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Nithsdale Monitor Farm Meeting - February
Farmers attending the next meeting of the Nithsdale Monitor Farm on Thursday 1st February will hear first-hand how developing an effective grassland management and grazing strategy can help boost livestock performance and improve profit margins.
Alex Brewster, a livestock farmer from Dunkeld in Perthshire, will be the guest speaker this this event, which is free to attend and starts at Clonhie Farm, Penpont, DG3 4NB at 11am.
A Nuffield Scholar and past QMS Grazing Group host, Mr Brewster farms Rotmell in partnership with his parents Alastair and Morag. A self-confessed ‘grass geek’ Mr Brewster has set himself the challenge of doubling his production by increasing livestock numbers through better utilisation of grass. One of the ways that the family are making best use of the grazing land at Rotmell is to phase out the autumn calvers and increase the number of spring calving commercial Aberdeen-Angus cows. There are also plans to increase the flock of 800 Blackface ewes.
Whilst at Clonhie, Mr Brewster will give a demonstration of electric fencing, and how it can be used in establishing rotational or paddock grazing systems.
In previous years monitor farmer Andrew Marchant struggled to find enough grazing for his ewes over the winter, so has had to feed concentrates and silage to his sheep, at an additional cost. This year, the ewes at Clonhie have been wintered on deferred grass as well as a kale and swede crop, which was planted for the first time last year after discussion with the management group. As part of the meeting next week, Mr Marchant will give an update from Clonhie and share with the group a comparison of costs between his previous and new ewe wintering system.
Monitor farm meetings are open and free for all farmers to attend. The meeting on Thursday 1st February will begin at 11am at Clonhie Farm before moving to nearby Tynron Hall for lunch. The meeting is expected to finish at 3.30pm.
To book your place (and lunch) please contact Judith Hutchison, by 12 noon on Monday 29 January (contact details below)
phone 07718 919055