Charity Book of Farming Lists Aims to Raise Funds and Smiles

A list of the restaurants which were the first ten founding members of Quality Meat Scotland’s Scotch Beef Club is to be found among the pages of a book of fascinating farming lists launched this month.

All the proceeds from the sales of “Farming Facts and Fake News”, compiled by John and Andrew Arbuckle, will go to RSABI, the charity supporting people in Scottish agriculture.

The new book, priced £10, is being supported by farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson who has penned the foreword. It is hoped the new book will prove as popular as “Farming is a Funny Business”, the previous book collated by John and Andrew Arbuckle which has so far raised almost £50,000 for RSABI!

“After the success of ‘Farming is a Funny Business’ which sold almost 6000 copies, John and I thought hard about what our next publishing project should be,” said Andrew Arbuckle.

“As far as we know there has never been a book of lists about farming and the countryside and the idea behind the new book was to fill that gap.

“Our new book covers the whole range of farm activities, in past and present day, with a mix of factual and fun lists.

“Our hope is that, after such a long dreich summer, it will raise a few smiles as well as funds for a brilliant Scottish farming charity,” said Andrew Arbuckle.

Readers will find a huge variety of highly entertaining lists, from the most influential people in Scottish agriculture – including Quality Meat Scotland chairman, Jim McLaren – to the oldest clubs, most popular traditional songs and highest livestock prices.

There are also plenty lighter, fun lists – ranging from alternative uses of wellie boots to countryside odours, rostrum rhetoric and top farming songs!

The book also bravely tackles some of the serious issues facing modern-day farming – such as the thorny topic of succession!

“Our sincere thanks go to Andrew and John Arbuckle for all the work they have put into producing this book which has an incredible 120 lists to enjoy,” said Nina Clancy, Chief Executive of RSABI.

“We are delighted that all the proceeds from the book sales will go to RSABI, Scotland’s rural charity.

“With Christmas not far away, the timing of the launch of the new book is a perfect opportunity for people to buy a stocking filler guaranteed to raise a few chuckles and help raise money for a charity which strives to support people in rural Scotland.”

Farming Facts and Fake News is for sale in many farm shops around the country and can also be bought from the shop on the RSABI website :