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Tartan Storm was inspired by the famous Scottish weather. We all know that Scotland is often joked about for its rain, so there was no better way to represent our country.
The painted tartan was inspired by the iconic blue of the Royal Highland show logo – which complimented the grey tones used to represent a cloudy day.
Each side of the sculpture has a highland cow, each incorporating a characteristic with Scottish weather. One side presents a highlander with its tartan scarf ‘blowing a hoolie’ in the wind and the other presents a highlander being drenched in our famous ‘dreich’ rain.
Cause - Lack of young people taking up farming as a career
Farming in Scotland is not always seen as an attractive career for several reasons. Firstly, the industry can be challenging, with unpredictable weather, market prices, and regulations, leading to uncertainty and risk. Secondly, the capital-intensive nature of the industry and the high cost of land and machinery can make it difficult for new entrants to enter the industry. Thirdly, farming can be demanding physically and mentally, with long hours and seasonal demands.
Finally, there is a perception that farming is not a financially rewarding career, with low incomes and limited opportunities for career advancement. To make farming more attractive, there needs to be investment in training and education, support for new entrants, and the development of sustainable business models that can provide viable incomes and a sense of purpose for those involved in the industry. Additionally, there is a need to improve the image and perception of farming as a valuable and essential industry that provides significant benefits to society, the environment, and the economy.
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