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Farmers and crofters throughout Shetland came together at the weekend to show their support for the new Shetland Monitor Farm.

Over 80 people attended the first meeting at Bigton Farm, which is run by sisters Kirsty and Aimee Budge with support from their family. 

The enthusiasm of farmers to get involved in the new North Ayrshire Monitor Farm shone through at this week’s first meeting.

A great turnout of around 80 people were welcomed to Girtridge Farm, near Dundonald in Ayrshire, where host farmer 27-year-old John Howie laid out his hopes and aspirations for the project.

The hosts of Sutherland’s new monitor farm, Jason Ballantyne and his wife Vic from Clynelish Farm, are busy preparing to welcome farmers and crofters to their first open meeting next week.

The enthusiasm, honesty and willingness of the new Lochaber Monitor farm hosts to make changes to improve their business was welcomed by local farmers at an open meeting last week.

A huge turnout of around 100 people were welcomed to the lively first meeting of the new Nithsdale monitor farm.

Morayshire farmer Iain Green and his team are preparing to welcome local farmers and crofters to Corskie Farm on Wednesday 8 February for the first of a series of regular open meetings.

Two Lothians farming businesses are preparing to kick start their journey as joint hosts of a new monitor farm project.

Bill Gray, farm manager at Prestonhall Farms and Peter Eccles at Saughland Farm, both of Pathhead Midlothian, will hold the first of a series of meetings on Thursday 9 February.

Livestock farmer John Howie of Girtridge Farm, Dundonald is busy preparing to open his gates to the local farming community as part of a new Scotland wide-programme.