Nigel farms 1500 acres in partnership with two of his sons in the Scottish Borders. The upland hill farm supports 180 cows and 940 breeding ewes. Traditional beef breeds are the basis of the beef enterprise. Aberdeen Angus cross steers are sold through the auction ring with heifers being marketed privately for bulling. The sheep flock is founded on Lairg type Cheviots.
Nigel, a former vet, started his NFU Scotland career as Chairman of the West Berwick Branch and is a past Chairman of the Livestock Committee. Nigel was Vice-President of NFUS from March 2007 and President from 2011 – 2015.