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Mains of Thornton (Organic)

Farm Name:Mains of Thornton (Organic)
Farmer(s):The Cooper family, primarily Leslie and son Murray
Farm Size:360ha mixed organic farm carrying breeding cattle and sheep with all progeny finished. Crops all grown to support the livestock.
Enterprises:104 Beef cows, mostly Angus and Limousin X to Angus and Limousin bulls. Housed in a new cattle roundhouse (2010). Spring calving. 15 Home-bred bulling heifers. BVD Accredited and Johnes monitored. 3 Angus and Limousin breeding bulls. 100 Calves, all taken through to finishing and sold as organic. Stores also purchased from other organic producers. 950 Breeding ewes - mostly Texel and Charollais crosses with lambing starting in early February with older ewes, through to the ewe lambs at the end of April. 25 Texel and Charollais Tups 1500 Lambs, all finished off grass, stubble neeps and forage rape Cropping Crop Area (ha) Area (acres) Description 210 ha Grassland 16 Rotational grass in white clover leys 520 40 Permanent grassland Spring barley 50 124 Westminster for home feeding. Mainly for finishers, some to cows at calving. Straw for bedding finishers and feeding to cows while on neeps. Spring Oats 4 10 For thinner cows all winter and all cows pre and post calving. Fodder Rape/ Stubble neeps 20 50 Direct into ploughed grassland after silage/hay or grazing. Mostly for finishing lambs.
Facilitators:
  • Maggie Magee, Lead Facilitator, 07907 621 950, maggie@bws@internet.co.uk
  • Debs Roberts, Facilitator, 077 33 22 8701, deborah.roberts@sfqc.co.uk
First Meeting:14th January 2011
Address:
Mains of Thornton
Bourtie
Inverurie
AB51 0JX
57° 18' 32.4072" N, 2° 17' 58.8336" W
Contacts:
  • Maggie Magee - 07907 621 950, maggie@bws@internet.co.uk
  • Debs Roberts - 07733 228 701, deborah.roberts@sfqc.co.uk