Corrimony Farm near Glen Urquhart, Inverness-shire is run by David Girvan in partnership with his parents Lindsay and Maime Girvan.
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.
David volunteered to work with SAC Consulting as a Climate Change Focus Farm. Over the three year initiative, David looked at a range of tweaks and changes he could make to his business to make the farm more efficient and reduce the carbon footprint.
How can you benefit from the work at Corrimony and the Focus Farms Highland Farming Efficiency Network?
Together the three farms held a number of on-farm events and meetings looking at the respective changes they had put in place or were considering.
David looked at a range of measures from soil structure and pH and improving grass utilisation, and selling breeding bulls and heifers.
HiFEN: Do's & Don'ts - Soils & Drainage Nov 2017 (872 KB PDF)
HiFEN: Group visit to Mid Coul Farms AD Plant - July 2016 (475.24 KB PDF)
Corrimony Upland Beef and Sheep Case Study (629.44 KB PDF)
There is more information on our Downloads page, ranging from what other farmers have done, to practical guides and ideas you can adapt and consider to benefit your own farm business and reduce the farm carbon footprint.
How do you compare? You can complete your own carbon audit via AgRECalc, or if you would prefer a bit of help, a free carbon audit is available via Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) at www.fas.scot/carbon-audits/