Farmer led, farmer driven.

The Monitor Farm Programme first opened its gates in Autumn 2003, and has now surpassed its 20th anniversary. During its lifetime, the Monitor Farm initiative has pioneered new ways of working, experimented with new ideas and, most importantly, measured the inputs and outputs of host farms to improve their productivity and profitability. The current programme launched in November 2022 running to 2026. The programme is managed by QMS with support from AHDB and is fully funded by £2 million secured from the Scottish Government’s Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund. Nine farms are currently one year into their four-year programme which offers advice and guidance to help improve productivity, profitability, and sustainability of their businesses.
2022 - 2026 project
 Nine farms across Scotland are 1 year into a journey from 2022 to 2026 of transformative change through a the Monitor Farm Scotland programme delivered by QMS with support from AHDB, funded by Scottish Government. Each Monitor Farm will workworks closely with the Programme Manager and Regional Adviser, the farm staff and trusted advisers to establish the baseline technical, environmental, and financial performance of the farm business.
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Legacy Projects
The Monitor Farm Legacy initiative, aims to provide host farmers and community groups with an opportunity to review on-going projects that have lasted beyond the last Monitor Farm Programme
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The 2016 - 2019 projects
Nine monitor farms were established in Scotland as part of a joint initiative by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds with funding from the Scottish Government. The aim of the monitor farm programme was to help improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Scottish farm businesses.
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  • Overview

    The aim of the programme is to establish a group of farms to serve as monitor farms to help improve the profitability, productivity and sustainability of producers through practical demonstrations, the sharing of best practice and the discussion of up-to-date issues.

    Nine new monitor farms have been established across Scotland, all based at farm businesses typical to their location.