Bobby joined the family partnership at Shantron and Shemore Farms after graduating with a HNDA from Auchincruive in 1974.The farm is a 4000 acre hill sheep farm carrying 1500 ewes and 30 suckler cows, with all lambs being sold direct to abattoir and the calves sold store through the market. After a 6 month Young Farmers Exchange to New Zealand in 1979, Bobby started performance recording the Blackface flock, and was one of the founder members of the Blackface Sire Reference Scheme, (now the Maternal Sheep Group) of which he was Vice Chairman.
Bobby was a past National Chairman of the SAYFC, and was appointed in November 2014 as their new Vice President. Bobby has been a Branch and Area Chairman of the NFU, and is still a member of the LFA committee.Bobby is also on the advisory committee of RHET, and a board member of Highland Glen.
In his spare time Bobby's hobbies include motorcycle trials, (he used to be in a motorcycle display team), but his main interest is sailing, having restored an old wooden yacht with his son in law, and enjoying cruising round the Firth of Clyde and Crinan and is a regularly catamaran club racer.