VIDEO: Scottish Young Farmers in a buoyant mood

It’s not often that a financial loss is described as having done a “power of good”, but the man in charge of SAYFC is adamant that the tough lessons learned from its 2009 crisis have put the organisation “on track”.

Membership is still low at around 3,000 and there’s no guarantee that the Scottish government’s essential annual grant of £66,000 will be renewed after 2012, but national chairman Allan Grant says that bud-gets are now being better managed at all levels of the organisation.

“The crisis was serious, but it has done us the world of good,” he says. “It has made everyone more responsible and aware of the cost of running competitions, hiring venues and pricing tickets. We’ve had to cut activities which weren’t being well enough supported and we’re now turning our attention to sponsorship.”