Monitor Farm Impact Report

Last modified: 
27th May 2020

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Improved community spirit, better business performance and an openness to change are just some of the benefits experienced by farming groups and businesses involved in the 2016-2019 Monitor Farm Scotland Programme.

In 2016, nine farms from across Scotland signed up to the initiative, which was funded by £1.25 million from the Scottish Government and European Union’s Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund. The project was run jointly by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.

The farms were selected to reflect diversity in farming systems and practices across Scotland and were predominantly beef, sheep and arable. The ultimate aim was to help improve the profitability, productivity and sustainability of those farm businesses through practical demonstrations, the sharing of best practice and the discussion of current issues facing farming in Scotland.

Three years later, and the impact has been profound. Every one of those businesses has embraced the support of the monitor farm network wholeheartedly, making numerous changes to farm management, which have ultimately made them more profitable and resilient.

At the heart of the initiative is the support of the whole farming industry.. Through regular farm meetings with industry experts and a passionate group of local farmers, knowledge and experiences have been shared. The programe is, and will always be farmer-focused, and every individual monitor farmer has been encouraged to steer the meetings in the direction they would like, supported by input from the monitor farm network.


Monitor Farm Scotland Final Meeting Interviews

Watch the below video to hear how the Monitor Farm Project has had an impact on those involved in the project