Alistair has spent the last two years based in Perth working for a specialist grouse moor Management Company but has now returned to work where his passion lies in agriculture. Alistair was brought up on his family dairy and sheep farm in Central Scotland and has worked on a number of farms, in various sectors throughout Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.
He joins the firm at a time when many rural businesses are facing extremely tough times following unforgiving weather, low commodity prices and delays in subsidy payments and he recognises the pressures which rural businesses face at this time.
I am thrilled to be back at CKD Galbraith, based at Stirling Agricultural Centre, where I am relishing the new role and challenges which lie ahead. I am very much focusing on the valuation aspect of the business and am looking forward to strengthening that part of the business along with my colleagues. I know all too well of the issues which farmers are facing at present and recognise the problems faced by many in terms of cash flow and working capital and funding for expansion and diversification.
Robert Taylor, partner and head of AMC (Agricultural Mortgage Corporation) agency at CKD Galbraith, added
Alistair was a highly valued member of the rural team previously but he re-joins the firm with an additional two years of experience and having specialised in estates management.
The agricultural industry is currently facing a high degree of uncertainty, farmers are unsure about cash flow, basic payments, commodity prices and cap reforms. Alistair and the rest of the rural team specialise in a number of areas and can offer advice on everything from the timetable of payments; to whole farm reviews; tailored agricultural business loans; valuations; sales and acquisitions.
Farm sales figures for 2015 reveal that CKD Galbraith sold in excess of 60.5million worth of agricultural property throughout the year, totalling some 16,980 acres. This is an impressive 30% increase in acreage sold compared to 2014 and a rise of 13.5% in sales value. The firm also sold 57,092 acres of Scottish estates in 2015 with a sales value of just over 30.7million.
From its 11 offices across Scotland, CKD Galbraith manages and provides advice on farm, forestry, land and estate interests totalling some three million acres.