#DYWKeyworker - John Scott - Fearn Farm

Friday, 29th May 2020

Name: John Scott

Job Title: Farmer/Land Manager (encompasses many things

Company: Fearn Farm

Hometown: Fearn, TAIN

What attracted you to the industry you are in?

It’s all I have ever wanted to do, luckily my family on both sides are farmers, it must be genetic.

How long have you been with the company?

I was born here

Describe your day-to-day role;

Our working day officially starts at 7am and finishes at 5pm, in reality that doesn’t happen, for example I do my first check of calving cows at 5.30am at the moment and normally hit the office in the evenings.

What kind of training have you done?Have you completed any professional qualifications?

I learnt on the job as soon as I could walk and did an HND in agriculture in Edinburgh. I travelled to New Zealand once I left school and have been there again on a Nuffield scholarship to study.

HND in Agriculture Edinburgh.

What skills have you learned?

Wide and varied, my stock skills would be my strength, this can be hard to learn as some people seem to just have it. I know enough about machinery to get by although this isn’t my strong point and have various other skills including, accountancy, people management, marketing, fencing, animal handling, plumbing, environmental management, agronomy, logistics and many more.

Do you like living and working in the Inverness & Highlands?

Love it! Just an awesome place to live and bring up a family, space, scenery and great people.

What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?

Attention to detail and stockmanship skills.

Was there anything about the job that surprised you?

I’m sometimes surprised about the publics lack of understanding of my job, I’m here to produce food, that’s my primary role

Is there anything unusual about your role?

It extremely varied and no day is the same

Do you get a lot of support from your company?

My wife Fiona and my mum and dad are my business partners who along with the team of staff we have here give great support

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Seeing new life arriving on the farm and smelling growth in the spring.

Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?

Always, never in any doubt.

What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?

There’s so many different paths to follow in the agriculture industry, starting an apprenticeship is just the first step on a very exciting ladder.

What is your career goal?

To grow the business in a way that lets the next generation get involved along with others from out with my family. And to leave the land I farm in a better condition than when I took over managing it

How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?

I feel proud to be considered a key worker but to be honest I have always felt proud about the role I play in feeding the nation whilst looking after the environment.

Tell us what makes you proud to be a Keyworker?

Food production is vital in the UK, we should never forget that whether in times of crisis or not. I’m extremely proud of what I do alongside the team at Fearn and being given the keyworker title alongside people who have laid there lives on the line to fight CV19 is humbling. I’m always keen to look for silver linings in difficult times, maybe one silver lining to come from this is that we appreciate each other and what we do a little more?