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Shetland Monitor Farm Meeting - March
Health planning, the marketing of Shetland hill lamb and opportunities for young people working in agriculture are just some of the topics to be discussed at the next meeting of the Shetland Monitor Farm on Saturday 17th March.
Gary Mitchell, dairy farmer from Stranraer and Vice-Chairman of NFU Scotland, is known for his enthusiasm for encouraging young people into farming and identifying training and employment opportunities for them. At the meeting, which will begin at Bigton Hall at 11am, he will speak about how taking part in the Rural Leadership Programme ten years ago changed his way of thinking about farming and politics.
Also at the meeting, Jim Tait of Shetland Vets will talk about the benefits of livestock health planning, including an improvement in animal welfare, financial gain and increased farm efficiency.
As Bigton farm, Shetland’s Monitor farm, is a lowland farm and doesn’t produce purebred Shetland lamb, a Shetland Hill Lamb sub-group has been established to feed into the monitor farm community group and there will be an update from sub-group chairman, Eric Graham, following its inaugural meeting in February.
Aimee and Kirsty Budge are keen to share what has been happening at Bigton Farm since their last meeting in December. The farm recently conducted a carbon audit which has highlighted some changes they could make to improve efficiencies on the farm. The business is also in the process of putting in an environmental grant application to AECS to help fund the management of its heaths and wetlands and other grasslands around the farm.
The meeting on Saturday 17th March will begin at Bigton Hall at 11am and end at 3pm. Lunch will be provided.
To book your attendance (and lunch!) please contact facilitator Graham Fraser, contact details below.