Sad news as ex NFU Scotland board member dies on farm
NewsTuesday 18 March 2014
Jim Sharp, the former NFU Scotland livestock board convenor, has sadly been killed on his farm in Lauder aged 67.
According to Edinburgh police, the accident happened yesterday - Monday 17th March.
It is believed that he was killed while he was operating a grain auger, however, the Health and Safety Executive in Scotland is investigating the cause of the accident.
Nigel Miller, the NFU Scotland president, has spoken out to pay tribute to the popular hill farmer.
“Jim has left his mark on Borders farming through his skill, energy and attention to detail,” he said.
“His stockmanship amongst his hill sheep and husbandry on low ground demonstrate Scottish farming at his best.
“As a man he had a sharp intellect and a level of experience which was of real value in serious conversation but also a generosity and love of life which made him great company.
“Often softly spoken he contributed to debate in a positive way; his thoughts were of real value at both local and national level where he gave his time to the union and the community.
“Jim was an ambassador for all that is good in farming. He gave a lot to our industry, the Borders community and the union.
“Most importantly he was a great friend that so many of us will miss. Our sympathy must be with his family.”
An HSE spokesman said: “HSE is aware and assisting Police Scotland with their investigation.”
Source: Farmers Guardian