Feb 10 2012 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A YOUNG ‘machines mad’ agricultural engineer from Mauchline is through to the final of the prestigious Lantra Scotland Landbased Learner of the Year Awards.
Rhys Murdoch, 21, who works for Ramsay and Jackson, was nominated by his college lecturers after excelling in a fast-track training course, passing with distinction and emerging as best student in his year.
Now, having been selected by a panel of expert judges, he will attend the glittering Lantra Awards ceremony in March, when he will be pitted against finalists from all over Scotland, each hoping to end Oatridge’s run of six over-all titles in the previous seven years.
Rhys quit school when he was only 15 to go to take a job on a farm, but working with agricultural equipment only fuelled his fascination with anything mechanical.
Three years later he decided to sign up at Oatridge College in West Lothian to study full-time for a National Certificate in Landbased Engineering.
During the year-long course Rhys found a work placement at Ramsay and Jackson, where his positive attitude to hard work and commitment to learning impressed his employer Billy Ramsay.
When Rhys completed the qualification, he was offered the chance of a permanent job and the opportunity to continue his studies at Oatridge.
l THE new representative for the Bunn fertiliser group in Scotland is Ayrshire man, Graeme Logan.
As wholesale sales manager, Graeme will be presenting Bunn’s wide-range of grass and arable fertilisers to merchants and agents across Scotland.
He will be working closely with Bunn subsidiaries W J Reid in Montrose and Fertiliser Solutions Ltd in Middlesbrough.
Graeme said: “I am excited to be joining Bunn at this key point in their UK growth.
“They have some unique products such as Koch Advanced Nitrogen® fertiliser and their Kainit range, as well as a strong position in bulk fertilisers. I am looking forward to spreading the word to old and new contacts in Scottish agriculture.”
David Harrod, director of Bunn, said: “We are delighted that Graeme has been able to join us. He is well-known in the area, is FACTS qualified and is just the kind of person we want to have on board.”
From a South Ayrshire farming family, and a former chair of Ayr Young Farmers, Graeme has worked in agriculture for 12 years, most recently at a major Scottish agricultural supplier.
More information about the wide-range of products and services offered by Bunn is available at www.jhbunn.co.uk or telephone 01493 744700.