Feb 13 2013 By Post reporter
A farmer was killed in a tragic accident while servicing a piece of agricultural machinery.
The 50-year-old is believed to have fallen, or been pulled into, a hay baling machine on Monday afternoon.
John Sloan died at the scene at Little Creoch farm, near New Cumnock at around 2pm.
Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are working together at the site to try and identify the exact cause of the tragedy.
Mr Sloan, who was understood to be unmarried, farmed the land with close family members.
They are said to be devastated by his loss and the horrific circumstances surrounding his death.
Investigations into the circumstances are ongoing.
MSP John Scott, whose family have farmed in Ayrshire for generations and still owns Balkissock farm, near Ballantrae, spoke of the dangers farmers regularly face doing their jobs.
He said: “This is the most dreadful accident, and my heart and sympathies are with his family.
“Very sadly this is another horrific example of the dangers of working on a farm with very powerful and, what can be very dangerous machinery.
“A second’s lapse in concentration can cost a life. The farming and wider community are mourning this tragedy this week.”
A police spokesman said: “Police were called at 2.30pm on Monday, February 11 to reports of a man who had been fatally injured whilst working with a hay bailer.
“Investigations are ongoing and a full report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.”
And a HSE spokesman added: “We are aware of the accident at Little Creoch and we are liasing with police.”