NFUS Unsung Hero Award presented to Cornhill farmer

NFU Scotland’s North East members presented their annual ‘Unsung Hero’ award to Gordon McKilligan, Headtown of Ord Farm, Cornhill on Friday

The NFU Scotland Unsung Hero Award is presented annually and recognises a North East member for their achievements and hard work on behalf of fellow farmers. The award is traditionally presented at Turriff Show. However, with the Show cancelled for a second year because of the pandemic, an alternative celebration BBQ and auction was arranged at the mart, where NFU Scotland members from Highland, East Central, Dumfries & Galloway and Lothian & Borders helped to swell the crowd.

The award was presented by NFU Scotland President, Martin Kennedy who expressed sincere gratitude to Banffshire branch member Gordon for all his hard work and effort in representing the Union’s members. Over the years, Gordon has represented members regionally and nationally on Livestock, Less Favoured Area, Environment & Land Use, Combinable Crops and Legal & Technical Committees.

Paying tribute to Gordon, Mr Kennedy said

Gordon thoroughly deserves the Unsung Hero award as his commitment to the industry and the membership is 100%.

He puts in the time and effort to fastidiously study relevant legislation right down to the finest detail. He communicates the implications with fellow North East farmers and lays out the challenges and problems in discussions with fellow committee representatives from other regions of Scotland and our head office team. He is never afraid to speak out and lobby views and opinions, whatever the audience. When faced with concerns or problems, Gordon makes it his business to source answers from others in the industry, from legislation, or from local politicians. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of his fellow members and is a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award.

North East Chair, Alan Simpson endorsed Martin’s remarks, adding that the decision which he and his two Vice Chairs: Bob Hay and Kevin Gilbert reached when evaluating potential recipients for the award this year was unanimous.

Alan said

The time and effort which Gordon invests in complex legal and technical matters is massive and we, as a region, are indebted to him for his commitment and tenacity over many years.

The award saw Gordon receive an Angela Davidson Limited Edition print of “Mr. S”- Simmental Bull, framed by Country Frames of Insch. The tribute reads

Thank you for all your enthusiasm; sterling work; deep thinking and commitment in analysing, understanding and interpreting challenging policy documents for the benefit of our Agricultural Industry. You deserve this recognition, Gordon. Well done!

NFU Scotland President, Martin Kennedy presents Gordon McKilligan with the unsung hero award

Speaking after the event, which attracted more than 150 attendees, North East Regional Manager said

We are enormously grateful to Donald Young, his staff and United Auctions, for agreeing to host our event, especially during this pandemic, and all the challenges that presented to comply with current Covid guidance.

Also, Donald did a superb auctioneering job in securing bids for all the generous lots provided for our charity auction. The splendid food and drinks, provided by Barra Berries, Mackies, Malcolm Allan (Housebuilder) and Woodhead Bros. (Turriff) were well received by everyone involved.

The event raised £4195 from the generous raffle and auction, and this will be presented to Scotland’s rural charity, RSABI very shortly.

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