Ten years ago Stephen Withers found that his farm was at somewhat of a crossroads. Running an arable, beef and sheep farm in the Borders, Stephen was approaching his 60s, his wife had hurt her back and he did not have a successor identified.

“My wife did a lot of the sheep work and when she hurt her back she couldn’t drive a car or anything,” he told Farmers Journal Scotland. “I was getting up to 60 and the sheep were getting harder to catch. Really the farm needed sheep and we didn’t have enough of them to pay a shepherd.”