Lothians Monitor Farm Meeting - February

Date: 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 10:30 to 15:00
Location: 
Stair Arms Hotel
Pathhead
EH37 5TX
55° 52' 21.6012" N, 2° 58' 55.5636" W

Farmers at the next Lothians Monitor Farm meeting on 27 February will be asked what plans they have to future proof their businesses.

Oliver McEntyre from Barclays will lead a session titled ‘Is your business fit to survive?' Drawing on his experience as National Agriculture Strategy Director, he will outline how different management styles not only affect businesses ability to borrow, but also their bottom-line. The aim of the session is to challenge current thinking and get the group discussing what might be ahead, so they can start to put plans in place to ensure their businesses thrive in the short to medium term.

In the afternoon there will be a session on drones, focusing on the cost benefit and particularly on how the data they gather can add value to the bottom-line while the final two sessions of the day will see the group split in two.

Those focused on arable will hear from AgriScot Arable Farmer of the Year Donald Ross, who has had success in the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Awards which are run by ADAS in partnership with AHDB. Donald will tell the group more about the YEN programme, which aims to help farmers increase their yields, and discuss how Prestonhall Farm can get involved.

The livestock farmers will head to Saughland to find out more about how the sheep have performed on the fodder beet over the winter, as well as discussing scanning results and how the away wintered store cattle performed.

Sharon Flanigan from the James Hutton Institute will also present at the meeting. Sharon has been working with monitor farms across Scotland and elsewhere to explore the impact of such on-farm demonstration activities at both individual and community levels. On the day she will reveal her findings so far.

The meeting on Wednesday 27th February will begin at the Stair Arms Hotel with tea and coffee at 10.30am. After lunch the group will move to Rosemains and Saughland Farms and the meeting is expected to end at 3pm

Contact Info: 

For further information and to book your place (and lunch!) contact facilitator Colin MacPhail on 07747 046461 or email colin@macphailconsulting.co.uk