Shetland MF Meeting Reports 2019
The August 2019 Monitor Farm Meeting was held at Bigton farm and focussed on Animal Health and the Environment. Dr Phil Skuce from the Moredun Research Institute discussed the management of liver fluke and was delighted to discover that there is no trichlobendazole resistance on the Island making control strategies simpler. He stressed the importance of maintaining that status. See the Moredun film 'fighting the fluke' . Hilary Burgess from the Shetland Animal Health Scheme was on hand to field questions. Hilary also outlined the details of a proposed new Agri Environment Scheme for Shetland and encouraged attendees to complete a survey to get their views. Aimee and Kirsty gave an update on the farm. The August Meeting Report can be found here
The June Shetland Monitor Farm Meeting was held at Scholland farmed by management group chairman Jamie Leslie who gave an outline of his farm system and described the progress of his fodder beet and barley crop trials. Jim Logan of Pirntaton outlined the changes he had made to his farm business through improved grazing management. Kate Rowell and Alan Clarke from QMS attended the meeting and gave an update on the work of QMS. The meeting report is here.
The first monitor farm meeting in March included an update on the Bigton Farm business. Karen Scholes from Scholes Chartered Accountants in Kirkwall outlined the tax aspects associated with running a farming business. Tips were shared on preparation for lambing and calving. The meeting report is here