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Rumbletonrig, Scottish Borders (Beef, Sheep & Arable)

Messer’s J. Mitchell is a family run farming business located at Rumbletonrig, outside the small town of Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders.

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.

John and Rhona Mitchell volunteered to work with SAC Consulting as a Climate Change Focus Farm from 2014 -2019. Find out more from the meeting notes below about the topics and management changes we investigated during the initiative to help improve farm efficiency and resource use, and in turn, reduce the farm carbon footprint.




How can you benefit from work at Rumbletonrig?

Greenhouse gas emissions can be viewed as a waste – this waste can be a drain on business profits and increase your farm carbon footprint.  A series of on-farm meetings discussing practical ideas and ways to improve resource use efficiency and profitability are underway at Rumbletonrig; meetings are free to attend and all farmers are welcome.

More Information

Rumbletonrig Lowland Beef and Sheep Case Study (1.06 MB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Gaining improvements; good animal health & fertiliser management - Dec 2018 (1 MB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Visit to Thankerton Camp Farm - Oct 2018 (1 MB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Gaining production improvements through genetics and animal health - May 2018 (750 KB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Carbon audits, energy use and the livestock bedding trial - November 2017 (394  KB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Building resilience into grassland - June 2017 (565.36 KB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Greenhouse gases and efficiency - January 2017 (436 KB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Grass utilisation and carbon audits - December 2016 (583 KB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Animal Health & Grassland Utilisation - July 2016 (1.06 MB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig & Castlemains joint meeting - Getting Back to Plant Basics on Major Plant Nutrients - February 2016 (759.92 KB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Improved nutrition efficiency - November 2015 (1.49 MB, PDF)
Rumbletonrig: Profiting from Improved Efficiency - August 2015 (1.19 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