Dairy farmer from Colvend becomes regional manager of Dumfries and Galloway for NFU Scotland

A dairy farmer from Colvend has joined the NFU Scotland team in the South West as Regional Manager for Dumfries and Galloway.

Tracey Roan moves on to her union role at Scottish Land and Estates where she worked as a Regional Support Officer.

Previously, she spent 10 years working as a housing officer for a local association.

Tracey then returned to the farm full-time in 2015 to manage the public relations side of the business as the family branched out into direct milk sales.

Discussing her new role, Tracey said: “Since being a board member of the South of Scotland Economic Partnership and working as a Regional Support Officer for Scottish Land and Estates I have gained knowledge insight into the diversity of Dumfries and Galloway and the challenges facing the rural sector.

“I am truly delighted to have joined the NFU Scotland team and, with the return of local broadcasts, I look forward to meeting as many members as possible face to face over the summer.”

Tracey operates a farm with her husband, Steven, and their two children, milking 240 purebred Holstein cows.

Originally from the Borders, she moved to Dumfries and Galloway after completing her Honors Degree in Rural Leisure and Tourism Management at SAC, Auchincruive, Ayr.

Tracey also appeared, alongside her family, on the BBC’s This Farming Life, which led to various public speaking opportunities at events across Scotland.

NFU Scotland Country Operations Manager James Buchanan said: “I am pleased to welcome Tracey to the NFU Scotland regional team as the new Regional Manager for Dumfries and Galloway. Tracey is well known in the region and had been an active union member before joining the team.

“I hope the members take the opportunity to introduce themselves to Tracey over the summer months at trade shows and other events.”

NFUS Dumfries and Galloway Regional Chairman Colin Ferguson added: “I am delighted to welcome Tracey to the NFUS team in Dumfries and Galloway. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, as well as first-hand experience of farming in our region.

“At a time when big changes are coming for our members, they should be reassured that their union is strong and well placed to guide and support them.