If you go down to the farm today...

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GET a moo-ve on and buy local – that’s the plea from politicians who visited a leading Bishopbriggs farmer recently.

MP Jo Swinson pulled on her wellies and headed for a local farm.

She visited Westerhill Farm near Bishopbriggs, to get a taste of day-to-day life.

Ms Swinson – along with Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod and Ann McKechin MP – were given a tour of the farm by owner Willie Wilson.

Mr Wilson – regional chairman of the National Farmers Union of Scotland in Forth and Clyde – owns the 220-acre farm with his family.

It is currently home to around 150 beef cows and produces barley, oilseed rape, wheat and oats.

Ms Swinson said: “I was delighted to visit Westerhill Farm and see first hand how owner Willie and his sons are keeping up the hard work.

“The scale of their operation is impressive, looking after around 150 cows and 600 acres of grassland!”

She added: “The Scottish farming community is the cornerstone of our countryside and farmers have faced real challenges in recent years, amidst rising prices and the tough economic climate.

“It’s vital that local people continue to support farms like Westerhill through buying locally – particularly in the run-up to this year’s festive season.”

Pictured are (from left): David Nicolson (NFUS branch secretary), Fiona McLeod MSP, farmer Steven Wilson, Jo Swinson MP, Anne McKechin MP, Mary Fisher (NFUS branch secretary) and Willie Wilson (farmer and Forth and Clyde NFUS regional chairman).