Union Honours Member for Decades of Dedication

An Argyll farmer’s dedication and commitment to NFU Scotland, over a thirty-year period, has been rewarded at the Union’s AGM in St Andrews today (Friday, 19 February).

Bert Leitch of Lagganulva Farm, Mull was awarded the John Miskelly award, which recognises outstanding contribution to NFU Scotland.

The 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.

NFU Scotland President Jim McLaren, who presented the award to Bert Leitch at the Union’s AGM in St Andrews said:

“Bert Leitch is a fantastic example of an ordinary hard-working hill farmer who, for much of his life, has been prepared to put considerable time aside to represent the interests of his fellow producers and to promote the industry that he is proud to be part of.

“He has made a telling contribution to the work of NFU Scotland and I am delighted to be able to reward such dedication with this award. He began working with the Union as the Chairman of the Mull branch before moving into the role of Chairman of the Argyll & the Islands Regional Board. He is now a member of the Crofting Highland & Islands Committee and has been at the forefront of crucial issues such as LFASS and LMOs.

“Only last year he was involved in activity which saw the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, and his officials visit Mull to discuss the importance of the continuation of active farming in the area. This kind of activity exemplifies the importance of his work for the Union and its members.

“Bert plays a prominent role in his community and is involved in the Argyll & Bute Agricultural Forum as well as being a Community Council Representative. He also spends time recruiting members to NFU Scotland.

“Quite simply Bert has contributed decades of work to NFU Scotland, striving to secure a better future for his fellow farmers, Scottish agriculture and NFU Scotland. It speaks volumes that he was nominated not only by those in his local area, but by other members across the country. The very existence of NFU Scotland depends on members showing this kind of dedication and commitment, and I am delighted to be able to award someone who typifies the John Miskelly award so well.”


  • Photographs of the award ceremony are available from Ashley Handy on request: 0131 472 4030 or e:
  • John Miskelly worked with NFU Scotland for more than ten years as Area Secretary for Aberdeen and Kincardine and Regional Manager for the North East and East Central. He held posts with numerous other agricultural organisations and was also a tireless volunteer in the local community.


Contact Ashley Handy on 0131 472 4030

Date Published:

News Article No.: 30/10

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