Lothians MF Meeting Reports 2018

Last modified: 
19th September 2019

Meeting Reports 2018

January 2018  meeting report, please click here.

May 2018 meeting report, please click   here.

July 2018 meeting report, please click  here.

October 2018 meeting report, please click here.

December 2018 meeting report, please click here

Associated Links and Presentations


The final meeting of the year in December featured innovation and technology.  Niall Jeffrey, named as AgriScot Scotch Beef Farm of 2018, gave an inspiring  presentation on his farming business at Bielgrange in East Lothian.  He also outlined the work of the UK Agritech Centre Agri-EPI  and highlighted his experience to date as a satellite far with the project.George Lawrie outlined some of the important work on arable systems at the James Hutton Institute. Following the presentations, the community group were invited to put questions to a panel which included Kate Rowell (chair of QMS) Niall Jeffrey, George Lawrie and Duncan Barrie a partner at Galbraith Group. A summary of the panel discussion is here.  


The meeting on 17th October 2018 included a round of the arable harvest and the cattle and sheep over the dry summer. Discussions included the arable rotation and the role of winter barley  and performance of oilseed rape .On the the livestock side the management of winter grazing forage crops and the optimum ratio and overall stocking rate of cattle and sheep were discussed. 


The open meeting held on 25th July attracted arable and livestock farmers alike with a good turn out to review the progress to date and discuss the way forward for the rest of the project. Collaboration was a key focus for the morning session both between the two farms and a wider context with The Moredun and the James Hutton research institutes. Given the increase in livestock numbers  on the farm, and the challenges presented by this years weather a review of the  livestock carrying capacity at Saughland  was discussed with a range of suggestions offered by the farmers attending. The collaboration with Moredun Research Institute is leading to Peter using 'Targeted Selected treatment' for parasite control by working closely with researchers who described the concept at the meeting. The war on worms video outlines the importance of using techniques to minimise anthelmintic resistance and the SCOPS  information on products available   was highlighted together with the QMS worm control in sheep booklet. Sheep scab is a notifiable disease in Scotland and at Moredun there is ongoing research into its diagnosis and control. The arable discussion included the need for a new grain store identified at the beginning of the monitor farm project and machinery needs and replacement costs.  Crop rotations and the role of  pollinators were also highlighted. 


The first meeting of 2018 focussed on drainage, grassland management and liver fluke control. See also  COWS  and SCOPS for further information.