Sutherland MF Meeting Reports 2018

Last modified: 
18th March 2019

The Monitor Farm meeting in December focussed on rationing and targeting feed to the right livestock  with a presentation from Nick Cannon from Harbro offering some tips on efficient  winter feeding. The afternoon included a session where farmers discussed scenarios for Vic and Jason to review in order to take their business forward. The meeting report is here. The breakout groups also discussed how they had benefitted from being part of the Monitor Farm programme.


The Monitor Farm meeting on 11th September kicked off with a frank and inspirational presentation from Jim Logan who described his journey to improved production from pasture, how he minimised inputs and increased his stocking rate and profitablility. Iain MacDonald from Norvite outlined the potential of the Clynelish farm silages and Kirsten Williams went through the importance of condition scoring ewes and MOTing rams. She also 'ranked' a range of fodder crops in terms of energy and protein. Vic and Jason gave a farm update.  Please see the meeting report here.

On 25th July the monitor farm meeting was held off site at Taldale Fosse courtesy of Donald MacDonald to give an insight into how technology can help  improve the efficiency of the farm business. This included a  Shearwell race, clipex fencing, drones and silostop wrap which are all practical, workable and affordable investments to any business.  Some key questions  about drones  asked by  the attendees are summarised here and  the Civil Aviation drone code is here with NFU Mutual advice on drones here. The meeting report outlines the main points from the  day.

The June 2018 meeting centred on grazing management with a presentation from Trevor Cook to highlight how best to make profit from grassland farming. The meeting report is here.

Soil management was a key focus of the meeting in March 2018 which included digging a large soil pit and a presentation from Mark Hodkinson  of Soils4Life on drainage.  Mark made recommendations for the field based on its soil analysis and findings from the soil pitJason and Vic gave a farm update  including  ewe scanning results and their plans for spring management.The meeting report is here.

The January meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm focussed on achieving lifestyle balance and succession planning with a workshop led by Heather Wildman of Saviour Associates. The Ballantynes gave a farm update which included an overview of the calf growth rates and their plans for the coming year, followed by a short visit to the farm in the afternoon to see some of the cattle.Please click here for the meeting report.