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Next Generation

NFU Scotland strives to represent the interests of all farmers and crofters across Scotland no matter their sector or background. The Union’s Next 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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Jenny Brunton

Jenny Brunton
Policy Manager - CAP Schemes and Post Brexit Agricultural Policy

T:   0131 472 4053
M:  07823 348963
E:  jenny.brunton@nfus.org.uk

 
Mark Donald

Mark Donald
Next Generation Chairman

To contact Mark, please email jenny.brunton@nfus.org.uk
NFU Scotland is committed to seeing farming and crofting in Scotland grow and prosper and we believe the best way to guarantee success in the future is to invest our time in the next generation. In a time of uncertainty, it has never been more important to encourage talent and innovation within industry and we are fortunate in Scotland to have a wealth of enthusiastic individuals from a variety of backgrounds all keen to enter and succeed in farming.
 
The Next Generation Committee is the means through which we encourage this. The Committee is comprised of a diverse range of young farmers, new entrant farmers and crofters who meet regularly to discuss opportunities and challenges for their peers and seeking to enter or continue farming in order to influence positive change and speak with one voice.  The Committee’s Chairman is Mark Donald and Sarah Allison was recently elected as Vice Chairperson for the group in order to support Mark in his role and encourage further change.

NFU Scotland recently accepted the Committee’s request to have a presence in all policy committee meetings, which means the Next Gen group’s voice will have the opportunity to be present in every committee meeting held by NFU Scotland from Pigs to Poultry and from LFA to Combinable Crops.

We are always keen to hear from Next Generation farmers and crofters in order to support them grow and prosper so do get in touch with NFU Scotland’s Next Gen Policy Manager Jenny Brunton if you want to find out more.

Meet NFU Scotland’s Next Generation Chairman

New Gen Committee meeting at the Rural Centre, Ingliston - 24 May 2017

Our most recent committee meeting including SAYFC who were invited to discuss ways of working together in future.

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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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