Kilt Gets an Air­ing

Di­arist Don­ald MacSween is short­listed for Young Crofter of the Year; he starts to re­fo­cus his busi­ness and con­cen­trate on na­tive sheep breeds; while two new wind-bust­ing poly­crubs are set to ap­pear on his croft

Country Smallholding - - Inside This -

By Don­ald MacSween

Au­tumn is usu­ally my busiest time of year, with lambs be­ing sold, meat be­ing ad­ver­tised and sheep chang­ing hands. It’s cer­tainly ex­cit­ing. In ad­di­tion to that, I had a wee pick me up this year with the news that I had been short­listed for Young Crofter of the Year. The Scot­tish Croft­ing Fed­er­a­tion (SCF) runs this award and I was nom­i­nated by a lo­cal de­vel­op­ment man­ager. I was pleas­antly sur­prised to hear that I am one of two up for the award.

The SCF hosts the awards night this month in Rothes, Mo­rayshire, about an hour east of In­ver­ness. I’ll dust off my kilt and head out for the event, which runs over two days and has a pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties which I’m look­ing for­ward to.

It cer­tainly isn’t easy for the wider croft­ing com­mu­nity to meet up and share ideas, so get­ting to­gether with like-minded folk will be time well spent. Fin­gers crossed that my up­date af­ter the event is pos­i­tive.

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