Borders Monitor Farm Meeting - May

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:00 to 15:00
Whitriggs Farm
55° 26' 8.0052" N, 2° 41' 40.1496" W

The opportunities of using technology and data to support farming businesses, as well as career opportunities for the next generation of farmers, will be discussed at the next Borders Monitor farm meeting on Wednesday 22 May.

Starting with tea and coffee at 10am, the meeting at Whitriggs Farm near Denholm, will offer a strong line up of speakers including David Owen from Owen Farm Services, who will highlight the potential uses of data and technology in agriculture. If weather permits he will also demonstrate the practical uses for drones in farming.

Following the previous Borders Monitor meeting in March, Sion Williams from Buccleuch Estates will share his experiences of employing young people, highlighting  the benefits and a checklist of what needs to be considered. He will be joined by one of the apprentices from Buccleuch who will talk about how they have benefited from the opportunity to work as an apprentice. This session will be run jointly with the Borders Machinery Ring, who will highlight the opportunities for farmers in the area to get involved in a new pre-apprenticeship programme. This supports both young people and mentors farmers to encourage more young people to join the industry  and develop the skills needed.

Finally, cumbrian Farmer Thomas Stobart will discuss his farming methods, in particular how he farms for the benefit of the environment, including grazing management. Mr Stobart runs 800 breeding ewes and 280 cattle on 780- hectare Croglin High Hall Farm in Armathwaite. At the meeting on 22 May Mr Stobart will explain how he has made substantial changes to his farm over the last five years in order to reduce input costs. He has established a successful rotational grazing system which has significantly increased livestock growth rates and decreased feed and fertiliser costs.

After a BBQ lunch there will be a farm tour and the Mitchells will report on their calving  at Whitriggs this year and their plans for the third year of the monitor farm programme.

Contact Info: 

For further information and to book your place (and lunch!), please contact facilitator Stephen Young on 07502 339613 or email