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End of the swimming cattle era

smiling cowHard to believe it’s six years since the media caught on to the story of the Skye farmer who was still swimming his cattle between two islands for grazing, but his retiral has brought it to their attention again.

Skye crofter believed to be last to swim cattle for grazing

That was 2011, but he was back in the news a year later:

The swimming farmer (wisely) doesn’t swim any more

Mr Iain MacDonald, 85, had moved his heifers across a short sea crossing from Staffin to winter pasture on Stenscholl Island every winter since 1959, but finally decided to sell his remaining 20 cows, 13 calves and a bull after a knee operation ‘slowed him down’, but said he would continue to keep sheep on his land. Sad to say, he was not too pleased with the price he got for his herd.

Still, not bad for 85.

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January 12, 2017 - Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , ,

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