Fraserburgh farmer wins prestigious sheep breeder award

Jimmy Douglas at his farm, Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh with his Suffolk flock.
Jimmy Douglas at his farm, Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh with his Suffolk flock.

A Fraserburgh sheep breeder has become the 2016 recipient of one of the livestock industry’s most prestigious prizes - The Sir William Young Award.

James (Jimmy) Gray Douglas was given the award by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to livestock breeding.

Jimmy, 77, farms at Woodhead of Cairness, which he bought in 1960 and started the Cairness Suffolk sheep flock.

The farmer has been involved with sheep breeding since he was child while helping his father at Milton of Clola farm near Mintlaw.

For 67 consecutive years Jimmy has sold rams in Aberdeen Mart and he has been dominating the Suffolk flock breed for 30 years.

Angus Howie, who nominated Jimmy for the awards, said: “Jimmy is still as passionate today as he was 50 years ago.

His contribution to sheep breeding is immense, he is a highly talented individual and the most prolific and consistent Suffolk Sheep Breeder of our generation.

His whole life has been the pursuit of perfection. His attention to detail is second to none and at the age of 77, he shows no signs of slowing down.”