Richard and Laila Carruthers
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Beef & Lamb
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About Rawfoot

  • 150ha land used for grazing beef cattle and sheep
  • Ewe numbers: 850 ewes and 150 lambs
  • Homebred replacements
  • Ram breeds: Highlander, NZ Sufftex and Focus Prime
  • Cattle numbers and breeds: 65 Simling including a few pedigree Belgian Blues
  • Two key areas of focus for Richard is to progress his rotational grazing system and to improve overall efficiency on the farm

Beef & Lamb Strategic Farmers Richard and Laila Carruthers, Rawfoot

Rawfoot Farm is one of the new Beef & Lamb strategic farms and is managed by Richard Carruthers along with his wife Leila. Richard grew up on a tenanted farm where they are now in their 50th year of tenancy.

Richard was brought up on the tenanted family farm which is now in its 50th year of tenancy. He worked away from the farm in his younger days at a landscaping and dry stone walling business. He then returned and took over the farm business around 20 years ago, from his parents.

Richard says: “In the past five years we’ve moved away gradually from more traditional farming methods to looking at genetics and grazing methods in more detail. The reason I applied to the programme was because I felt I needed to learn a more resilient farming style in order to be able to continue livestock production on an upland farm which can't hide its production costs with generous support payments.

“I’m looking forward to being introduced to new technology and being guided by industry leaders and mentored by forward thinking likeminded farmers.”  

Additional resources

Webinar: AHDB B&L: North East and West Strategic Farms: decision making through challenging weather conditions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hoRFEJnTk8&t=83s

Webinar: Using soil tests to help inform your fertiliser decisions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmrJXWFLsM4

Webinar: AHDB B&L: Richard Carruthers Strategic Farm month event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IbR8TJUurc&t=187s

Podcast: How a positive mindset can help work-life balance https://audioboom.com/posts/7488525-how-a-positive-mindset-can-help-work-life-balance

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Richard and Laila Carruthers

Richard and Laila Carruthers

Richard and Laila farm in Penrith, Cumbria.

Upcoming Meetings

7 June 2022, 10:00 AM - 7 June 2022, 3:00 PM

Rawfoot Farm, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2QZ

The widely reported energy crisis may have caused our domestic energy bills to increase, but it has also led to dramatic price hikes for fuel, nitrogen fertilisers and feed costs.

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