Borders Monitor Farm Meeting Reports 2018

Last modified: 
18th September 2019

Meeting Reports 2018

January 2018 meeting report, please click here.

March 2018 meeting report, please click  here

May 2018 meeting report, please click here.

August 2018 meeting report, please click   here.

September 2018 meeting report, please click here.

November  2018 meeting report, please click here.


Associated Links and Presentations


The Monitor Farm meeting in November focussed on planning for the future and making tax digital.


The Moredun Research Institute hosted an excellent visit for the community group for the September meeting. Craig Watkins gave an overview of johnes disease and the Moredun work on Johnes disease.  Phil Skuce covered liver fluke control including the new liver fluke video. Led by Beth Wells, the team at Moredun were keen to hear from the farmers and their experiences and views. There was also a tour of the research farm on site. In the afternoon, the group visited Stoddarts at Broxburn to learn more about  processing beef and how carcase specification affects the final product . This gave a fascinating insight into the industry.  


The meeting in August focussed on bull fertility and  also included an economics update from Stuart Ashworth from QMS. 


The Borders Monitor Farm Open meeting was held on 11th July and reviewed the significant progress made to date 18 months into the programme. The Mitchell family and members of management group led the three on farm sessions  that featured the sheep,  cattle and benchmarking . Details can be found in the  handout which forms th report for this meeting.


Emerging from the worst of the winter the MF meeting on the 16th May at Whitriggs included a farm  update from Lesley  and Stuart outlined his plans for the new deer enterprise. There was a chance to see the new shed in the process of being built and to hear about the 'Smartgrass' product applied in April to boost grass growth in spring .  There was information given on the Scottish Farm Advisory Services on  opportunities for subsidised and free  advice  and RSABI gave a brief update on help available to farmers.  


Basil Lowman led a session on selecting heifer replacements at the Borders Monitor Farm meeting on  7th March 2018   More information on managing heifer replacements can be found here. The  community group put together their  own tips  for lambing and calving swapping notes on handy hints on how to ensure things go smoothly. 


 Lynn Gibson from SAC Vets gave a presentation on  'iceberg diseases'  following diagnosis of Maedi Visna (MV)  in some ewes. Some members of the community group are now getting their flocks tested. Strategies for dealing with MV were discussed and Scott Brown shared his experience on his own farm with the group.  The meeting included a break out session where farmers discussed the options for the sheep policy at Whitriggs identifying the pros and cons of the different approaches. 

Environmental audit

Key points from the Whitriggs environmental audit were highlighted and the opportunities offered by forestry outlined.