NFU Scotland played host recently to another successful Farming for the
Future event on Orkney. The series of events, organised in conjunction with
SAC, have all been part funded through the European Social Fund and Highlands & Islands
The most recent event, at Hermisgarth Farm on Sanday, courtesy of Alistair
Muir, was the fourth in the series in the Farming for the Future course and
concentrated on the production of store cattle.
While some factors influencing the profitability of store cattle remain
outside individual farmers’ control, there are many management decisions
taken on farm that can dramatically affect returns from store cattle production.
This course examined many of those factors and equipped attendees with skills
that will help them to improve the physical and financial performance of
their own farms.
The day was divided into four sections which consisted of an island tour,
exploring Sanday’s unique system of out-wintering with presentations
from George Brown of Colligarth Farm and George Baikie from SAC. Attendees
also heard from Michael Shannon of British Seed House on grassland management.
In addition, Gavin Hill of SAC, Jim Linklater of Orkney Auction Mart and
Thomson Wilson, an Aberdeenshire finisher, together presented on how the
store producer can best meet market requirements.
Stewart Wood, Orkney & Shetland Regional Board Chairman, said:
“Once again we have seen a hugely successful Farming for the Future
event, this time with an attendance of over 50 farmers.
“The attendance levels and feedback we have received after all the
events are extremely encouraging and prove that the aims of the project are
being achieved and that Farming for the Future is really making a difference
to NFUS members and their businesses.
“I think that one of the key elements is that we are able to provide
input from practising farmers as well as industry professionals which gives
attendees a broad and relevant knowledge base.
“Discussions are already underway in other parts of Scotland to expand
the Farming for the Future project and tailor it to different areas of the
country and so this again demonstrates the success of the project and the
benefits that it can deliver.”
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