Hillend Farm, Clackmannanshire (Dairy)
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 farm is owned by the family and participated in the Climate Change Focus Farm initiative from 2014 - 2019.
The Logan’s milk 110 Holstein cows achieving an average yield of 9000 l/cow/annum. The herd is on an all year round calving pattern with homebred replacements entering the herd. Male calves are finished on-farm and sold live at the Caledonian Mart in Stirling. The cattle are housed through the winter and fed on a silage-based TMR supplemented with home-grown cereals and bought-in feed. Approximately 45 ha of cereals are grown each year with the rest of the land in grass for silage production and summer grazing.
With help from SRUC, SAC Consulting, industry specialists and neighbouring farmers, Ross and the farm discussion group looked at practical ways to profit from improved farm efficiency which in turn can reduce the farm carbon footprint. Ross cut the farm carbon footprint by 6% and saved over £16,000 through small tweaks to routine practices.
How can you benefit from the work at Hillend?
Ross and his family took a second look at some of the activities around the farm, ranging from his energy use in the parlour to livestock health and nutrition, and calf accommodation. Ross tested soil pH and has since put a liming plan in place. It is likely that these actions will improve nutrient use efficiency and translate into better grass growth in the future.
- Improving Carbon Efficiencies at Hillend - key focus farm findings
- Hillend Dairy Case Study (695.28 KB, PDF)
- Hillend: Precision technology in dairy farming - Feb 2018 (1.17 MB pdf)
- Hillend: Northern Ireland Learning Journey - March 2017 (1.41 MB, PDF)
- Hillend: Milk markets & farm soils - March 2016 (1 MB, PDF)
- Hillend: Are Thin Cows Lame, or Are Lame Cows Thin? - Feb 2016 (1.12 MB, PDF)
- Hillend: Blood testing in the herd - Jan 2016 (832.02 KB, PDF)
- Hillend: Improving efficiency - cow diets and performance - Dec 2015 (453.36 KB, PDF)
- Hillend: Managing Fertility and Getting Cows in Calf - Oct 2015 (1.04 MB, PDF)
- Hillend: ‘A Learning Journey’ to Hillhead of Covington - Oct 2015 (443.26 KB, PDF)
- Hillend: Getting More from Grass - March 2015 (1.2 MB, PDF)
- Hillend: Improving Profitability - Feb 2015 (1.11 MB, 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/