Dairy cou­ple handed good prac­tice prize

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

Farm­ers from across the north and north-east at­tended a spe­cial event at the farm en­ter­prise which won the pres­ti­gious Royal North­ern Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety (RNAS) good farm­ing prac­tice award last year.

The award, which is spon­sored by Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil, was given to Roddy and An­gela Catto, of Hill­head of Muir­ton, White­cairns, near Aberdeen.

The cou­ple milk 115 cows, with all milk des­tined for Tesco via Muller, and the farm also car­ries an arable en­ter­prise, small beef suck­ler herd and in re­cent years a 200kW biomass boiler has been in­stalled.

Mr Catto is a well­known fig­ure in the re­gion and he pre­vi­ously served as NFU Scot­land’s re­gional chair­man for the north-east and as chair­man of Muller’s pro­ducer group.

They were given the award by judge Martin Birse, who man­ages Pit­gaveny Farms, near El­gin.

He praised the Cat­tos for their ef­forts to im­prove their qual­ity of life by in­stalling sec­ond-hand ro­botic milk­ers and said he was im­pressed by the drive to di­ver­sify their busi­ness and cre­ate ad­di­tional in­come streams.

Pho­to­graphs by: Kami Thom­son

Ali­son Argo, Provost Bill Howat­son, Heather and Andy Ma­son.

Pat Im­lah, Ryan Cum­ming and Ron­nie Cum­ming

Cal­lum Simpson, Lorna Pater­son, Alan Simpson

David McCart­ney, David Win­ton and Sandy Brown

Award win­ners An­gela and Roddy Catto

Joe and Moira David­son

Jim Petrie and Hazel Kennedy

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