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Andrew & Seonag Barbour

Mains of Fincastle Farm, Pitlochry

Andrew and Seonag Barbour, and their family farm Mains of Fincastle, Pitlochry. A  540 hectare (1,334-acre), organic hill farm, sitting at over 1000 feet above sea-level rising to 1300 feet. Its home to a herd of 50 suckler cows, made up of a  small fold of  Highlanders crossed with Whitebred Shorthorn to produce the basis for the suckler herd. These cows are crossed with a Limousin producing 18-month-old store cattle. Along with  400 TexelX  producing finished lambs from mainly rough grazing.

The sheep are run on  the in-bye through the summer and rough grazing are used by sheep in late summer/autumn and again after tupping  through to lambing. The cows are on the rough grazing through the summer months.

Why trees?

Carbon, shelter, shade, browse early bite of grass, increase in productivity of stock, saving on feed costs, better financial returns, productive timber, working capital  and  long term investment.

Upcoming Event

Woodland Creation for Biodiversity: What needs to be considered? Discussing on the ground examples, Thursday, 24th February  7pm – 8pm

Come along and hear from Colin Edwards, Environment Policy Advisor, Scottish Forestry, on how to create woodland to meet your biodiversity objectives. We will be looking at basic principles of site selection, key species to plant, integration of open habitat and creation of future habitat to maximise your biodiversity benefits. Hear and discuss with our land managers their practical experiences of creating, woodland for biodiversity. Our hosts for the night  Andrew Barbour, Mains of Fincastle, Pitlochry and Richard Lockett, Knockbain, Dingwall. We will also have a representative from, Woodland Trust. Come along to hear from our speakers and ask your questions. Book your free place here.

Key Messages from Andrew and Seonag Barbour

  • Trees are not an option extra
  • Plant trees to improve animal welfare
  • Think big scale, not small!
  • Have a try - go for it!
  • When planting, think about your end market, or how you might use any timber yourself'
  • Plant today for the livestock welfare needs of tomorrow
  • There is a real need to look after our rivers by planting trees