South Ayrshire farmers have met with local authority officials to show the positive response of the industry to climate change and its ability to supply fresh, tasty, sustainable, local food.

NFU Scotland South Ayrshire Branch Vice Chairman Andrew McFadzean of Dalchomie Farm, Maybole, hosted the recent meeting between local farmers and South Ayrshire councillors and officials.

He has seen first hand the effects of climate change on his beef and cropping unit. Flooding and unpredictable weather patterns have made growing wheat, barley and beans a risky business.

Andrew said: “We wanted to invite council officials on farm to show how our production methods work hand in hand with the environment.

“With plenty of rainfall, South Ayrshire has the ideal climate for growing lush grass pastures which produce the finest and most sustainable beef, lamb and milk to the highest of welfare and environmental standards.”

Council Leader Peter Henderson added: “Farming is a key part of our economy, and we welcomed the opportunity to hear from local famers about their sustainable farming methods.”