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Morayshire 3rd Monitor Farm Meeting
The malting potential of new barley varieties will be a key theme for the coming Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting on Tuesday 11 July at Corskie Farm. There will also be discussions on cattle creep feeding and weaning, biostimulants and grain markets.
Monitor Farmer Iain Green and his team farm 1,416 hectares of cereals, sheep, cattle and pigs. The majority of the arable lands goes for spring barley for distilling, although they also grow winter barley, winter wheat and spring oats. On the livestock side they have 380 commercial Simmental crosses, 200 pedigree Simmentals, 600 Mule and Mule cross Texel sheep, and an indoor breeding herd of 380 sows.
The group will take a walk through Corskie’s winter and spring barley trials.
Hugh Thomson, a farmer and vet who also sits on Corskie’s Management Team, will cover cattle creep feeding, looking at whether it is beneficial to production and less stressful for the calf. Hugh will also discuss weaning and mastitis control, giving guidance on best practice, as well as asking the community group to share their experiences.
Gavin Will from GrainCo will outline how things are looking on the local and global grain markets as well as advising attendees on getting the best out of grain contracts.
The group also will get the chance to look more closely at barley plants dug up from the ongoing Alltech biostimulants trial. These products should stimulate plant growth and so the group will expect to see better root growth on the treated plants compared to those untreated.
The event is free of charge but to assist with catering it would be appreciated if you can book a place by contacting Samantha Stewart by phone (01343 548 787) or email (email@example.com).