFA committee at regional level. He is a regional advisor for NFU Mutual and is very interested in preserving and promoting Scottish hill farming.
Kevin was born on the Isle of Lewis. He has a honours degree in Genetics from the University of Aberdeen and worked on fish farms and a pharmaceutical company before taking up post with Lewis Crofters Ltd in 2005. Kevin is a SQP and an active crofter on the island with 150 breeding sheep and a few cows. He has held positions with the Crofting Foundation and his local Agricultural Show and is presently a Director of the Long Island Auction Mart and an area rep with the Lewis and Harris Sheep Producers Association. Outside of crofting Kevin enjoys playing sport, particularly football, rugby and shinty.
Bill has been employed in Farm Management for the last 30 years and has vast experience running large mixed farm businesses. He currently manages Arnbathie Farm in Perthshire, a 1000 acre site including 200 cows and heifers calved, 200 stores purchased, 600 ewes lambed and 700 lambs purchased, 320 acres spring barley and land let for potatoes. Outside of work Bill's hobbies include photography and growing vegetables.
Bobby joined the family partnership at Shantron and Shemore Farms after graduating with a HNDA from Auchincruive in 1974.The farm is a 4000 acre hill sheep farm carrying 1500 ewes and 30 suckler cows, with all lambs being sold direct to abattoir and the calves sold store through the market. After a 6 month Young Farmers Exchange to New Zealand in 1979, Bobby started performance recording the Blackface flock, and was one of the founder members of the Blackface Sire Reference Scheme, (now the Maternal Sheep Group) of which he was Vice Chairman.
Bobby was a past National Chairman of the SAYFC, and was appointed in November 2014 as their new Vice President. Bobby has been a Branch and Area Chairman of the NFU, and is still a member of the LFA committee.Bobby is also on the advisory committee of RHET, and a board member of Highland Glen.
In his spare time Bobby's hobbies include motorcycle trials, (he used to be in a motorcycle display team), but his main interest is sailing, having restored an old wooden yacht with his son in law, and enjoying cruising round the Firth of Clyde and Crinan and is a regularly catamaran club racer.
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