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Organic Farming

Organic silage crop

Organic Farming Case Studies

Organic Farming in Scotland

Organic farming practices are being followed on a variety of farm enterprises in Scotland.

Blackruthven Farm, Perth (Lowground cropping farm)

- Courtesy if Revd and Mrs Anker-Petersen and Mr Hugh Grierson

The farm started conversion to organic in 1998. Owned by Revd and Mrs Anker-Petersen, it is contract-farmed by Hugh Grierson of Newmiln Farm, Tibbermore. It extends to 119 ha, all eligible for Arable Aid Payment Scheme. The main enterprises are:

  • cereals
  • seed potatoes
  • some land let for carrots

Grass/clover is used for fertility-building and this supports a sucklet cow herd. Conversion has progressed smoothly to date with the last fields achieving organic status in June 2003.

Kincraigie and Tomnaguie Farms, Blair Atholl (Sheep-only hill farm)

- Courtesy of Mr Innes Smith

The farm is tenanted and extends to 465 ha, of which 300 ha are hill, with 165 ha of inbye and parks. Innes completed his conversion to organic status in 2001. He has 1000 Cheviot ewes producing store lambs. Innes has a major interest in wildlife and the environment, and one of the main objectives of his farming policy has been to strive for a sustainable balance between the farm and its environments.

Weston Farm, Dunsyre, Lanarkshire (Upland beef and sheep farm)

- Courtesy of Mr carey Coombs

The farm extends to 347 ha in total:

  • 168 ploughable
  • 7 ha permanent pasture
  • 167 ha rough grazing

The main enterprises are 120 suckler cows (pedigree Shorthorn), with all progeny finished or sold for breeding, and 500 Texel and Lleyn cross ewes, again with all lambs finished. The ploughable land on the farm is mostly in grass/clover, but Carey also grows 35 ha of spring cereals (for grain and whole crop silage) and 12 ha of brassica forage crop.

East Mains, Kirkinner, Wigtownshire (Dairy Farm)

- Courtesy of Mr Ian Robinson

Ian began conversion to organic in 1999 and started producing organic milk in July 2001. The farm extends to 180 hain total:

  • 50 ha silage
  • 25 ha wholecrop silage
  • 100 ha hay
  • 70 ha improved grazing
  • 25 ha rough grazing

Ian runs 160 Holstein cows, with all year round calving, and keeps all heifers.

Godscroft, Abbey St Bathans, Berwickshire (Mixed farm)

- Courtesy of Mr Duncan Shell

The farm extends to 750 ha in total:

  • 100 ha spring cereals (barley and oats)
  • 480 ha temporary and permanent grassland
  • 100 ha woodland
  • 70 ha rough grazing

Duncan also grows 40 ha of swedes for sale as shopping swedes, with the outgrades fed to sheep and cattle. The main enterprises are 1500 breeding ewes and 130 suckler cows, with all progeny being finished.

Suzanne Hay

Address: SRUC Aberdeen Campus, Craibstone Estate, Bucksburn, Aberdeen AB21 9YA

Telephone: 07767648494


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