4 October 1999
Part-time farming is rung on ladder
PART-TIME farming as a way for young people to gain a foothold in agriculture is examined by The Scotsman today.
The article is based on experience of Keith Irving, who moved into agriculture part-time from a job in forestry.
Today, he has 64ha (160 acres) of ploughable land, supporting a 60-strong suckler beef herd.
Mr Irving is also chairman of the Scottish National Farmers Unions Argyll and Islands Regional Board.