At a day-to-day production level this means we focus on one element of the animal’s natural life cycle at a time. In the dairy we calve between February and April, breed between May and July, and dry off between November and Christmas. When spring emerges the cows are fed on grass, which grows incredibly well in this part of the world and they turn it into the super food that is milk.
With the pigs, we also batch-farrow, feed and wean over a three-week cycle in an environment that provides the highest welfare and productivity possible. In every aspect of our work we strive to be technically and financially proficient so that the animals and business can flourish.
Farms in Scotland are generally family businesses and whereas family companies can become complicated it is important for us to have a simple, well-governed system. Gregor runs the pig unit and Rory looks after the dairy. We don’t interfere in each other’s unit, but we talk to and consult each other almost every day.
We simply cannot operate without our excellent, skilled staff. We look to work with dedicated and passionate people and want to deliver the benefits that hard work and commitment deserve. We provide a work-life balance that allows all of us to achieve what we need to. We are also approved placement providers for three colleges.