Cattle Society Boost For Retired Farmer Network In Dumfries And Galloway

Jill Rennie, Mark Thomson and Willie Dunlop

The successful Retired Farming Social Group in Dumfries and Galloway has received a four-figure boost as it continues to grow its support for retired farmers and farm workers in the region.


At the recent Luing Cattle Society’s Annual Sale at Wallets Mart in Castle Douglas, their new chairman Mark Thomson (centre) presented Jill Rennie (left) and Willie Dunlop (right) from the Retired Farming Social Group with a cheque for £1000. The donation had been raised from the Society’s raffle held the previous night at its AGM and annual dinner in the Market Inn Hotel, Castle Douglas where Jill and Willie gave a brief history of the Retired Farming Social Group.


Thanking the cattle society for their generosity, Jill said ” As the group is now independent, this donation will go a long way in helping it to develop further and enable the growing number of members to participate in more outings.  We would like to thank all the members, particularly the chairman Mark, the secretary Una MacQueen and Neil McGowan who suggested the Retired Farming Social Group for the donation.”


Teresa Dougall, NFUS Director of Regions and Dumfries & Galloway Regional Manager added: “The Retired Farming Group has come a long way in just over a year and it is fantastic to see it being rewarded by others.  I recently met with Jill to discuss future funding for the group and believe there is great potential to encourage local businesses and groups to get involved and secure a long future for them.”