Definitely. I know when things ... when we got our baling equipment first, everybody was green at it. You didn’t have clue what you’d let yourself in for. Things were going wrong and as soon as something was stopped or you were lying under a baler or something like that, somebody else would stop to see what was going on. Maybe somebody else had got the gear a year before that or two year before that and they would come along and help you out, sort of thing. But that’s just within the crofting circle itself. Anybody outside the crofting circle would just keep on walking by. It’s the same when you’re moving sheep down the road, you know? Ones without stock think it’s a big thing, you’re holding them back. You’ll always get die-hards that’ll keep on going, ones that have been born and bred into it. I don’t know about new folk coming. You know, when they start taking over. Buying in stock and that. They get a croft and start buying in stock. Would they last long at it, from the outside? But farming’s the same on a bigger scale. There’s not a large percentage of folk from outside farming that carry on going to college and that to do farming. It’s always somebody that’s either fathers or brothers that’s in it. It’s just the way it is.

  • Iain MacLeod (Butcher Boy)
Thursday 18th September 2008