At today’s NFU Scotland Council meeting in Dunblane, Jim McLaren
was elected as the new President of NFU Scotland. Jim’s current
term of office will last two years. Also elected alongside Jim were
two new Vice Presidents, Nigel Miller and Stewart Wood. Both Vice
Presidents will serve a term of one year.
The biographical details are as follows:
Jim McLaren: Age 39 and married with two sons, two daughters and two stepdaughters,
Jim is a mixed arable and dairy farmer, with 130 Holstein Friesian cows.
All young stock are kept for replacements or finished on farm. His arable
unit, growing winter wheat, winter oilseed rape, spring barley and land
let out for potatoes, extends to 1000 acres in Perthshire. The business
is a mix of full tenancy, limited partnership, owner-occupier and contract
farming. Jim has served on the Milk Committee since 1999, holding the position
of Chairman in 2003. He was also Chairman of Crieff Branch. He has been
Vice- President since March 2006.
Nigel Miller: Married with four children, Nigel farms 1200 acres in the
Borders. The upland hill farm supports 150 cows and 800 breeding ewes. Traditional
beef breeds are the basis of the beef enterprise. Aberdeen Angus cross steers
are sold through the auction ring with heifers being marketed privately
for bulling. The sheep flock is founded on Lairg type Cheviots. Nigel, a
former vet, started his NFU Scotland career as Chairman of the West Berwick
Branch. Prior to being elected as Vice President, he was Chairman of the
Stewart Wood: Married with two sons, Stewart runs Garson Farms, as a family
partnership. Prior to being elected as Vice President, Stewart was chairman
of the Orkney and Shetland region of the NFUS. Stewart’s unit extends
to 209 hectares. The farm is predominantly in grassland, with around 40
hectares of spring barley grown each year. All of the grain and straw are
used on farm. Stocking comprises a herd of 170 suckler cows (including a
small pedigree Charolais herd). All progeny are finished on farm. A sheep
flock of 200 ewes is also carried on the farm, with a further 150-200 store
lambs bought annually.
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