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A Farm for all seasons
The foot and mouth disease crisis of just over a year
ago tore more than the heart out of part of Scotland’s farming economy –
it also broke the heart of hundreds of rural families who saw their whole
life turned upside down.
The effect of the foot and mouth crisis has meant a
huge increase in the workload for the Royal Scottish Agricultural
Benevolent Institution, Scotland’s only national charity that exists to
help those in need throughout Scotland’s rural communities.
Request for RSABI aid have more than doubled and every
effort is being made to raise funds to help meet most of the requests that
have come from farmers, shepherds, lorry drivers, fencing contractors,
auction market workers – and even a mole catcher!
One new way that the RSABI hopes to benefit financially
is through the sale of a new farming video which they hope will appeal to
Scots all around the world.
The video, A Farm for all Seasons, follows a
year in the life of Mains of Mause, just outside Blairgowrie, Perthshire,
which is home for Peter Alexander who runs the farm with his wife Pat and
son Murray and daughter-in-law Pauline.
Pauline Alexander with the next generation at Mains of Mause.
Murray is holding Beth while Pauline is holding young Rob who in
time to come will be the third generation to farm this land.
bridge over the River Tay at Meikleour, Perthshire, very near to
Mains of Mause Farm.
Mains of Mause is well known in Scotland for the
quality of its cattle and sheep and this home farm, together with other
land in the area, extends to more than 9000 acres carrying 3500 ewes and
more than 900 ewe lambs. The stock include Blackfaces, Blueface Leicester,
North Country Cheviot and Texel with Suffolk and Charollais rams. Mains of
Mause also carries 600 head of cattle, mainly three-quarter Limousin cross
cows, producing top class progeny in a stunning setting.
The story of A Farm for all Seasons begins in
January in the bleakness of winter high in the Glenshee hills, takes in
the scanning of the lowground ewes and then moves into spring as lambing
gets under way at Mains of Mause in one of the country’s biggest lambing
sheds where management is of the highest standard. The preparation for
sale and the auction of some of the Alexanders’ top cattle also feature
Also included is a report from the major Scotsheep
exhibition which was held at Mains of Mause at the end of May,
silage-making, and autumn movements of stock. The community aspect of
rural life is not forgotten as the video also includes the Alexanders’
active involvement in community life at the local Golden Jubilee Ceilidh
at Bridge of Cally.
|Some of the
Alexander family's Limousin cross cattle with the Mains of Mause
farmhouse in the background.
Wilkinson, the livestock manager at Mains of Mause Farm, with some
of his four-legged friends enjoying a ride after a long hard day's
The video was produced by RSABI chairman Arthur
Anderson, for 23 years producer of BBC Scotland’s Landward
television farming programme who now runs his own video production
"The RSABI is extremely grateful to Peter Alexander and
his family for agreeing to direct the funds from the sale of the video to
the charity," said Arthur Anderson. "A Farm for all Seasons is a
unique film in that it is very seldom video makers have an opportunity to
follow the rhythm of the changing seasons for a whole year on a single
farm and we are grateful to Peter Alexander for making it possible. Mains
of Mause is in a beautiful part of Perthshire and the video will strike a
chord with anyone with Scottish roots. We believe it is a story that will
appeal to everyone who is interested in farming and Scottish country life
and the income that the video produces will help us support those in need
throughout rural Scotland."
The video is approximately one hour long and costs $25
USD (including post and package), and is available on VHS on either NTSC
or PAL formats.
Payment can be made by credit card by phoning the RSABI
on (44) 131 333 1023. Alternatively, cheques for $25 USD, made payable to
The RSABI, can be sent with your name, address and postcode to:
Royal Highland Centre,
You can also contact the RSABI charity by e-mail at:
or discover more about the work of the charity on our website:
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