A sad loss

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The end of dairy farming on Arran is a sad loss indeed.

For an industry that was once the lifeblood of generations of islanders to be snuffed out is a huge blow to the agricultural industry and to many in associated businesses beyond.

Of course when it was announced that the Torrylinn Creamery closing – Arran’s  biggest milk market by far – the writing was on the wall.

But the news that the last two remaining milk herds on Arran are for sale and that production is all but sure to halt in less than two months brings the situation into stark reality.

When you consider that 50 years ago there were 70 dairy farms and small holdings on Arran producing milk it show just how the industry has changed with once precious milk now less than water as a loss leader in supermarkets.

Sad too that the news should come on the very week that Arran celebrates all that is good in agriculture at the Arran Farmers’ Show.

A great day this year was tinged with sadness at the loss of dairy farming and, as was said at the show, is likely never to be seen on Arran again.