Farming fun to plough funds into charity

Taking the bull by the horns: Andrew (left) and John Arbuckle
Taking the bull by the horns: Andrew (left) and John Arbuckle

A new book focusing on the lighter side of rural life has gone on sale in aid of a unique charity that helps country folk going through tough times.

The book, ‘Farming is a Funny Business,’ has been compiled by well-known local journalist and author Andrew Arbuckle and his brother John, and contains anecdotes and jokes about the trials and tribulations of everyday rural life.

All proceeds are being given to Scotland’s rural charity, RSABI, which helps those who are working or have worked on the land - and their dependants – and face difficulties due to illness, stress or financial strain.

Said Andrew: “With over 300 jokes and anecdotes from contributors all over Scotland, it will surely dispel the view that farmers are dour and uncommunicative, and equally it will remove the thought that farming has a monopoly on pessimism.

“Some of the humour is pawky and a lot of it is dry and understated; there may not be a lot of ‘laugh out loud’ moments but it provides proof there is a lot of fun in the farmyard, at auction sales and agricultural shows; in fact wherever farming folk meet.”

Nina Clancy, RSABI chief executive, said: “RSABI is enormously grateful to Andrew and John for their hard work in putting this book together, and to all those who contributed their jokes and tales.”

RSABI provides financial assistance and support in confidence to those people who have worked in Scotland in land-based occupations and who are suffering hardship. Every year RSABI helps hundreds of people with backgrounds in farming, forestry, fish-farming, rural estate work, game-keeping, crofting and horticulture who, owing to illness, disability, poverty or crisis, find themselves unable to cope. RSABI’s confidential new helpline – 0300 111 4166 – is open every day of the year from 7am to 11pm. Copies of the book are available from RSABI directly and cost £10, plus postage and packing. For more information, call 0131 472 4166, or email