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By Fiona Reid
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Top job for John

A RUTHWELL farmer has been elected as Holstein UK President.

John Jamieson, of Upper Locharwoods, will hold the post for two years until 2023.

He replaces Robert Clare.

John has been a supporter of all things Holstein for many years and there is barely an event, meeting or stock judging in Scotland that he doesn’t attend, alongside his wife Helen.

He is the third generation to farm at Upper Locharwoods, which has been in the family since 1952. The Firth prefix was registered in 1982 and today, John is supported in managing their 200 Holsteins by his son Graham.

And he also has two daughters, Emma and Hannah, along with five grandchildren.

John has judged throughout the UK in breed and interbreed classes and herd competitions and his family have previously been heavily involved with Holstein Young Breeders.

In the past, he has held a variety of positions including club chairman for both the South West Scotland Holstein Club and Holstein Scotland South and he has been involved with the BHS and Holstein UK & Ireland at board level since 1998. John is currently an independent director for the Cattle Information Service, committee member for the Scottish Dairy Cattle Association, board member for the Scottish Organic Milk Producers and vice chairman of the Caerlaverock Farmers Buying Group.

Welcoming him, Michael Smale, Holstein UK chairman, said: “I would like to congratulate and welcome John Jamieson to his new post as Holstein UK president and I look forward to meeting with him at shows and events now that Covid-19 restrictions look to be easing.”

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