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North Ayrshire Monitor Farm Meeting - March
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING IS RESCHEDULED FROM THE ORIGINAL MEETING ON WEDS 28 FEBRUARY.
Farmers are invited to the next meeting of the North Ayrshire Monitor Farm on Friday 9 March, which will focus on improving the profitability and efficiency of suckler cows.
At the meeting, which will be held at Auchans Restaurant in Dundonald, Gavin Hill, a Beef Specialist with SAC Consulting, will give an outlook for the beef industry and share ways in which farmers can increase margins on their own farms.
He will be joined by a local suckler beef producer, who will describe about how they manage their herd to maximise productivity and profitability.
John Howie, North Ayrshire’s monitor farm host, runs 250 breeding ewes and finishes over 200 cattle each year at Girtridge. The family also runs a small suckler herd of continental cross cows, which are put to a Limousin bull. All the calves are finished on-farm and sold deadweight at 20 months of age to either AK Stoddart Ltd or Highland Meats.
Last year Mr Howie conducted a full financial and performance review of Girtridge for the first time as part of the monitor farm programme which, he said, has helped him get to grips with how each of the different elements of the farm business is performing.
At the meeting, Mr Howie, who farms in partnership with his mother Margaret and sister Mary, will give an overview on how he currently manages his suckler herd and will ask the group for feedback on how he can potentially improve the performance of his herd.
For catering purposes, those interested in coming along on 9 March should confirm attendance by calling 01292 525252 or emailing FBSAyr@sac.co.uk