Wigtownshire Farmer Appointed RHASS Chairman Designate

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The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) has announced its Chairman Designate for 2016/17 as Wigtownshire sheep and cattle farmer, Keith Brooke F.R.Ag.S.

Under the RHASS’ procedures, Mr Brooke, who is currently a Director at RHASS, will serve for one year as chairman-designate and then stand for election as Chairman in July 2016.

A life member of the Society, Keith joined the RHASS board in the 1980’s and is the longest serving Director if the current Board, holding the role of Chief Steward of Press, Radio & Television for over 20 years. He has served for seven years on the Executive Committee, with the last four as Honorary Treasurer.

At home on Carscreugh, his 830 ha farm at Glenluce, Keith has over 900 Blackface ewes, both for pure-breeding and also to produce Scotch Mule ewe lambs, as well as over a hundred suckler cows with a small herd of Charolais cattle above that, which the family shows at RHASS’ flagship event, the Royal Highland Show.

Away from the Society, Keith has served as President of the Blackface Sheep Breeders’ Association, currently an Honorary President, and also Chairman of the British Rouge de l’Ouest Sheep Society, Finance Convener of the Galloway Cattle Society and served on the Boards of Wallets Marts and Scottish, English and Welsh Wool Growers. He also carries out sheep stock valuations as a member of the Panel of Arbiters.

On his appointment, Keith said: “I firmly believe that the Society is the lead agri-organisation in Scotland, which has over 15,500 members and every year showcases the best in Scottish farming, food and rural life at the Royal Highland Show, an event which combines business, social and educational functions.

“The Society now has a far greater remit than it did when it began over 230 years ago, and is actively involved on a much wider platform encompassing the broad spectrum of rural life in Scotland.

“I am very much looking forward to being involved in the Society’s further development in my role as Chairman Designate.”

Keith and his wife Dilys have a family of four, three daughters and a son who are all married, and have eleven grandchildren, all of whom attend the Royal Highland Show faithfully each year.





Keith Brooke


RHASS Announces Presidential Team For 2015 – 2016

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) has appointed Lord David Thomas Kennedy, 9th Marquess of Ailsa, as Society President.

Having just taken up his position in late July, Lord Kennedy will preside over the 176th Royal Highland Show in 2016 with his home region of Strathclyde the ‘host’ area.

Before inheriting his title and estates, Lord Kennedy farmed near Maybole in Ayrshire where he produced early potatoes, early cabbage, carrots and broccoli, daffodil blooms and bulbs, as well as wheat, barley, oats, oilseed rape, beans, fodder beet, turnips and maize.

In 2004, he was the Scottish winner of the Silver Lapwing award and later that year became a LEAF demonstration farmer.

Joining Lord Kennedy on the RHASS board will be four Vice Presidents from the Society’s Ayrshire Area: Alexander Wilkie, Director of Marketing with Müller Wiseman Dairies; Hugh Guthrie, a past RHASS Chairman and retired dairy farmer; Jack Lawson, ex Director of SMMB and now Independent Director at the Cattle Information Service (CIS); and John Cunningham, Managing Director with Border Biscuits.

Also appointed to serve for one year as Extraordinary Directors are:

Borders: Neil G C Thomson, Caverton Mill, Kelso

Aberdeen: Bryan Chalmers, Loganlea, Turriff

Highland: Isobel McCallum, Belmaduthy, Munlochy, Ross-shire

D&G: Russell Kingan, Criffel House, Kirkbean, Dumfries

Stirling: Colin MacPhail, Gartmore Farm, Gartmore, Stirling

Perth: Fiona Roebuck, South Strathy, Aberuthven, Auchterarder

Lothian: Mary Munro, Pencaitland, Tranent, East Lothian

Strathclyde: Alex Bankier, Springwells, Fernieshaw, Cleland, Motherwell


Reverend James Miliken, of Portland Parish Church, Troon will take up the chaplaincy.



Lord David Kennedy, RHASS President 2015/2016