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Bruce Farms’ tractor men duo retire to plough their own furrow

Bruce Farms bid farewell to two long-standing members of staff, tractor men Tom Croal and Bill Simpson, who retired after a total of 46 years with the company.

The men joined Bruce Farms within two years of each other in the late 80s and worked their Masseys’ alongside each other ever since.  Tom, aged 67, leaves the farm after working for 24 years and Bill, now 64, has clocked up 22 years in the cab.  Having been on the farms since school, both men have spent 50 years working in the industry.

Bruce Farms has an impressive reputation for staff retention.  The longest serving men still in the business have amassed an amazing 77 years with the company.   Ian McDiarmid (61) has worked for the company for 41 years and is currently farm grieve and Friar Thomson (63) has been an employee for 36 years and remains head cattleman.

Established in 1898, Bruce Farms is extremely proud of its heritage and as the fourth generation of the Bruce family to farm in Perthshire its connection to the land has been unbroken for more than a century.  The company is managed by father and son team Bill and Geoff Bruce.

Geoff Bruce, director of Bruce Farms said: “We’re always sorry to see part of the team go but Tom and Bill deserve their retirement and we wish them well.  Good tractor men are the core of our business and are vital to the smooth running of our farms.  Both are hard-working, unflappable and adaptable characters and an example to us all.”

Their retirement was marked with a gathering at the local Meigle pub – The Junction – for an evening of celebration and to raise a glass to Tom and Bill’s wonderful service.