Roxburghshire Monitor Farm

Cowbog is a mixed tenanted farm, of two holdings and a contract farming arrangement with Roxburghe Estates. In total, Robert and Lucy Wilson, together with Robert’s parents, farm 242ha.  

They have 70 suckler cows plus followers all of which are pure bred Herefords, 32 heifers have been retained to join the herd next spring. Calving is split 60% in spring, 40% in autumn.  

Cattle feed is mainly forage-based and some are outwintered. Breeding bulls and females are sold from the herd and animals not fit for breeding are generally finished. A few animals are sold through the farm’s new agritourism diversification – Wilson’s Farm and Kitchen

The Wilson’s also have a small flock of sheep and 160ha in arable or forage production over the 3 farms. 

The cropping regime is predominantly spring malting barley with a small amount of winter barley and winter wheat. Arable silage, calabrese and EFAs make up the remaining area.  

  • About the farm

    Owing to changes to leases arrangements The Wilsons face uncertainty around how they will be farming the acreage they have in the future. It’s making decisions around investing in machinery, and labour, difficult. Through the Monitor Farm Programme, Robert would like to explore efficiencies. 

    “It would be tremendous to feel a little more secure about the future,” says Robert.  “Our situation is common across tenanted farms and I hope by sharing our journey we can help others too. Cowbog could be more efficient. At the moment, we spend a lot of time fire-fighting rather than focused planning, and this is where I feel the Monitor Farm programme could really help.” 

    “With fresh eyes on the business, I hope we get a clearer picture for the way ahead.”   

  • Roxburghshire Monitor Farm - Winter Open Meeting

    The next meeting for the Roxburghshire Monitor Farm will be an open panel night taking place on 21st February 2024 at the Buccleuch Arms, St Boswells.

    Farming Partnerships- A Match Made In Hectares

    Check back here soon for more information


Meeting Reports

  • January 2023 Meeting Report

  • June 2023 Meeting Report

  • Livestock, arable and work-life balance focus at Roxburghshire Monitor Farm

  • Prolonged dry spell challenges new system on Roxburghshire Monitor Farm



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