The initiative of offering a Farm Tenancy to a new entrant to the industry for a peppercorn rent of 1 per annum, for a five year period, generated an exceptional level of interest within the rural land agency sector, writes Simon Brown of CKD Galbraith, one of the judges on the selection panel. For several years there has been much concern that as a result of low financial returns, the opportunity for new entrants to agriculture has been minimal and consequently the skill base, particularly in the livestock sector, has been diminished. 65% of farmers in Scotland are aged over 50 and it is estimated that as few as 300 agricultural employees are under 21 years of age.
At CKD Galbraith we have been pleased to play a part in this initiative that stimulated a high level of demand from those keen to get a foothold in agriculture. We've been able to advise on the challenges that both landlord and aspiring new entrants face.
John Kerr (23) the successful entrant, produced an outstanding tenancy application to achieve his ambition of being a farmer in his own right. John will take control of the 65 ha Little Cumbrae Estates Ltds farm at Newen in Kirkcudbright.
We are delighted for John - he deserves his chance.