Government cash to boost wood business

Nigel Miller
Nigel Miller

National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland chairman Nigel Miller and his sons Andy and Malcolm of Stagehall Farm, Stow are to receive nearly £35,000 from the Scottish Government’s Rural Priorities Fund.

The money will be used to build a new shed and buy machinery for the family’s wood fuel processing, drying and marketing business.

Mr Miller said: “This will help woodland management through the development of a new market for local wood products and improve the environment from increased availability of a sustainable low carbon fuel with minimum timber miles.”

The Millers run 175 suckler cows and 950 Lairg type Cheviot ewes and grow spring barley and triticale as feed on their 550-hectare upland farm.

Qualified vet Nigel is a past chairman of NFU Scotland’s livestock committee and has been the union’s president since 2011.

Meanwhile the Scottish Beef Association is holding a farm walk at Crailinghall Farm, Jedburgh tonight when liver and rumen fluke and Schmallenberg will be discussed.

The Scottish Mule Association is holding an open day at Crookston Farm, Heriot on Sunday from 12 noon when there will be stock-judging, novelty competitions and a farm walk.

And local winners at the Great Yorkshire Show were: Bryan, Ian and Tom Walling, Over Whitlaw, Selkirk - champion Lleyn, reserve Belted Galloway; Ron and Robert Wilson, Cowbog, Kelso - champion Hereford; Whittaker Farms, Stickle Heaton, Cornhill - champion Charolais, reserve Aberdeen Angus,