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NFU Scotland strives to represent the interests of all farmers and crofters across Scotland no matter their sector or background. The Union’s New Generation Committee, led by farmer Mark Donald, meets regularly to discuss how the Union can assist and represent those younger farmers, and those entering the industry and the policies and issues that affect them.

 
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Lindsey Macdonald
Food Policy & Campaigns Officer

T:   0131 472 4052
M:  07920 424328
E:  lindsey.macdonald@nfus.org.uk

 
Mark Donald

Mark Donald
New Generation Chairman

To contact Mark, please email lindsey.macdonald@nfus.org.uk

On a recent visit to the west of Scotland, Policy Manager Lindsey Macdonald met with Mark on his farm at Rhynaclach, Port of Mentieth, to meet him following her recent appointment and to discuss the way forward for the Committee.

Mark believes the New Generation Committee need to be at the forefront of the industry. The committee offers a strong voice for young and new farmers operating in a challenging environment.

Mark has farmed 63Ha grassland at Rhynaclach, Port of Mentieth with his fiancé Harriet since 2013.  The business started from seasonal lets before taking up this opportunity and the couple now run 500+ commercial ewes producing fat and store lambs and are seeking to start a pedigree cattle enterprise. Mark is a part-time contract stockman for 90 head hill beef herd managed for biodiversity gain as well as being agriculturally productive. He also shears during the summer.

Mark was brought up on mixed units in the Angus Glens before studying Animal Science at Aberdeen University. In his working career he has worked in a variety of systems – pig, beef and sheep units from mountain blackfaces to low ground pedigrees all over the UK.


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