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.