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Lifelong Member Recognised with Union Award

Article date: 
11 February 2013
News Article Number: 
18/13
George Murray - Miskelly Award 2013

One of NFU Scotland’s longest serving members, George Murray was named today (11 February) as the winner of the NFU Scotland Miskelly Award 2013 at the Union’s Centenary AGM in St. Andrews.

Mr Murray (92), from Morvich Farm near Rogart in Sutherland, has been a member of NFU Scotland for 70 years.  He has represented his area on hill farming matters and been branch chairman for many years.  

Mr Murray remains very active, has never missed the annual North Country Cheviot lamb sale at Lairg since the mid-1930’s and still attends the weekly livestock sale at his local Dingwall mart.

NFU Scotland’s President, Nigel Miller, took great personal delight in presenting the award to Mr Murray as his first ever farm placement as a young vet saw him regularly visit with Mr Murray and his family.

Presenting the award, Mr Miller said:

“Throughout all his life, George has retained an extraordinary enthusiasm for the industry that to this day sees him regularly attend Union meetings, local sales and farming events.

“His love of hill farming, and support for crofting in his area, is not restricted to the day-to-day issues but extends into the big picture issues that affect an industry that he loves.  But he has also shown commitment to the wider rural community and was a member of Sutherland community council for many years.

“In his own farming business, he has always strived to push the boundaries on his farm and improve performance despite the tough uncompromising location of his farm and his love for the North Country Cheviot breed has been at the heart of that.

“His drive and enthusiasm for farming is undiminished and, in our Centenary year, George and his family encapsulate so much of what is good about Scottish farming and the families at its heart.”

Notes to editors

  • George and Kay Murray and family farm at Morlich near Rogart in Sutherland.  George’s Father took on the tenancy of the farm in the mid-1930’s.  He was a member of NFU Scotland’s Hill Farming committee, a chairman of Sutherland NFUS Branch and a member of Sutherland Community Council for many years.  George still drives himself to Dingwall every Wednesday to attend the Livestock sales
  • The Miskelly award was established in memory of John Miskelly, who served as Regional Manager with the Union and was an inspirational figure through his dedication and support to the Agricultural Industry. It was kindly given by John’s family following his death in 2006.
  • A photograph of George Murray receiving his award will be available from 2.00pm on Monday, 11 February from media@nfus.org.uk tel. 0131 472 4000

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

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