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TITLE
Memories of a Highland Drover (9)
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HIGHLANDLIVESTOCK_AUDIO_09
PLACENAME
Dingwall
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Dingwall
DATE OF RECORDING
2006
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Ian Munro
SOURCE
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
ASSET ID
2669
KEYWORDS
drovers
droving
markets
cattle drovers
cattle droving
marts
cattle sales
audios

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In this audio extract, recorded in 2006, former drover Ian Munro remembers the ministry vet. The image shows cattle being driven near Skeabost, heading for Portree (1920s).

And do you know why the vet was there?

Interviewer: No

It was the ministry vet and it was at the stage where cattle were getting tested for TB and for - I don't know were they doing brucellosis then or not - and the islands were far ahead of, it was easier to do an island; you could just step in and do the whole island and then take away all the reactors and that island was accredited. But then all the cattle, the ear tags had to be read and had to be lodged, for people that bought them. If they were only buying accredited cattle they could go to the islands and get them. The same thing is going on in, in eh, the Shetlands at the moment with a disease called, eh, scrapie, in sheep. Now the only sheep that - very few sheep are bought; the transactions of sheep in Shetland are not like here and they're trying to eradicate scrapie - and the same thing is being done there at the moment. The Islands are much easier to clear up than the - because the only cattle that was, would be probably going to Uist in those days was a bull - bulls for all the different townships and they were supplied by the ministry, mostly ministry, and eh, they supplied the bulls for the area. All the rest of the cattle were born [on the island] and the cows were all homebred.

Ian Munro was born at Blackhill Farm, Evanton, Ross-shire in 1933. His father and grandfather were sheep and cattle dealers, and it was through his father's links with the livestock auctioneers, Reith and Anderson, that Ian, aged only 11 or 12, began assisting at livestock sales in Dingwall. At the age of 18, Ian started going out to the Uists with Reith and Anderson as a drover to help at the seasonal sales. At that time, there were no facilities for landing lorries on the islands so cattle had to be driven on foot from the sales to the boat, until the advent of roll on roll off ferries in 1965.

Ian took over the family farm near Evanton in 1964 and farmed there until 1984. He continued to help out at auction sales in Dingwall when required. Since giving up the farm, Ian has remained in farming related work, driving lorries, selling grass seed and helping neighbours and family with livestock.

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Memories of a Highland Drover (9)

ROSS: Dingwall

2000s

drovers; droving; markets; cattle drovers; cattle droving; marts; cattle sales; audios

Highland Livestock Heritage Society

Highland Livestock Heritage Society audios

In this audio extract, recorded in 2006, former drover Ian Munro remembers the ministry vet. The image shows cattle being driven near Skeabost, heading for Portree (1920s).<br /> <br /> And do you know why the vet was there?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: No<br /> <br /> It was the ministry vet and it was at the stage where cattle were getting tested for TB and for - I don't know were they doing brucellosis then or not - and the islands were far ahead of, it was easier to do an island; you could just step in and do the whole island and then take away all the reactors and that island was accredited. But then all the cattle, the ear tags had to be read and had to be lodged, for people that bought them. If they were only buying accredited cattle they could go to the islands and get them. The same thing is going on in, in eh, the Shetlands at the moment with a disease called, eh, scrapie, in sheep. Now the only sheep that - very few sheep are bought; the transactions of sheep in Shetland are not like here and they're trying to eradicate scrapie - and the same thing is being done there at the moment. The Islands are much easier to clear up than the - because the only cattle that was, would be probably going to Uist in those days was a bull - bulls for all the different townships and they were supplied by the ministry, mostly ministry, and eh, they supplied the bulls for the area. All the rest of the cattle were born [on the island] and the cows were all homebred.<br /> <br /> Ian Munro was born at Blackhill Farm, Evanton, Ross-shire in 1933. His father and grandfather were sheep and cattle dealers, and it was through his father's links with the livestock auctioneers, Reith and Anderson, that Ian, aged only 11 or 12, began assisting at livestock sales in Dingwall. At the age of 18, Ian started going out to the Uists with Reith and Anderson as a drover to help at the seasonal sales. At that time, there were no facilities for landing lorries on the islands so cattle had to be driven on foot from the sales to the boat, until the advent of roll on roll off ferries in 1965. <br /> <br /> Ian took over the family farm near Evanton in 1964 and farmed there until 1984. He continued to help out at auction sales in Dingwall when required. Since giving up the farm, Ian has remained in farming related work, driving lorries, selling grass seed and helping neighbours and family with livestock.