Farm­ing

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - FARMING -

Young farm­ers from across the north and north-east of Scot­land have taken part in var­i­ous trac­tor chal­lenges to raise funds for char­ity.

First up, a group of 40 mem­bers from all three young farm­ers clubs in Orkney took part in a trac­tor pull from Strom­ness to Kirk­wall.

It took the group five hours to pull the Ford­son Dexta Trac­tor along the 15mile jour­ney. A group of 13 pulled the trac­tor at any given time, with 10 pulling at the front and three push­ing at the back.

“It rained a lot of the way but didn’t dampen our spir­its. Ev­ery­thing went smoothly through­out the day with no hic­cups at all,” said Orkney Dis­trict club sec­re­tary Erin Stout.

“There were a few tougher parts where we had to travel up braes but the ma­jor­ity of the way was quite flat. When we made it to Kirk­wall around 2pm, we then went up the street to catch shop­pers and tourists from the cruise liner that was in on the day. De­spite just hav­ing walked 15 miles, the mem­bers took a burst of run­ning as they came up Broad Street. I think every­one was pretty achy af­ter the day, but it was well worth it for the amount that we have raised.”

In to­tal the Orkney young farm­ers raised just over £2,000 for two char­i­ties – ru­ral hard­ship char­ity RSABI and lo­cal men­tal health char­ity the Orkney Blide Trust.

Mean­while, the north re­gion of the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Young Farm­ers’ Clubs (SAYFC), took part in a vin­tage trac­tor re­lay to raise funds for char­i­ties.

The four-day drive in­cluded five vin­tage trac­tors each tak­ing part in a sec­tion of the route from Lau­rencekirk to Kirk­wall – trav­el­ling more than 300 miles in to­tal.

The driv­ers who took part in the chal­lenge in­cluded: Derek An­der­son from Mearns JAC; Stephen Ed­die from Vale of Al­ford JAC; Ai­dan Ste­wart from Strath­bo­gie JAC; Michael Gunn from Forss YFC; Greg Robert­son and Mur­ray Coghill from Bower YFC; and Cameron Lin­klater from Sand­wick YFC.

SAYFC north re­gion chair­woman Kim Tay­lor said: “A huge part of SAYFC is en­gag­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and this is why we de­cided to hold the trac­tor run from Lau­rencekirk to Kirk­wall, rais­ing money for Cash for Kids and Are Ewe Ok – SAYFC’s metal health cam­paign, while rais­ing the pro­file of Young Farm­ers in the north.

“The run it­self was very suc­cess­ful. The weather mostly held out for us and thank­fully there were no break­downs.

“It was great to get a toot or a wave from fel­low road users.

So far more than £1,000 has been raised.

Fur­ther do­na­tions can be made on­line at https:// my­do­nate.bt.com/events/ north­trac­tor­run.

BY GEMMA MACKEN­ZIE

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