Morayshire Monitor Farm
About Morayshire Monitor Farm
- 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.
Corskie Farm, on the north east coast of Scotland, is run by Iain Green in partnership with his mother and father, and the family have been farming in the area for over 60 years.
In total Iain and his team farm 1,416 hectares (809 of which is owned) with cereals, sheep, cattle and pigs. While the majority of their arable land goes for spring barley for distilling (over 526 hectares), they also grow winter barley, winter wheat and spring oats, much of which are used to feed the livestock.
Precision farming is likely to be a key component of the project in Morayshire with Iain keen to use it to help cut costs and increase yields. With over 688 hectares devoted to cereals, Iain currently records and reviews as much data as he can on his crops, to help improve their performance.
Iain also plans to increase the monitoring of their 380 Simmental suckler cows, again with an eye on efficiency. He said: “We’ve been building the size of the herd over the last few years, but now I think we need to look at how we ensure the herd is as productive and profitable as possible. I’d like to increase monitoring of liveweight gains, and also look at how much meat we are producing per cow.”
Iain is hugely appreciative of his dedicated team of twelve full time employees, without whom Corskie Farm wouldn’t be able to operate. He is also assisted by his two daughters, Laura and Jemma, who both plan to work on the farm full time in the future.