22 November 1999
Top wool producer pledges quality

EWEN ROBERTSON, Britains wool producer of the year, is portrayed as a hill sheep-farmer determined to maintain quality standards in the face of tough financial odds in The Scotsman.

He has become the only the second Scot to win the British Wool Marketing Boards annual wool producer of the year award — for which the UKs 78,000 registered wool growers are eligible.

But Mr Robertson, who farms nearly 1052ha (2600 acres) in a family partnership at Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, is surviving on the back of subsidies which account for three-fifths of his total income.

He said the key to his success in getting the award was taking “pride in what we do and how we present the wool”. He has a 1000-strong flock of blackface sheep comprising 845 ewes and 225 ewe hoggs.