Free event focuses on future of young farmers

Norette Ferns

NFU Scotland are inviting young farmers to a free event which will focus on the future of young farmers in Dumfries and Galloway.

The event at Laggan Outdoor, Gatehouse of Fleet on 18 May will centre on the question: If the average age of a farmer in Dumfries and Galloway was 35, would things be different?

Gary Mitchell, Regional Chairman for Dumfries and Galloway will chair the event, which will explore the future of the younger farmer and next generation in the region whilst sharing opinions, ideas and ambitions. 

Mr Mitchell said:

"The idea behind this one day event is to inspire young farmers – and young people who work on farms - into planning their future instead of waiting for it. If the average age of a Dumfries and Galloway farmer was 35 - it’s currently 55 plus - would things be different?

"We have four great young farmers from across the sector sharing how they set out to do things different. We know succession is a major issue in many farms. The younger you are when you get to make decisions, the more time you've got to correct the wrong ones."

Four young and inspiring individuals will speak about what they have done and how they have overcome challenges, with break-out sessions following later in the day. Dinner will be provided and there will be a tour of Laggan Outdoor.

Booking is essential, contact Teresa Dougall, NFU Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Regional Manager on 07718 425053 or email

Visit the NFU Scotland website for more information.