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Light-hearted Farming Books Raise £72,000 for RSABI

By 23rd October 2019 No Comments

The proceeds of two books, packed with farming stories, have collectively raised over £72,000 for RSABI, the charity which supports people working in Scottish agriculture.

The books – “Farming is a Funny Business” and “Farming Facts and Fake News” – were compiled by brothers Andrew and John Arbuckle who farmed near Newburgh in Fife.

Farming Books

John and Andrew Arbuckle are pictured with the books at Gloagburn Farm Shop, one of a number of retails outlets throughout the country which have been selling the books, which are also available via the RSABI website shop at 

The Arbuckle brothers are delighted with the phenomenal success of the farming books which they hope have raised many a smile in the farming community, as well as valuable funds for a leading Scottish agricultural charity.

RSABI has a team of dedicated staff who provide vital financial, practical and emotional support to individuals and families with links to Scottish agriculture. The charity also offers support through a helpline, 0300 1114166.

Andrew Arbuckle said the aim was to produce books which could serve to record part of the wonderful heritage of the Scottish farming industry in the form of entertaining anecdotes from people involved in agriculture.

We were very pleased with the response from people involved in many different aspects of farming in Scotland when we initially put out an appeal for quirky tales and light-hearted stories for our books,” said Mr Arbuckle.

Our hope was that we could raise a good sum to assist the vital work of RSABI through the sales of the books but we never dreamed that the result would be the sort of figure which has been achieved!”

The brothers extended their heartfelt thanks to all those who have bought books so far and supported them by sending in stories and ideas.

Nina Clancy, Chief Executive of RSABI, said the charity was thrilled with the success of the books so far.

Our sincere thanks to Andrew and John for their superb efforts in producing two very successful books. Both titles are available to buy in our online shop at and would make perfect stocking fillers for this Christmas,” said Ms Clancy.

Farming is a Funny Business” and “Farming Facts and Fake News” are available to buy in a range of retail outlets around the country and on the RSABI website at with the full £10 price going to support the work of the charity.

Notes for editors:

  • RSABI is a registered Scottish charity – No. SC009828 
  • RSABI provides emotional, practical and financial support to people involved in Scottish agriculture. Support is provided discreetly with the assurance of confidentiality.
  • RSABI runs a supporters’ scheme offering individual, business and corporate membership.
  • RSABI has an on-line shop offering a range of items for sale
  • RSABI’s Registered Office is at The Rural Centre, West Mains of Ingliston, Newbridge, Midlothian EH28 8LT
  • RSABI’s Honorary Patron is Her Majesty The Queen
  • RSABI’s Honorary President: His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KBE FRSE DL

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