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Sutherland Monitor Farm Meeting - March
The importance of maximising soil health to boost grass production will be the focus of the next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm on Tuesday 13th March.
At the meeting, which will be held at Clynelish Farm near Brora, Mark Hodkinson, a leading soil specialist, will explain the properties that make up good soil. He will also outline ways in which livestock farmers can improve their own soil management and nutrition in order to maximise grass production and animal health.
The family have 670 ewes of their own and 75 suckler cows, including 11 heifers, and both enterprises are operated on low-cost forage systems. Although Jason and Vic Ballantyne are happy with the return they are currently seeing in their cattle enterprise, they are keen to try and improve efficiencies where they can, so are open to suggestions from the monitor farm group. The couple will lead a breakout session at the meeting to discuss whether they should consider changing their current system. They will also share their recent scanning results and give an update on the farm since their last meeting in January.
The meeting at Clynelish Farm on Tuesday 13th March, is free to attend and open to all, will begin at 11am, with coffee and registration from 10.30am. Lunch is included.
Farmers interested in attending the next Sutherland Monitor farm meeting should confirm attendance with the facilitators Willie Budge or Cat MacGregor (contact details below)
Cat MacGregor or Willie Budge