My name is Jim Black, age 56 from Corrie, a small village near Lockerbie.
I farm with my son Graeme, we have a pedigree herd of Holstien cows 160 of which 28 are classified EX. We also have 600 breeding ewes including a flock of pedigree texels. We purchased a small 90 acre farm last year where my wife Sheena and I now live near Ecclefechan.
I am an area representative for First Milk, a farmer owned cooperative with over 2000 members and in November I was elected area representative leader. I have also been a directer of Harrison and Hetherington a large auction company for 12 years
I have been married to Sheena for 32 years and have 3 children.
Hazel, who is 28 is a qualified pharmacist Alison who is 26 is a qualified optomotrist and Graeme who is 23 and is on the farm with me, and Sheena better not mention her age is a practice nurse at a local surgery.
On the curling front, I have won about 50 open curling trophies outwith Corrie Curling Club, mostly as skip. Nationally, I have not done very much, played 3rd in Lockerbie team that came third in the Scottish finals 1985 when the Worlds were at Kelvin Hall. Got beat in the final of Scottish mixed as skip beaten by Robin Gray, Rhona Martin and Warwick Smith. I can’t remember who was lead.
My proudest moment in curling was when both daughter Alison and son Graeme were Scottish junior champions. Alison played 3rd to Jennifer Morrison. The following year she became world champion with Sarah Reid. Graeme skipped his team.
I still love curling but I have arthritis in the knees which hurts a bit but I’m still managing. I also love a game of golf, I play off 18 handicap.