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Tributes have been paid to well known Borders sheep farmer

Tributes have been paid to well known Scottish Borders farmer Jim Sharp.

NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has praised Mr Sharp's "sharp intellect" and called him an "ambassador for all that is good in farming".

Jim has left his mark on Borders farming through his skill, energy and attention to detail.

“He had a sharp intellect and a level of experience which was of real value in serious conversation but also a generosity and love of life which made him great company.

"His thoughts were of real value at both local and national level where he gave his time to the union and the community.

“Jim was an ambassador for all that is good in farming. He gave a lot to our industry, the Borders community and the union.

"He was a great friend that so many of us will miss. Our sympathy must be with his family.”

– NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller

Farmer killed in accident on Borders farm

A 66-year-old man's been killed following an accident on his farm in Lauder in the Scottish Borders.

The dead man's been named locally as Jim Sharp.

He was a well known sheep farmer in the area and a former National Farmers Union Scotland livestock board convener.

It's believed Mr Sharp was killed while operating a grain auger - a piece of machinery used to collect and load grain.The accident happened on Monday, March 17th.

Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating.