Mill of Inverarity in Angus is run by husband and wife team Rob and Alison Stodart, with their two sons Rory and Tom. The Stodarts farm 358 hectares (152 owned, 206 rented) on two separate units and their enterprises include cereals, suckler cows and sheep.
Mill of Inverarity has been in Alison’s family since 1884 (rented from the Fothringham Estate) and Rob also comes from a farming background, although he was originally based in Dumfriesshire.
The Stodarts are considering some changes to their livestock enterprises. They have just doubled the size of the main flock to 440 breeding ewes (Texel and Texel Beltex crosses) and also buy in approximately 300 store lambs to finish. There are also 200 suckler cows (Simmental Limousin crosses), with 150 stores and 150 finishers. However, the family are reviewing whether the current enterprise mix represents the best policy going forward and are keen to assess how they can make the livestock more efficient.
Currently the farm devotes 130 hectares to spring barley, 30 hectares to winter barley, 25 hectares to oilseed rape and 40 hectares to winter wheat. However, that is also currently under review.
Alison says: “We love farming, it really is a way of life for us, but it needs to be a sustainable business as well. That’s a big part of the reason we wanted to be part of the monitor farm project, to help us become more productive and efficient long-term.”
For further information on Angus Monitor Farm meetings contact David Ross, one of the facilitators on 01569762305 / David.Ross@sac.co.uk