Lochaber Monitor Farm
About Lochaber Monitor Farm
- 1,200 ha
- The Scottish Monitor Farms programme is being funded by £1.25million secured from the Scottish Government and European Union’s Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund. It is run jointly by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.
Strone Farm, a 1,200-hectare hill farm, located in the Great Glen, one of Scotland’s most scenic, but also wettest areas, is run by Chris Cameron in partnership with his father Malcolm and mother Eileen.
The family, who are tenants of Lochiel and Achnacarry Estate, were inspired to become monitor farmers after attending meetings held on two previous monitor farms on Mull and North Connel, Argyll.
They have already successfully introduced some changes in response to some of the main challenges the farm faces – including an annual rainfall of 120 inches and a major fox problem at lambing time.
However, they feel there is plenty of scope for the farm business to benefit from further changes and fresh ideas which could improve the efficiency of the business which runs 550 North Country Cheviot ewes and 40 pure Limousin cows.
Chris said: “We are far from perfect and we know that there is plenty of scope to make improvements to our business through being part of the monitor farm project.
“We’re also really looking forward to sharing the benefits of having a Monitor Farm in Lochaber with other farmers in the area.”
A summary of the first year as a Monitor Farm can be found here