grasslands officer; was born in Glasgow 13 May 1940, the younger son of Edward M Young MA (headmaster) and Mary Miller Young, née Durney (schoolteacher).Educated at the High School of Glasgow 1945 – 58; graduated BSc (agriculture) in 1962 from Glasgow University and M.Sc. (grassland improvement) from Edinburgh University in 1964.
Young was appointed on a 3-year contract to “Investigate, experiment and report on methods of improving the grasslands of the Falkland Islands”.
He arrived in the Falklands in 1965 and over time established trials on grass varieties, fertiliser regimes and trace element supplementation. Trial work was delayed by waiting for the allocation of a budget, and the lead time required for experimental materials to come from the UK.
He travelled widely, set up trials throughout the Islands, and was involved in discussion and advice on appropriate methods of grassland improvement, much of which was already available in existing reports by MUNRO, GIBBS, DAVIES and others.
In order to share existing grassland improvement practices, Young organised two successful Grassland Improvement Conferences in Stanley in 1966 and 1967.
He contributed to the Falkland Islands Journal and reported on his own trials.In common with other men of similar age, Young joined FIDF following the Argentine plane hijacking in 1965.
He returned to the UK via South America in 1968 and worked as an agricultural adviser with the West of Scotland Agricultural College and the North of Scotland College of Agriculture. He married Rita Dinnes - ex BAS - in1973. Young had a spell of deer farming, and then worked in the agricultural supply trade. In 1995 he moved into management and health and safety training and consultancy, working with the Scottish Agricultural College and Aberdeen College, and commercial organisations. He graduated M.Sc. in management from the Robert Gordon University in 2000.
Following some years of part time working Young retired in 2014
Colin Young; ed. Grassland Improvement. Conference Proceedings: FI Agricultural Department; 1966
Colin Young; ed. Grassland Improvement. Conference Proceedings: FI Agricultural Department; 1967
Colin Young; The natural Vegetation of the Falkland Islands. Falkland Islands Journal Issue 1; 1967
Colin Young; Farming in the Falkland islands: Scottish Agriculture: Summer 1972, pp 343-349. DAFS; 1972
Colin Young; Grassland Improvement at Roy Cove, Falkland Islands Journal Vol.11 ( part 1) pp 149-157. FIMNT; 2017
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November 2019 Two photographs added; one reference added; additional external link added
January 2020 Text revised; four references added