A diversified Aberdeenshire dairy farm is in the running for a top award.
Rora Dairy, which is run by Bruce and Jane Mackie at Middleton of Rora, near Peterhead, is one of three finalists for this year’s Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year Award.
The couple diversified to launch their own yoghurt brand and they are currently in the process of converting to organic milk production for their 220 dairy cows.
The other two farms vying for the award are the Yates family’s East Logan Farm at Castle Douglas where a 280 cow herd of pedigree Holsteins and 17 Jerseys are milked three tims a day, and the Watson family’s Laigh Tarbet, at Cummnock, where cows are milked using five robotic milkers.
Award convener and AgriScot director, Gilmour Lawrie, said: “The award aims to showcase best practice and innovative thinking to the wider industry, and I am confident that all three finalist farms can do that.
“The dairy sector has certainly not been without its challenges in recent years and the way that our three finalists have adapted or improved to meet and overcome such challenges is inspirational.
“Any of them would be worthy recipients of the Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year title for 2018.”
The winner of the award, sponsored by CowAlert, will be announced at AgriScot on November 21.