Jo praises contribution of local farmers

Visiting Westerhill Farm near Bishopbriggs, Jo Swinson MP recently got a taste of day-to-day life on the farm.

Accompanied by fellow Scottish politicians Ann McKechin MP and Fiona McLeod MSP, Jo donned her wellies to take a tour of the farm led by Willie Wilson, Regional Chairman of the National Farmers Union of Scotland in Forth and Clyde.

The 220-acre farm, owned by Willie and his family, is currently home to around 150 beef cows and produces barley, oilseed rape, wheat and oats.

Commenting, Jo said:

“I was delighted to visit Westerhill Farm and see first-hand how owner Willie and his sons are keeping up the hard work. The scale of their operation is impressive, looking after around 150 cows and 600 acres of grassland!

“The Scottish farming community is the cornerstone of our countryside, and farmers have faced real challenges in recent years, amidst rising prices and the tough economic climate. It’s vital that local people continue to support farms like Westerhill through buying locally – particularly in the run up to this year’s festive season.”

More information on the National Farmers Union of Scotland can be found on

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