16 February 1996

Machinery ring to hire labour

INCREASING demand for casual labour on farms has led a Scottish machinery ring into establishing a new company to meet the need.

Last year, the North East Machinery Ring, which covers the north of Scotland from Nairn to Aberdeen, supplied 30,000 man hours to its 310 members over a range from general farm work to lambing and relief milking.

"It has been the fastest growing side of our business in the past couple of years and now adds up to the equivalent of 15 full-time farm employees," said manager Ronnie Lamont when he launched Rural Services Ltd at the rings headquarters in Huntly this week.

"The new company has been formed following an extensive survey of the labour and skills requirements of farms and businesses in the north-east."

The ring has also launched Landwise Training Ltd, a separate company to handle the training needs of the increasing number of self-employed and casual workers, and to expand the companys training in other industries. &#42