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By Fiona Reid
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Farm is best in Scotland

A FARM in Lockerbie has been crowned the safest and tidiest in Scotland.

Old Walls Farm, part of the Haas Side Farms group and owned by Gary Bell, has been judged the tidiest, safest and best run beef enterprise in the inaugural Scottish section of the NFU Mutual UK national 2020 Tidy Farm Awards.

He was nominated by his father Jim, who assisted him in designing and managing the farm re-build investment programme following acquisition from John Miller and family in 2015.

And Jim said yesterday: “Everyone is delighted with the award. There’s been a lot of hard work put in to get it to where it is.”

Gary, who has 300 breeding cattle and calves at the farm, mainly Limousins and Belgian Blues, says it is critical to ensure a safe and efficient environment for both personnel and animals alike and he is grateful to the various contractors, suppliers, support services and farm staff for ensuring high standards of operation, compliance with health and safety legislation, environmental best practise and cleanliness delivered throughout. Winning the award sets down a marker for how farm enterprises operate and meet the standards of modern and hygienic cattle breeding facilities and he is hopeful that this latest recognition of Old Walls Farm will assist in improving farm safety and furthering sales and margins for top quality Scottish beef in the market place.

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