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North Ayrshire Monitor Farm Meeting - January
The next North Ayrshire monitor farm meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday 26 January courtesy of John Howie, Girtridge Farm, Dundonald, KA2 9BX.
The focus of the meeting will be a review of the first year as a monitor farm and the plans to improve the profitability and sustainability of their business.
Girtridge Farm, which is managed by John Howie in partnership with his mother Margaret and sister Mary, finished 220 cattle last year, all of which are housed over the winter.
There will be an opportunity to view the progress of the installation of a new cattle handling system on the farm. There will also be a chance for the group to discuss the proposed changes to the cattle sheds in order to improve ventilation, minimise respiratory problems and improve livestock performance in the housed cattle.
Mr Howie will also share Girtridge’s performance figures and costings for 2017 and invite suggestions from the group for ideas for how the business can develop in 2018 and beyond.
Following lunch at a nearby Inn, Stephen Burns, Project and Technical Manager at the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation (Agri-EPI) Centre will give a presentation to the group.
The Agri-EPI Centre has been established to drive growth and support innovative ideas to help farmers and business owners become more profitable and sustainable. It has over 140 members and brings together leading academic institutions with industry partners to design and develop research and innovations that will support growth in the food and farming sectors.
For catering purposes, those interested in coming along on 26 January should confirm attendance with Raymond Creara (contact details below)
Contact Raymond Crerar (SAC Ayr) on 01292 525252 or email FBSAyr@sac.co.uk