2 April 1999


BISTO, or more formally Ranglewood Ramsoms, the long-haired dachshund featured in Farmlife (Mar 5) had a very successful visit to Crufts. Judges at the prestigious dog show placed him second in his class to the delight of his owner Elizabeth Garlick who farms near Marple, Cheshire.

THE national vintage tractor charity road run is being held in Scotland for the first time and more than 300 entries are expected for the 26-mile event in Ayrshire on Apr 4.

The route includes many local historic features, the electric brae which is an optical illusion and will give drivers the impression of freewheeling uphill, and the Carrick Hills which rise to 3000ft.

"Forty tractors are coming from Ireland, and others from as far apart of Somerset, Abergavenny, and Orkney. Four Americans are coming over especially for the event and they will share the driving of one of the tractors," says organiser John Caldwell of the Ayrshire Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club.

WELSH farmers daughter Dwynwen Roberts has won this years NFU Mutual Travelling Scholarship and she intends to use it for a three-month study tour of Australia.

During her trip, organised by the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, Dwynwen will be staying with farmers and finding out how they and their families cope with the stresses and strains of modern day farming. On her return, Dwynwen, who is secretary of Ysbyty Ifan YFC, will produce a report on her experiences and give talks to Welsh YFC members.

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