When Dr Catherine Livingstone isn't helping to save lives or training staff at Borders General Hospital where she is a senior anaesthetist, she is busy on her smallholding farm at Thornielee, set in the beautiful surroundings of the Scottish Borders overlooking the majestic Tweed Valley.
Cath and husband David specialise in breeding rare breed sheep and pigs but also grows fresh fruit and vegetables, keeps bees for honey, a brood of hens and chickens, and cares for several working dogs and a host of feline friends.
The love for her livestock shines through and whilst those Oxford Sandy & Black pigs and Portland sheep are bred specifically for the dinner table as high quality pork steaks, chops, sausages and bacon etc, and niched market mutton, Cath ensures that they have all been well cared for during their short existence and maintains an affinity with the several breeding ‘mothers' who remain at the heart of all production.
It might seem strange to some of us that producers like Cath can be so loving to their livestock, but as with many other farmers I have known, this is not unusual.
If you are interested in finding out more about Cath's approach to food production and animal welfare then you can find more on her web site here.
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