LUKE Graham MP had a tougher time at work than usual, after shadowing young Kinross farmer David Lawrie for the day.

The MP for Ochil & South Perthshire spent time feeding cattle, fixing fences, and helping milk the cows for A&S Lawrie at Cuthill Towers Farm.

The day out in the fields was part of an initiative from the National Farmers' Union to get MPs to visit local farms.

Mr Graham said: "It was great to get stuck in. When eating your porridge or cereal you often forget the care and hard work that goes in to getting affordable, quality milk to our tables."

He added that spending time with Mr Lawrie - who is chairman of Young Farmers (Scotland) - also flagged up the issues young farmers face in Scotland.

"We need to encourage more young people to consider farming and agricultural industries as innovative career choices.

"With the 21st Century push towards entrepreneurialism, I think it is good to remind people that you can build a business developing and caring for the land, as much as you can sitting in an office in a city."

Mr Lawrie praised the MP for not being shy when it came to getting his hands dirty, saying: "It was great to get Luke to come along and see what we are doing here.

"He got some true hands on experience, covered in cow poo and everything.

"We talked about the challenges farmers will be facing due to the weather and hopefully those messages will be relayed.”

When asked if he would go back to the farm, Mr Graham said: “Absolutely. My grandad was a dairy farmer so he would expect me to!”