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Trevor Cook

The steps needed to maximise profit from pasture were highlighted to farmers and crofters attending the recent Sutherland Monitor Farm meeting.

Jason Ballantyne and his wife Vic, in partnership with Jason’s dad Murdo, run the 125-hectare Clynelish farm where they have adopted a strategy of almost 100% forage-based diets for their sheep and cattle enterprises.

Local Farmers from L to R Donald MacRae, Hugh MacColl, Ewen Cameron, James Colston, Peter Kennedy & Peter Sinclair who unearthed their vests at the recent Lochaber Monitor Farm Meeting.

A range of very illuminating results of some “test my vest” soil trials were shared at the recent Lochaber Monitor Farm meeting. Back in June members of the Monitor Farm community group buried their cotton vests in order to investigate soil quality on farms in the area and six of the community group members brought what was left of the vests they had buried to the meeting to be analysed. 

Kirsty, Jim and Aimee Budge

With the tupping season fast approaching the next meeting of the Shetland Monitor Farm on Sunday 8th October will focus on ways to make sure that ewes and tups are in peak condition to maximise fertility levels.

Peter Eccles and Bill Gray

Farmers attending the next Lothians Monitor Farm meeting on Thursday 5 October will discover how the two farms’ collaboration on land and labour is working out, as well as reviewing the arable harvest and livestock performance.

Andrew Marchant, Clonhie Farm

As tupping time approaches, the health and nutrition of ewes and tups will be under discussion at the next Nithsdale Monitor Farm meeting at Clonhie, near Penpont on Thursday 5th October.

Stuart, Robert and Lesley Mitchell

Finding ways to improve sheep performance will be the main topic of discussion at the next Borders Monitor Farm meeting, at host farm Whitriggs on Thursday 28 September.

John Howie

The importance of ensuring finished livestock meet market specifications will be the main topic for discussion at the next meeting of the North Ayrshire Monitor farm on Wednesday 20 September.

Trevor Cook

Farmers and crofters are invited to the next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm, which will focus on ways Scottish livestock farmers can improve the utilisation of grass on their farms to maximise output and keep costs down.