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Young farmer focus: Bruce Keillor - 'Never be afraid of saying yes to anything'

Bruce Keillor, 23 is from Forfar, Angus and works as the lead tractor man on a 850ha arable farm at Brechin and Forfar.

Farm

 

Last month we finished spring sowing in what I have seen to be the best conditions so far in my time working on the farm.

 

All heavy land that was ploughed in the winter early broke down really well with plenty of moisture still being held in the soil.

 

Having increased our winter cropping this year it took a little pressure off us at spring time having just under 350 hectares of winter cereals split between 245ha of winter wheat and 105ha of winter oilseed rape.

 

All winter crops are looking good with first applications of liquid fertiliser being applied earlier.

 

With spring sowing complete and 121ha of spring barley and 160ha of spring oats all rolled and up to date, we will now move onto the potato planting.

 

We help the neighbouring farm with the planting and are hoping this weather stays the same for the next month.


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Young Farmers

 

I have been an active member of Forfar Junior Agricultural Club for a number of years.

 

Stepping up to chairman this year seemed like it would be a challenge with the Covid-19 pandemic impact on meetings and socialising.

 

But as the vaccine rolls out and restrictions ease, we were able to start holding meetings again, adhering to the rules and regulations, which was great.

 

We have started our summer syllabus, getting off to a great start with an informative meeting from Eric Anderson and Stevie Gray from Scottish Agronomy who give members food for thought in ’How to Stay Profitable in the Face of Change’.

 

Opportunities

 

The Scottish Association of Young Farmer’s Clubs has also provided tremendous opportunities for travel and I had the chance to go on the Rural Affairs Tour to the south of England and Wales where I met people from all walks of life.

 

My most memorable moment with young farmers has to be winning Best Comedy Act at the east region cabaret in which I played one of the ugly step sisters and our team came second that year.

 

I have gained confidence by competing in these types of competitions and have learned to never be afraid of saying yes to anything.

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