Ayrshire potatoes have been at the heart of the Scottish (and indeed UK) potato industry since the 1850's and there is no sign of this slowing any time soon.
Excitingly, Scotty Brand Ayrshire new potatoes will be available UK wide for the first time this year, which confirms just how good our home-grown Scottish tatties really are.
Companies in Largs, also in North Ayrshire, recently voted in favour of developing a business improvement district (BID).
East Ayrshire Council's economic development, Sharon Hodgson, says the council and its partners, the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund, has invested some PS40m in Kilmarnock and Cumnock to regenerate and revitalise the retail core.
AGRISCOT CHAMPION: Morwick Tulip, which won the Ayrshire
heifer championship at this year's AgriScot.
HAVING A GOOD TIME: Judging by the reaction of Donna Graham, Information Worker at North Ayrshire
Young Scot, the Pan-Ayrshire event was a smashing idea
Shaun Dixon, aged 16, from Wolsingham, who was showing the interbreed champion calf for the Baynes, also won the Ayrshire champion handler award with the same heifer which was shown for the first time.
The North East Ayrshire Club, North Eastern Holstein Breeders Club, North East of England Jersey Club and the North East Shorthorn Club got together to hold their first all breeds calf show on August 31 at Thirsk.
Ayrshire potatoes have been at the heart of the Scottish (and indeed UK) potato industry for centuries and this status will confirm the unique quality of Ayrshire new potatoes as a result of where they are grown and the skill of the farmers.
I was recently invited to visit one of the Ayrshire farms and within minutes of the potatoes coming out the ground, I was cooking with them - most of the flavour and the vitamin C goodness can be found just under the skins, so I never peel them, I just give them a quick gentle wash and rub.
But after he lost his herd during the epidemic he found it difficult to replace the Ayrshire Holsteins.
Now the 170-strong herd is about 70% pure black and white Holstein, 15% red and white Holstein and 15% Ayrshire Holstein, with cows bought from such notable breeders as the Fintdove herd in Hertfordshire, and the Cleevale, Primo and Upsall herds.