New farm project launched by QMS

A Scottish cattle and sheep farm will take part in a new Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) project, with the aim of growing the business’ net margin performance from “average” to “top 25%". 

This project will track how the performance of this average-performing farm business can be improved over a three-year period to a point where its net margin places it in line with Scotland’s top quartile performing farms of a similar type.

The project will focus first on cattle, but will later move to focus on the sheep side of the business.

The early data collection phase will review the farm’s fertility and calving results and numbers reared over past few years. Forage and soil analysis will be undertaken, along with the metabolic profiling of a number of cows, and grass growth monitoring will also take place.

The identity of the farm will not be revealed in the project, but the lessons learnt along the way will be shared by QMS with the Scottish farming community. The project will be delivered by SAC Consulting, part of SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College.

“This project very much reflects the need to find ways to further improve efficiency on beef and sheep farms, which are under pressure from a range of factors, including the reduction of some of the support systems currently in place,” said Robert Gilchrist of QMS.

“The intention is to identify practical opportunities to make technical and financial improvements.”

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