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By Fiona Reid
Farming
Anna swaps trainers for wellies in new role

PROMOTING wellbeing in the farming sector is the focus for Anna Dunlop in her new job.

The farmer’s daughter from Dornock has been appointed programme co-ordinator for Farmstrong Scotland and will help deliver wellbeing tools and stories for agricultural communities.

She said: “I’m thrilled to join the Farmstrong Scotland team as I really wanted a career that allowed me to return to the industry whilst also supporting the most important asset within our sector, our farmers and crofters.”

Her passion for farming stems from her childhood and helping out at home with the cattle and sheep and on her grandparents’ mixed enterprise in Stranraer.

Anna also breeds and trains horses, as well as competing and participating in the Dumfriesshire Hunt Pony Club and British Showjumping events, and she’s an active member of Annandale Young Farmers.

Until recently she was a PE teacher but was looking for a better work-life balance to spend more time helping on the farm, as well as giving something back to the agricultural sector.

Welcoming her, Alix Ritchie from Farmstrong Scotland said: “Anna’s understanding and enthusiasm for the industry, as well as her active involvement in the rural community, makes her a brilliant addition to our team.

“We really wanted someone who would be familiar with the challenges those working in the industry face, whilst also bringing a fresh perspective and new ideas for how we can support and promote positive wellbeing.”

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