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Meet the farmers honoured in the Queen's birthday list


Prominent Fife farmer and agricultural politician John Cameron and QMS chairman Jim McClaren both received honours.

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'Whatever he turns his hand to he ends up making a significant contribution' - Farmers honoured in Queen's birthday list

Prominent Fife farmer and agricultural politician John Cameron CBE has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at the University of St Andrews just a few miles from his home farm of Balbuthie.


The degree has been awarded for his contributions to agriculture, transport and education.


Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren also received an MBE.


At the graduation ceremony in the University’s Younger Hall laureator Professor Russell Morris introduced Dr Cameron as being for many years the most important sheep farmer in Europe.




He said: “As well as farming in Fife and Perthshire, he served on many governmental and regulatory bodies, including the European Agricultural Presidium, based in Brussels. He chairman of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers, and the European Union Sheepmeat Committee. He has also served as President of Scottish National Farmers Union.


“John Cameron’s concerns also extend to international farming, and he has a very strong interest in Africa, and in particular in Malawi.”


A winner of the Headley prize for his contribution to livestock breeding he is currently President of the Moredun Foundation.


Dr Cameron’s contribution to rail transport was also recognised. He has served on the British Rail board, was chairman of Scotrail and a director of South West Trains. He is a qualified train driver owning two steam locomotives, the Union of South Africa and the Great Marquess.


In 2015 to mark the opening of the reinstated Borders Line, he was the driver of the train that carried Her Majesty the Queen from Edinburgh to Tweedbank . Dr Cameron has already received an honorary degree from Napier University for his contribution to safety on the railways.


Referring to Dr Cameron’s commitment to education Prof Morris said, “He was a governor at Dollar Academy for 40 years including 30 years as chairman of the Board. Along with his wife Margaret, he set up the Cameron Trust, a fund that, amongst other things, gives money for school pupils and young farmers to travel abroad to gain experience.”


“John Cameron is the epitome of the local boy done good. Whatever he turns his hand to he ends up making a significant contribution.”

Jim McClaren MBE

Jim McClaren MBE

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) chairman Jim McLaren has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Mr McLaren (49), who farms in Perthshire, has been chairman of QMS since 2011, after serving as President of NFU Scotland from 2007 to 2011.


He is a director of NFU Mutual and a director of Angus Cereals. He has also served on the board of SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) and is a trustee of The Cameron Trust.


Mr McLaren, is married to Shona and has two sons, two daughters and two step-daughters. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by SRUC in November 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS).


A few years ago he led a project to create a memorial to the Land Girls who helped feed the nation by working on farms during the Second World War.


Mr McLaren said: “It has been a huge privilege for me to have worked in, and for, the Scottish agricultural industry in the various roles I have undertaken to date.


“I am immensely proud of our industry and particularly of the people, the length and breadth of our country, who dedicate their lives to producing safe, nutritious food in a way which enriches Scotland’s environment.”

Roger Evans, of Lydbury North, was awarded an OBE for services to the UK Dairy Industry and local community. Mr Evans is a long term contributor to FG sister title Dairy Farmer.


Professor Laura Green, University of Warwick, leader, research group in the School of Life Sciences, was awarded an OBE for services to the health and welfare of farmed livestock.


William James Campbell, from County Down, received an OBE for services to agriculture.


Catherine Brenda Mccallum, director of rural affairs, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland Executive was awarded an OBE for services to Government and the community.


Professor Christopher Trevor Elliott, pro-vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen's University, Belfast was awarded an OBE for services to the Agri-Food Supply Chain.

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