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Mungo GuthrieMungo Guthrie - Chairman of the South of Scotland Regional Advisors

Mungo has worked within the family farming business since 1982 and is now the managing director of the 840 acre family beef and sheep farm in Darvel, Ayrshire. he sells calves as store cattle and all lambs as finished/prime lambs. Mungo is a Director of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), the Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) and is a committee member of the Ayrshire NFUS regional board and New Milns Agricultural Society. His hobbies include vintage farm machinery, skiing and socialising. Mungo is married to Marion and has three daughters. 


Billy RenwickBilly Renwick

Billy farms Craig Douglas and Blackhouse in Selkirkshire and Nether Horsburgh Farm in Peebleshire. All are hill farms. He runs 2200 pedigree Blackface ewes and 100 suckler cows. Billy is current President of the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association and immediate past Chairman of the Selkirk branch of the NFUS.


Kevin StewartKevin Stewart

Kevin farms 500 hectares on three units from a base at Sharpitlaw, Kelso. On these predominantly upland units are 2600 Highlander & Lleyn ewes as well as a  flock of pure Suffolks. Kevin is a director of Border Union Agricultural Society and is current Chairman of The Kelso Ram Sales. He is a former chair of the Suffolk Sheep Society Northern Area. Kevin works off farm as a mediator on a part time basis. 


Roddy DunseRoddy Dunse

Roddy is a partner in a veterinary practice in Castle Douglas. Since qualifying from Glasgow Vet School in 1990 he has been involved in mixed, mainly farm animal practice. His particular interests are in cattle fertility and nutrition. He has been a member of The Moredun Foundation since student days and passionately believes in Moredun’s ethos of ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Away from work, Roddy is keen hillwalker and member of the local mountain rescue team where he is very keen to champion the role of modern farming practices and their positive  impact on the rural economy and landscape to the less initiated! 


Lorraine LuescherLorraine Luescher

Lorraine grew up on a family farm in Dumfrieshire and has been farming hill sheep for the past 24 years at Sundhope near Hawick, and for 13 years at Glendinning and Megdale near Langholm. The three units carry 2900 couth country cheviot and Blackface ewes. The farms are run along traditional lines but with a strong emphasis on flock health and disease prevention. Lorraine is a member of NFU Scotland and past Chairman of Langholm branch, as well as being a member of the National Sheep Association. Her other interests include ornithology, botany and Scottish pastoral history. 


Scott BrownScott Brown

Scott works for the Dumfries based veterinary pharmacy, Murray Farmcare, as a territory manager covering Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

Scott grew up on his parent farm in Midlothian, a mixed arable unit with Texel, Suffolk and commerical ewes flocks but left the family farm in 1997 to begin a career in artificial breeding.  This involved a role at Britbreed where he specialised in AI and ET work in cattle and sheep.  In 2003 he joined the on farm sales team at R.H. Millers covering Peebles and the Scottish Borders, before taking up his role with Murray Farmcare in 2008.

Scott's interests include a pedigree flock of Suffolk sheep which he shows through the summer months, selling ram lambs at Kelso ram sales.  He is also very passionate about rugby, as a player, supporter and more recently a commentator.


John Bell

John Bell (Co-opted member)

John and family farm in East Fife. Along with the arable crops, the farm breeds and feeds cattle and sheep: so animal health and welfare is a priority in daily work. John has been a member of Scottish Government's Animal Health and Welfare Stakeholders group since 2002.  He is currently chair of QMS Beef and Lamb Farm Assurance Technical Advisory Committee. He is an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies. In his former life he completed an HND in Agriculture in Edinburgh and played for Howe of Fife RFC. 


John Scott MSPJohn Scott MSP (Co-opted member)

John farms 800 ewes and 75 suckler cows in Ballantrae, Ayrshire. John served on the South of Scotland Regional Wool Committee for four years and is also the past chairman of the Scottish Association of Farmers Markets. He is an honorary member of the BVA and an associate of the Royal Agricultural Society. John was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2000 as a member for Ayr.  He is the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Scottish Conservative Party for rural affairs and the environment. 


Johnny Mackey (Co-opted member)Johnny Mackey

Johnny is the Chief Executive of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society. A graduate of Aberdeen University, Johnny has worked at NFUS, QMS and the Luing Cattle Society. He has held the posts of director of Perth and Kinross RHET, director of the Highland Glen Producers, Chairman of HiHealth Herdcare advisory board and was also an advisor to the Pack Inquiry. Johnny is married to a vet and has three young sons.


Douglas BellDouglas Bell (Co-opted member)

Douglas Bell is Head of Industry Development at Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). He is responsible for the development and delivery of programmes of activity to improve the quality and efficiency of the primary production of red meat and its supply chain in Scotland.

A BSc Agriculture graduate of Edinburgh University, Douglas has 30 years’ experience of delivering high level management advice and training through routes ranging from consultancy and project design to facilitation and a hands-on approach.

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