Scotland’s Farming – The Next Generation

Drive through our countryside and you’ll most likely be driving through farm land: on Scot Gov stats, agriculture accounts for over 70% of all Scotland’s land area … from grassland and grazing for the rearing of livestock to land used for crops, woodland and aquaculture.

At the forefront of our farming industry is a group of young farmers – the National Farmer’s Union of Scotland’s (NFUS) Next Generation. They’re helping to shape the future of Scotland’s farming and crofting. In some businesses, the ‘future’ entails forecasting the next year or two. In farming, the NextGen group are tasked with looking more than a decade down the line.

Here, two of the group tell us a little about themselves and their passion for farming and crofting in Scotland … even more apt as we are in Scotland’s Year of Young People.

An eye on farming’s future …

Stephen Melville’s family have farmed at Cuplahills in north east Fife for three generations. He’s a new breed of farmer: one that not only runs and manages a farm – but also works externally as a senior consultant – at Laurence Gould based in their Dunfermline office. We visited to discover what makes him tick – and to look at the conservation work he’s delivering that benefits not only his farm but also his local community …

Our Countryside Stars …

We have been delighted to see the outstanding work being done by those who live and work in our countryside on recent TV shows on the BBC …

Scotland’s Brewing Up A Storm

Hands up who likes a tipple? Beer? Gin? Whisky? Scotland is leading the way in drink innovation for home and overseas markets. We take a look at one area that has become the focus for many an imbiber …