All change at local sheep group
A senior representative of the crofting community has hailed the interest being shown by the younger age group.
Iain MacIver, the Western Isles Crofting Commissioner, was speaking after stepping down as chair of the Lewis and Harris Sheep Producers Association, a role he has undertaken for a number of years.
At the recent annual general meeting of the association, it was decided that Mr MacIver be replaced as chairman by Donald MacKinnon, a 25-year-old crofter from Arnol who has just recently been installed as chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation.
Mr MacIver commented on the financial turnaround of the association through increased membership.
The main activity of the group is organising sheep scanning, which is increasing in popularity every year, but they also carry out various other activities, such as stock judging competitions and fund-raising events. They also arrange visits to the mainland to various farms and events.
The recent AGM was conducted through Zoom, with a good turnout present.
Handing over to Mr MacKinnon, Mr MacIver said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in the group over the years. It’s certainly had its ups and downs but a very worthwhile journey for most of us.
“We’ve seen a growing interest in the younger age group and it would be great to see that continuing.
" It’s really refreshing when you to the mart, or any event that involves livestock, and you see a high number of young people showing an interest. It certainly gives you a real sense of optimism going forward.”