Climate Change Focus Farms


 

 
The arable farm covers just over 131 hectares, growing winter wheat, spring barley, oilseed rape and seed potatoes.  The business has recently diversified into daffodils, with 8 ha in bulbs and significant investment in new storage facilities.
 
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Previous Climate Change Focus Farmers

John & Rhona Mitchell from Rumbletonrig participated in the Climate Change Focus Farm programme from 2014 - 2019.

The farm comprises of 327 ha, main cropping is grass followed by spring barley and winter wheat. A proportion of the grass area is used for silage production and is clamped for winter feeding. Straw is retained for bedding.  The main enterprise is beef production as well as some sheep; there are currently 300 suckler cows and 250 breeding ewes.

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Ross Logan, in partnership with his parents James and Anne, farms Hillend which is a 112 ha dairy unit located just outside the village of Clackmannan. The Logan’s milk 110 Holstein cows achieving an average yield of
9000 l/cow/annum.

The farm is owned by the family and participated in the Climate Change Focus Farm initiative from 2014 - 2019.

 

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Stephen and Sheena Mackenzie run Auchmore Farm just outside Muir of Ord in partnership with Stephen's brother Donald. Auchmore Farm participated in the initiative between 2014 & 2018.

The farm covers 303 hectares of mainly grass and hill ground. Crops include 8 ha of turnips and 40 ha of forestry. The farm runs 85 autumn calving Shorthorn and Salers. There are 250 pure Cheviot ewes plus an additional 800-1000 lambs bought in to finish.

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Woodhead Farm is a 180 cow dairy near Newmilns in Ayrshire, owned and run by John Kerr and his family and particpated in the programme from 2014 to 2018.
The farm covers 141 hectares with access to additional rented land. Cropping is predominantly grass, with 16 ha of wholecrop. There is also 12 ha of farm woodland.
 

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Clynelish near Brora in Sutherland is run by Jason and Victoria Ballantyne in partnership with Jason’s father Murdoch. The tenanted farm covers 121 hectares of grass and hill supporting 75 suckler cows and around 500 ewes. A further 80 acres of rough grazing is rented locally. A Sheep Stock club of 235 Ewes provides extra size and viability to the business. Clynelish participated in the initiative from 2014 - 2018.
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Bob Simpson and his family farm at Castlemains on the edge of the village of Dirleton, less than two miles west of North Berwick, East Lothian, and participated in the initiative from 2014 - 2018. The arable farm covers 235 hectares with a mix of winter wheat, spring barley, oilseed rape, winter barley, combining peas, potatoes and Brussels sprouts. With a good climate and fertile soil, it's ideal for a varied crop rotation.
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Corrimony Farm is run by David Girvan in partnership with his parents Lindsay and Maime Girvan, and participated in the initiative from 2014 - 2018. The farm covers 3,035 hectares and is made up of predominantly permanent grass and hill ground. Corrimony has 130 spring calvers, mainly Aberdeen Angus, Limousin and Stabiliser to Stabiliser and Charolais along with 550 ewes LLeyn pure and crossed with NZ Highlander, lambs all finished.
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David and Nicola Barron run Nether Aden farm, a mixed unit in Aberdeenshire and participated in the initiative from 2014- 2019.

The farm covers 208 hectares where David rears and finishes 110 suckler cows. Crops at Nether Aden include spring and winter barley, whole crop, winter wheat, winter oilseed rape plus grazing and silage ground.
 
 
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Glenkilrie was one of our first four Climate Change Focus Farms and participated in the project from 2010 to 2013. 

Glenkilrie is owned by David Houstoun and covers some 1000 ha at the bottom of Glenshee in Perthshire.
It is an upland beef and sheep farm, having 140 suckler cows and 1000 ewes, which are split into two flocks.  

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Stewart Tower was one of our first four Climate Change Focus Farms and participated in the project from 2010 to 2013.  Run by Neil and Linsey Butler, Stewart Tower is a mixed dairy and arable farm covering 160 ha near Stanley, Perthshire.
The farm also has a thriving ice cream business including an ice cream parlour within the farm shop.

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Torr was one of our first four Climate Change Focus Farms and participated in the project from 2010 to 2013. Brother and sister team Ross and Lee Paton manage Torr Farm, a 389 ha organic dairy farm on the Solway coast about 20 miles west of Dumfries.
Torr Farm has 170 dairy cows, mainly Holstein-Fresian and Montbelliarde, along with a few Ayrshire and Norwegian Red.

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Upper Nisbet was one of our first four Climate Change Focus Farms and participated in the project from 2011 to 2014. Although best known for their award winning beef, they concentrated on the arable aspects of the farm. Robert and Jac have 242 ha of winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley and beans, 202 ha under grass and rent an additional 80 ha of grass on a neighbouring farm.

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