16 February 1998
Fordyce Maxwell on Orkney farmers

ORKNEY farming is the focus of Fordyce Maxwells Notebook in The Scotsman.

He attends a meeting of their agricultural discussion society where he gets the impression that John Cameron, of the Scottish Beef Council, would be their choice as next president of the Scottish National Farmers Union.

He says Shapinsay farmers are very competitive when it comes to the quality of their cattle and crops.

He says when every farmer operates virtually the same system, the differences must be in management and practical skill. But it can take a keen eye to spot them.

Virtually all of the 800 or so Orkney farms, with 60,000 suckler cows, are Orkney Gold – a 20p a kilo premium scheme for top quality cattle.

  • The Scotsman 16/02/98 page 20 (Notebook)