Forklift Operator

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A J Allan (Brechin) Ltd, are looking for a forklift operator to join our team.   We are based in Brechin, Angus, growing predominantly seed potatoes for export and UK markets.  

Role and Responsibilities

While the role may vary depending on the experience of the successful applicant, the core responsibilities will be:


  • Loading and unloading of potato stores
  • Loading and unloading lorries
  • Assisting with potato grading
  • Potato roguing
  • General farm duties


Qualifications and Experience


  • Counterbalance Certificate
  • Telescopic Forklift Certificate
  • Experience of potato storage - desirable but not essential
  • Experience of potato grading - desirable but not essential
  • Tractor Driving - - desirable but not essential


The ideal candidate will be:

  • Highly motivated and have the ability to work on their own initiative
  • Able to keep accurate stock control and records
  • Willing to work overtime, including evening and weekends as and when required


To apply for this vacancy, please send your C.V. and covering letter to:

William Reekie

A J Allan (Brechin) Ltd

East Mill Road





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Closing date 24th September ‘18


Planting 2012

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We grow a wide range of varieties, both free and controlled, the majority of which are listed below.  


Desiree scores 5 on the waxy/floury scale and can be used for great roast potatoes and chips, creamy mash and also wedges. Desiree is also sold as a baking potato. This striking red-skinned maincrop potato, with a light yellow flesh is very widely available. This is a Main Crop variety.

Desiree is suitable for: 
  • Potato Wedges
  • Jacket Potatoes
  • Chips
  • Boiling
  • Mashing
  • Roasting



Maincrop maturity, high yields, low tuber numbers and long dormancy.High dry matter and good fry colour. Susceptible to late blight on foliage, potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis and potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida . Tests show resistance to Powdery scab, potato leafroll virus, potato virus Yo and splitting.



Maris Piper

Maincrop maturity with high yields and many tubers per plant. Good resistance to gangrene ans splitting. Suitable for storage. Moderately susceptible to common scab, powdery scab, potato virus Yo, Dry rot Fusarium coeruleum , Fusarium sulphureum and slugs. Tests show this variety is susceptipble to potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1 and resistant to Globodera rostochiensis . Medium dry matter with good cooking and frying qualities.


Pentland Dell

Maincrop maturity producing high yields, long dormancy. Good resistance to mild mosaic viruses, powdery scab and slugs. Susceptible to potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis , Globodera pallida and spraing. Moderately high dry matter with a tendency to disintegrate after boiling.



We also have a dedicated production programme of contract varieties for our main customers ~ IPM and McCain.

The varieties that we are currently growing under their control are:~


A very high yielding variety. Banba produces a high percentage of large long-oval tubers. Good resistance to foliage blight, common scab, drought and mechanical damage. Very good storage characteristics.



Great variety for Mediterranean-like climates.  Burren is a long oval potato with shallow eyes, good drought resistance and good storage capability.  It is very high yielding and produces larger crops compared to Spunta.



Very robust variety with excellent resistance to drought, foliage and tuber blight and good resistance to common scab and viruses.  It is extremely high yielding and very uniform.  Cara is also a versatile potato suitable for a wide range of culinary uses including chipping.



Very bright large tubers with excellent appearance and free from internal defects. Electra keeps well in storage and it shows good resistance to common scab, foliage blight and gangrene in the field. It has good taste and is suitable for dishes where a firm potato is needed.



Fandango is a very high yielding early bulking main-crop variety producing bright short oval tubers with cream skins, light yellow flesh and large percentage of ‘bakers’. FANDANGO has an excellent culinary profile especially when baked, producing particularly crispy skins ensuring that it is well suited to the retail fresh and food service sectors.


Excellent high yielding early parti-coloured variety.  Galactica shows very good foliage and tuber blight resistance rendering it also suitable for organic production.  It is very sensitive to Metribuzin (Sencor /Sencorex) and as a result this herbicide must not be used with Galactica. It gives, however, rapid ground cover upon germination assisting in natural weed control.



A multi-purpose variety suitable for fresh market, French fry and peeling/catering.


Infinity is a high yielding, early bulking maincrop variety with high dry matter and excellent fry colour suitable for crisps, chips, wedges and consumers who prefer a floury textured potato. Tubers are deep red skinned, cream fleshed, uniformly short oval/oval shape with shallow eyes and keep well in store.



Exceptional fry quality, long-term storage with low reducing sugars, good dormancy. Very low requirement for nitrogen. High tolerance to drought stress. Late foliage maturity, but, early in setting tubers. Resistance to dry rot Fusarium coeruleum , late blight on tubers, blackleg, Bruising, splitting. Resistant to potato virus Yo and potato cyst nematode Globodera rostochiensis Ro1 and susceptible to Globodera pallida Pa2/3,1.




Nectar produces high numbers of tubers with very smooth skin and very suitable for pre-packing.  It has good resistance to tuber blight, gangrene and common scab while also keeping well in storage.  It is a potato suitable for stews and other dishes where a firm potato is required.



An excellent all-round potato combining beautiful taste with good yields.  Rooster produces excellent French fries and it is perfect for mashing and roasting.  As a special variety, careful seed handling is necessary for optimal crop results.




Very high yielding variety.  It produces a very vigorous canopy and abundant flowers.  Slaney is a very efficient nutrient user allowing less fertiliser applications. It eats well, being good for boiling, steaming, baking and chipping.



A great combination of early maturity, very high yield, deep red skin and long uniform tubers are the main features of this variety. Good heat and drought tolerance.


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