Andrew Adamson of Messrs W Laird & Son
Netherurd Home Farm, Peebleshire
Andrew Adamson is a 4th generation farmer at Netherurd Home Farm, a farm of 570 acres, near West Linton, where the family have been since 1940’s. Andrews’s wife Jayne, their daughter Hazel, and son Jon, also live on the farm. Andrew is in partnership with his mother and Jayne helps out on the farm when required.
The farm is 721 to 1150 feet above sea level, providing excellent grassland, grain and fodder crops for fattening the 200 bought in store cattle. This is alongside 690 Scotch Mules and Texel crosses ewes, and 150 Texel ewe lambs tupped per year, producing prime lambs.
Netherurd has 98 acres of woodland, which provides shelter from wind and inclement weather, and provides shade for the stock in summer months. The continued management of the woodland has provided the farm with an alternative income and is an enhancement to the landscape. 28 acres of this area have been planted within the last five years to assist in the continued diversification of the farm.
The introductory online event with Netherurd Home Farm took place on the 3rd March 2021. Andrew’s key messages for attendees were:
- It’s about the right tree in the right place
- Know where your drains are before you start!
- You don’t plant trees for you. You plant them for the next generation and longer
- It’s your land. Don’t do something you don’t want to do
- Use well known contractors. Not always the cheapest, but being recommended by others shows they know their jobs.
We’ll be revisiting Netherurd in the next few months to hear more from Andrew about woodland creation and management on his farm, so look out for further upcoming events.
One farmer attending the first event said “Informal but informative, interesting and good response to questions. Great to hear one farm’s journey with trees."