Black Isle Monitor Farm

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Black Isle growers Brian and Caroline Matheson from Ballicherry Farm in Balblair run a mixed enterprise of 332 hectares, consisting of 190 hectares of spring barley grown for certified seed and malting, 42 hectares of winter wheat grown for certified seed, 25 hectares of oilseed rape and 35 hectares of potato and carrot lets, together with 40 hectares of permanent grassland carrying 100 ewes, 100 over-wintered cattle and 25 suckler cows. The farm also carries out carrot growing and mobile grain dressing contracting operations. Caroline operates a Care Farming enterprise which runs alongside the commercial farming operation.

Neighbouring Rosefarm joins the Mathesons on the Monitor Farm project, in a partnership between AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and Potato Council. Rosefarm rents land from the Mathesons as part of its 3,000 tonne Pre-Basic seed potato enterprise.

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