Dumfries Monitor Farm

Barnbackle is a 500ac beef and sheep farm run by Richard and partner Hayley Currie, with Richard’s parents, Andrew and Janice.

440ac are owned, the remaining 60 ac, rented. There are 150 suckler cows, 20 store cattle, and 700 ewes at Barnbackle. The cows are Sim-Luings and calve in spring and autumn. Most calves are sold as sucklers with only a small number kept through winter. Richard also runs a small heard of pedigree Charolais cattle, supplying local farmers with bulls to meet their requirements. Some of the cattle get out wintered on kale.  

The sheep also winter on kale, as well as swedes. Ewes are texel cross mules and all the lambs are sold off grass. 

  • About the Farm

    On the back of rising feed prices, Richard has been looking at reducing costs and has started growing arable silage to feed calves through winter, as well as introducing rotational grazing. It’s an area which he hopes he’ll be able to explore in more depth through the Monitor Farm Programme. 

    “I’d like to find ways to develop the business, making it more profitable and sustainable.  I’d like to reduce inputs such as fertiliser and feed, making the most of what I’ve got,” he says. 

     

  • Dumfries Monitor Farm - Winter Open Meeting

    The most recent meeting for the Dumfries Monitor Farm took place on Thursday 7th December at Wallets Marts Castle Douglas.

    Click the report below to read how Graham Lofthouse plans for a successful lambing.

Meeting Reports

  • Launch Meeting Report

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  • Summer Open Meeting July 2023

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  • Water Infrastructure Project

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  • Data, soils and reducing inputs on agenda at new Dumfries Monitor Farm

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  • Information-packed afternoon at Dumfries Monitor Farm summer meeting

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  • Are EWE ready for Lambing?

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Presentation

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