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Singing farmers record internet hit in Kirkcudbright

Milking video Image copyright You Tube
Image caption More than 70 farmers and farmers' wives took part in the film

A group of singing farmers have taken to the internet to highlight the problems facing the dairy industry.

More than 70 members of The Farmers Wives Choir and Farmers Choir took part in filming Milk Must Have a Future.

Set to the tune of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary, it shows dozens of farmers dancing in a large, rotary milking parlour.

Since being uploaded to YouTube last week, the video has been viewed more than 13,000 times.

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Image caption The choir hopes to highlight the problems facing Scotland's dairy industry

It was the brainchild of Kate Picken, a farmer's wife and music teacher from Kirkcudbright.

She wrote the lyrics and hosted much of the filming on the family's Milton Farm.

"We are really amazed at how many people have watched it," she said.

"Milk is cheaper to buy than water and a lot of people in the milk industry are under a lot of pressure.

"I thought this was a way to highlight the concerns with a touch of humour."

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Image caption In one of the highlights of the film, many farmers danced in a rotary milking parlour

Choir members came from across Scotland to take part in the project.

The lyrics include the lines: "Wholesome, fresh, nutritious/ And it tastes delicious.

"We need a fair price for this liquid gold."

The choir was set up 2013 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs.

It has performed at venues across Scotland, including the Hydro in Glasgow and the Royal Highland Show.

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