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Case Study New entrants to farming Elderslie Estates in Renfrewshire has recently offered grazing land to two new entrants to farming, in a bid to fully utilise and develop their land whilst providing opportunities to young farmers in the region.

The estate covers some 4,000 acres, mostly in the triangle between Houston, Kilmacolm and Bridge of Weir, just outside Glasgow and is managed by Galbraith.

Around 170 acres of grassland became vacant this year due to changes on Elderslie Estates and Galbraith were instructed to market the vacant land.

Archie Paterson and Allan Gordon were both new entrants to farming, with each of them having recently established their own farming businesses and seeking more ground to increase their stock numbers.

Whilst the Estate initially envisaged the ground going to one person, having received two such strong applications, it was easily split into two and approximately half the area offered to each successful applicant. The estate has invested heavily in improvements to fencing to facilitate the new agreements and Galbraith priced and oversaw this work on behalf of the Estate.

New entrants to farming provide Scotland with fresh talent, innovation and are vital for the future of the industry. Unfortunately, the number of Scottish farms occupied by people under the age of 40 has dropped to around 9%, an issue which Elderslie Estates seek to address.

Mark Crichton Maitland, owner of Elderslie Estates, commented: “We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to two young and enthusiastic farmers. Regardless of their being new entrants, they were the strongest contenders, and this is why they have been given agreements over other more established local applicants. We very much look forward to working with both Archie and Alan over many more years to come.”

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