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New Monitor Farms in Scotland

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A new Monitor Farm programme in Scotland has been launched.

The project, which will be funded by £1.25 million secured from the Scottish Government and European Union’s Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund, will be run jointly by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.

The aim of the programme is to establish a group of farms to serve as monitor farms to help improve the profitability, productivity and sustainability of producers through practical demonstrations, the sharing of best practice and the discussion of up-to-date issues.

There will be nine new Monitor Farms set up across Scotland, all based at farm businesses typical to their location. Each of the nine farms will have a different focus determined by the predominant farming in that area; however, the farms will work together to bring all relevant aspects of farm businesses to each group.

This whole farm approach, while still maintaining sector specialisms, will help Scottish farmers to make real developments in changing farm business management practices, resulting in improved agricultural efficiency, environmental management and mitigating climate change.

Each of the nine new Monitor Farms will have its own dedicated Management Team and an associated Business Group that will evaluate solutions and best practice before sharing its findings, both with the wider Community Groups and more generally, through various media channels including a dedicated website.

The locations of the new Monitor Farms are:

  • Nithsdale - Courtesy of Andrew and Aileen Marchant, Clonhie Farm, Penpont, Thornhill. For further information and to book your place contact Judith Hutchison on 07718 919055 / Judith.agridigm@icloud.com 
  • Lochaber -  Courtesy of Chris Cameron, Strone Farm, Banavie, Fort William. For further information and to book your place contact Niall Campbell or Morven MacArthur on 01631 563093 / FBSOban@sac.co.uk
  • North Ayrshire - Courtesy of John Howie, Girtridge Farm, Dundonald, Ayrshire. For further information and to book your place contact Raymond Crerar or Carol-Anne Warnock, on 01292 525252 / FBSAyr@sac.co.uk
  • Shetland - Courtesy of Kirsty and Aimee Budge, Bigton Farm, Bigton, Shetland. For more information and to book your place contact Graham Fraser on 01595 693520 / frbslerwick@sac.co.uk
  • Morayshire  - Courtesy of Iain Green, Corskie Farm, Garmouth, Morayshire. For more information and to book your place contact Samantha Stewart on 01343 548787 / samantha.stewart@sac.co.uk or Derek Hanton on 01463 233266 / derek.hanton@sac.co.uk
  • Lothians - Courtesy of Bill Gray and Peter Eccles, Prestonhall and Saughland Farms, Pathhead. For further information and to book your place contact Colin MacPhail on 07747 046 461 / colin@macphailconsulting.co.uk.
  • Sutherland - Courtesy of Jason and Vic Ballantyne, Clynelish Farm, Brora, Sutherland. For further information and to book your place contact Cat MacGregor on 01847 892602 / FBSThurso@sac.co.uk
  • Scottish Borders - Courtesy of the Mitchell family, Whitriggs Farm, Denholm, Hawick. For further information and to book your place contact Stephen Young on 07502 339613 / Stephen.young@saos.coop
  • Angus – Courtesy of the Stodart family, Mill of Inverarity Farm, Inverarity, Forfar. For further information and to book your place contact Stacey Hamilton on 01569 762305 or email fbsstonehaven@sac.co.uk

To find out more, please contact Gavin Dick, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Knowledge Exchange Manager for Scotland, on gavin.dick@ahdb.org.uk or 07972 636679.

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