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New Zealand’s Resilient Farmer Tours Scotland.

RHASS, in partnership with farming charity RSABI, and supported by John Scott of This Farming Life, is proud to bring New Zealand farmer and motivational speaker, Doug Avery to Scotland to meet farmers and industry representatives.

Doug, author of The Resilient Farmer, will be giving a series of free talks on “Drought, Adversity and Breaking New Ground” across Scotland from 10 September to 7 October 2018.

The South Island farmer, who has overcome severe drought and earthquakes which debilitated his business and triggered mental health challenges, will be visiting key rural areas and events in his first-ever formal tour of Scotland. He will discuss the key issues that effected his business and how he had to look differently to overcome them and move his business forward.

Alan Laidlaw, Chief executive of RHASS, said: “In a time of unprecedented change and challenge, this is a great opportunity to hear from someone who has made changes and come through the other side, and for us all to think differently about our own businesses and our sector. We are delighted to secure such a comprehensive tour from a great speaker.”

The Drought, Adversity and Breaking New Ground event hosted by Doug Avery will take place in; Kelso, Perth, Forfar, Thainstone, Cairngorms, Thurso, Orkney, Lanark, Dumfries, Ayr, Oban, Mull, Stirling and Edinburgh.

The talks are free and open to anyone interested in his story and those considering a change in mindset to address challenges related to their business or personal concerns.

Most events are ticketed due to venue restrictions, so must be pre-booked. For a full list of event dates and tickets can be booked on the official website.


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