• BEEF - Fertility is the key to success at Burnside of Tynet

    3 Apr 2019

    Brothers Frank and Wilson Thomson run Burnside of Tynet Farm near Buckie in the north of Scotland. The farm has been in the family since 1837 and has grown over the generations with the family having acquired new farms and neighbouring land to make it the enterprise it is today. Frank and Wilson work full time on the farm, alongside Frank’s son, Hugh and two other permanent workers, Kevin and...

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  • BEEF - In pursuit of the perfect suckler cow

    26 Nov 2018

    Gill and Malcolm Pye bought their 700 acre Rednock Estate in Stirlingshire in 2014. Having researched and invested in the development of an improved suckler female for the past 30 years, the site was bought with the intention of giving them enough space to run a successful commercial suckler herd alongside their Pedigrees. Today the farm is largely given over to cattle, with a small forestry en...

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  • Challenging current perceptions about livestock's efficiency

    3 Oct 2018

    Yet again the livestock industry was being targeted in the mainstream media the other week with a Guardian article claiming that “Europe’s meat and dairy production must halve by 2050”.  The reason, it is claimed, is that the EU’s farming sector had “exceeded safe bounds for greenhouse gas emissions“. Agriculture seems a pretty easy target, and there is no doubt that it must play an active,...

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  • Saving time and money feeding a Maxammon diet

    19 Jun 2018

    Alex Milne is the third generation tenant farmer at Meikle Gourdas in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire which he runs with his father, Sandy and son, Ross.   The farm comprises of 1,400 acres, of which 1,000 is arable with 400 acres of rotational and permanent grass.  The farm is split over four sites, with the majority of the farm activity concentrated around Meikle Gourdas and Fyvie Home Farm. The croppi...

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  • Finishing faster and heavier using the Maxammon approach

    18 Jun 2018

    The arable operation run by father and son James and Tommy Clark at Kerchesters, Kelso is the mainstay of their farming partnership but the beef unit dovetails efficiently on their 360 hectare farmed rented from the Roxburghe Estate in the Scottish Borders. The family, who moved from Fife to Kerchesters in the 1930s grow 145 ha. wheat – destined for seed, distilling and feed, 65 ha. oilseed...

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