Lothians Monitor Farm

Bill Gray and Peter Eccles
Farm sectors:
Cereals & Oilseeds
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About Lothians Monitor Farm

  • Joint Monitor Farm project hosted by Prestonhall and Saughland Farms
  • Livestock and cereals
  • Monitor Farm since 2016
  • 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. 

Prestonhall Farms and Saughland Farm are working together as a joint Monitor Farm in the Lothians.

Saughland Farm is a total of 320 hectares, 70 hectares of which is arable. Peter Eccles joined Saughland Farm as farm manager three years ago and since then has more than doubled the sheep numbers (from 950 to over 1900) and is slowly moving the flock from inside to outside lambing. The farm  has 55 suckler cows, mainly Angus, Hereford, and Limousin crosses, which complement the sheep enterprise and are integral to the grazing system.

Prestonhall Farms, managed by Bill Gray, is an arable enterprise of 660 hectares growing cereals and oilseeds on a five-year rotation. Currently the farm devotes approximately 120 hectares to spring barley, with 160 hectares of winter wheat, 70 hectares of winter barley, 70 hectares of oilseed rape and 60 hectares of oats, along with over 100 hectares of permanent pasture and 78 hectares of woodland. 

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Please the Livestock Plus article about the Lothians Monitor Farm here.

A summary of the first year of Lothians Monitor Farm as part of the Monitor Farm programme can be found here

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