Stirlingshire Monitor Farm

Lands of Drumhead and Blairfad total 1,250ac and are situated on the boundary of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, near Gartness hamlet in the Endrick valley. They are farmed by the Duncan family, who have a stratified system with the hill farm at Inveruglas producing replacements for the lowland units.  

Three of Bruce and Shona’s four children are looking to return to the farm from full-time education and are becoming increasingly involved in the running of the farms. Bruce’s parents and father’s cousin also continue to be involved at their respective holdings. 

The 30 hilled suckler cows and 1,3000 Black-faced ewes at Inveruglas are the basis of the herds and flocks at Lands of Drumhead and Blairfad. In total, the Duncan’s are calving 180-190 cows each year, and have a flock of 2,300 sheep. 

  • About the Farm

    Bruce is conscious that both livestock systems are relatively simple with low inputs, and low outputs.  

    “In all honesty we don’t know where the business is headed.  The younger generation are enthusiastic and are looking to make changes,” he explains. “I’m very open to new ideas and happy to share any new ones with the wider farming community”  

    Bruce is keen to explore if there is a better way which makes use of the lowland farms and the associated labour by bringing the cattle down from Inveruglas to overwinter on a fodder crop, for example.  

  • Bruce Duncan

    I wonder whether we could be more efficient with these cows who have evolved to live outside,” he notes. “Overall, I’m just looking forward to having fresh eyes on the business and new outlooks on how we can improve productivity.”  

  • Stirlingshire Monitor Farm - 1st Meeting

    The first meeting for the Stirlingshire Monitor Farm is taking place on Tuesday 13th December at Lands of Drumhead.

    For more information or to book your space click here

Meeting Reports

  • November 2022 Meeting Report

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  • June 2023 Meeting Report

    Topics Grazing - Graham Lofthouse. Drainage - Jamie Dick. Soils - Catriona Mclean SoilEssentials.

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  • October Meeting Report

    Topics Iceberg Diseases - OPA in Sheep OPA Scanning Demo Testing bloods for Trace Elements

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