Farm­ers crit­i­cise in­dus­try’s ne­glect

Stirling Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

With the war fo­cus­ing at­ten­tion on the need for the coun­try to feed it­self, farm­ers met in Stir­ling.

The gath­er­ing in the Golden Lion Ho­tel was for the pur­pose of set­ting up a lo­cal branch of the Na­tional Farm­ers Union Scot­land.

James McFar­lane, Ox­hill, Buch­lyvie, presided over a good at­ten­dance, al­though dis­ap­point­ment was ex­pressed at the small rep­re­sen­ta­tion of farm­ers from the im­me­di­ate neigh­bour­hood.

Mr Ma­cauley, Turn­law, Cam­bus­lang, a mem­ber of the union’s cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive, said farm­ers had been slow to recog­nise the ben­e­fits of or­gan­is­ing them­selves and “only had to think of the past to re­alise they had been

“If en­cour­age­ment had been given to the agri­cul­tural pop­u­la­tion in the ru­ral districts they would have been able to meet the de­mands of the present day.

“It would have gone a long way to fur­ther­ing the coun­try’s cause and bring­ing about the vic­tory which is so much de­sired.”

Mem­ber­ship of the union was around 4000 and branches had been formed from Wig­town to Orkney.

Mr Ma­cauley said only by or­gan­is­ing them­selves would they stop leg­is­la­tors from tak­ing ad­van­tage of them at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

Mr Oswald, North­field, Denny, pres­i­dent of the Denny branch of the union, said 25 per cent more cat­tle could be grazed in his area if ver­min were cleared from it.

The chair­man pointed out farm­ers had per­mis­sion to de­stroy deer and rab­bits on their land.

And Mr Ma­cauley said “any man who pro­duced crops should have the power to de­stroy any­thing which in­jured crops”.

It was agreed to form a branch of the union in Stir­ling and the fol­low­ing seven farm­ers were ap­pointed to make the ar­range­ments: Mr Bryce, West­wood; M Car­rick, the Baad; Mr Peat­tie, North Third; Mr Thom­son, Manor Neuk; Mr John­ston, Newmills; James McLaren, Al­ton; and James Pater­son, Burn­bank.

AC Buchanan, sec­re­tary of Stir­ling Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, urged all lo­cal farm­ers to join and added that one of the first mat­ters they should ad­dress was the dif­fi­culty pro­duc­ers had in se­cur­ing a per­mit to sell their hay.

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