Dairy couple handed good practice prize
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.
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