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Agriculture / Young farmers create Viking themed hay bale for national competition

Photo: Shetland Young Farmers

ANYONE driving into Lerwick from the north recently may have spotted a rather unusual looking hay bale peering back at them.

Erik the Viking stands tall to the left of the A970 as you head down the hill – complete with shield and helmet.

The creatively decorated hay bale is the work of the Shetland Young Farmers group, which is taking part in a national hay bale art competition.

The young farmers also want to raise awareness of a charity called Farmstrong, which promotes wellbeing for farmers.

Club chair Erin Gibson said: “Farmstrong is a New Zealand based charity which has been brought over to Scotland (Farmstrong Scotland) to help raise awareness of the importance of good health and well-being whilst working in the farming industry.

“They go by the slogan ‘live well, farm well’.

“Many Young Farmers club across Scotland have also made bale art creations which are on display all over the country.

“You can look these up on SAYFC [The Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs] Facebook or Instagram or search #baleart2022.”

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