24 August 1998
Hill farmer caught in the prices slump
THE SCOTSMAN profiles Andy Hamilton, the outgoing president of the Scottish National Fatstock Club.
The hill farming business is arguably in its worst crisis for years. Mr Hamilton, who runs 2023ha (5000 acres) in Dumfriesshire, reflects on his concerns about its problems.
“One thing that worries me is the feedback to local members. I fear they might feel more remote than at the moment. My worry is where the feedback is going to come from.”
He has also served on the Scottish National Farmers Union livestock and hill farming committees and was the president of the Dumfries and Stewartry area of 1988.
- Hill farmers under threat from “mindless bureaucrats”, FWi, 18 August, 1998
- Scottish farming “verging on the apocalyptic”, FWi, 17 August, 1998
- Hill and upland farming in crisis, FWi, 11 August, 1998
- The Scotsman 24/08/98 page 14