If there’s one piece of advice I could offer to a young person starting out it’s to listen. I’m 40 years in this line of work and I’m still learning,” says Brian Mactaggart, farm manager at Douganhill Farms. Brian has been working at Douganhill for the last 40 years, having joined the business as a shepherd stocksman in 1978.

For the last 25 of those 40 years, he has been managing the 1,500 acre estate that runs 200 suckler cows alongside 530 North Country Cheviots, 120 pedigree Texels and unusually 220 Herdwicks. Brian is employed by the Weatherall Scottish Trust along with Kenny Irving and Stewart McCrindle.