Bayfield Farm near Nigg, is farmed by Duncan Scott in partnership with his parents David and Gill.
The Scotts’ farm business, based about 40 miles north of Inverness, includes the main home unit, Cadbollmount a 700 acres owned unit which is largely used for growing cereals, and a further 500 acres of more upland grassland rented locally. This includes the tenanted Bayfield Farm, which is largely comprised of improved hill and is the focus of the Grazing Group activity.
Duncan started the sheep enterprise at Bayfield in 2011 with the purchase of 750 Cheviot ewes. His aim is to establish a profitable efficient sheep enterprise. The Cheviots have been crossed with the EasyCare , and the ewes have been increasingly replaced with this ‘Chevease’ cross. Ewe numbers are now at 950 head.
There has already been investment in some fencing to enable the ewes and lambs to be rotationally grazed on the hill, and Duncan has also been pleased with the growth rates and grass productivity for weaned lambs grazed rotationally on silage aftermath in 2015.