Farmer(s):Steven and Lorraine Sandison
Farm Size:Predominantly grassland farm, carrying spring calving suckler cows, with a limited amount of barley used to support the livestock system (134 Ha ) Owned with the balance seasonally rented on a private basis (94 Ha)
Enterprises:120 suckler cows, which are predominantly homebred. All replacement heifers are homebred and calve down at 24 months.The majority of the calves are sold at weaning in October via private sales to regular buyers. Cows are Simmental and Saler crosses, with Simmental and Charolais bulls being used on the cows and Salers used on the heifers.
First Meeting:30th May 2012
KW17 2LA59° 2' 18.42" N, 3° 11' 4.8876" W
Grassland & Cropping Details (ha): - Rotational Grass 78.71 Ha - Permanent Grass 21.76 Ha - Rough Grazing 10 ha - Spring Barley 11.31 Ha - Arable Silage 7.71 Ha
Orkney farmer Steven Sandison talks us through some of the key improvements he has made to his business as a result of his involvement in the monitor farm programme in this short video.