Double win in Future Farming Award 2013
After a lengthy search for the best in Scottish agriculture The Future Farming Award came up with two winners. The Award was presented at the Quality Scotland Awards Day by Sir Andrew Cubie and the winners were Robert Neill of Upper Nisbet Farm, Jedburgh and John Scott from Fearn Farm near Tain. Commenting on the finalist Harvey Macmillan of the Murray Trust said that it was quite something that two farms so far apart and with very different environments to cope with still came out so close in terms of sheer quality.
Michael Williams the Trust's Co-ordinator said that "both Robert and John really shone when I met them because they demonstrate how farming can be successfull from both a commercial and an environmental perspective. Coming from opposite ends of the country Robert and John truly represent the breadth of farming talent across the whole of Scotland."
With 1000 acres and Limosin cows and pedigree bulls Robert prides himself on self sufficiency in livestock feed and early adoption of electronic identification as a way of allowing close monitoring and assessement of the performance of all cattle from conception until sold as prime stock.
John Scott with 1200 hectares on three sites blends livestock and cropping enterprises with renwable energy and housing. "As a team" he says "we are always looking for ways in which we can improve what we do and are excited about the future of our industry and the oportunities and challenges it wil bring".
Look in the "Winners" section for some detail about these enterprises and also have a look at the stories of previous winners. You might find items of interest in the "good ideas from around the world section.
A New Partnership
In 2012 The Trust entered into partnership with The Quality Scotland Foundation.
Elizabeth Murray, together with her daughter Helen Zimmerman (a Camphill worker) set up the Trust nearly thirty years ago so we are even older than our new partners.