A WEE COUNTY man says he feels "honoured" after becoming chairman designate of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

Clackmannan's Jim Warnock was recently elevated to the role following RHASS' annual general meeting – and will hold the position for two years.

The 59-year-old said: "I am honoured to hold the position of chairman designate at RHASS during a crucial time for the charity, as it seeks to secure its future in light of recent financial challenges caused by the worldwide pandemic.

"I am passionate about the sector, supporting the next generation of farming leaders and bridging the gap between consumer and producer."

A farmer and managing director of JDWAgri Ltd, Jim has been a Stirling area director at RHASS since 2010, and was appointed to the executive committee in July last year.

During that time, he has served as steward for cattle, sheep, light horse and heavy horse before being selected as chief steward of the main ring for the past five years.

Married to Irene, the couple have three children - Duncan, Calum and Kirsty - who are all involved in running the family farm.

RHASS works to maintain "the very best standards in agriculture, forestry and stewardship of the countryside".

To find out more about the organisation, visit rhass.org.uk