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British farmers are facing the challenge of helping to feed a growing world population at a time when prices they receive for grain and other commodities are low.

Saturday, 5th March 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Saturday, 5th March 2016, 9:18 am

The situation was explained to Berwick Rotary Club on Tuesday by their newest member David Wright, who farms 650 acres at Bridge Mill, Beal.

His family farmed a quarter mile from Robert Burns’ cottage at Alloway, Ayrshire, and he described how members went on to find other jobs. Captain Walker Wright gave up his job in Glasgow, jumped on a ship bound for Australia, joined the crew, eventually captained sailing ships on the six-month journey to Australia, and later captained ships of the clan McIntyre line.

The Wright farming tradition and David’s father, also David, had 12 quality dairy cattle on land where four men looked after the herd and seven others worked the land.

He traced the advance of mechanisation, with tractors replacing the horse, and said he took the opportunity to move to Bridge Mill. The family skills in dairy farming stood them in good stead and he told the club he was making no plans for retirement.

l David Ross, local builder and chairman of Berwick Rotary Club’s fund-raising Ways and Means committee, is the new junior vice-president.

This was confirmed on Tuesday and he is now in line to become the president in July 2018.

Speaker was member Jim Jamieson, who gave a very amusing account of running a successful B&B with his wife Kathleen in Tweedmouth.

The venture began in 1984. He recalled characters who had stayed there over the years, and also the occasional visitor who tried to head off before paying the bill.

An indoor bowling tournament was held at the Sports Centre on Monday and was won by Ken Chalmers and president Chris Budzynski, who beat Denham Hardwick and George Miller by one shot in the final.