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Stirlingshire Monitor Farm Summer Open Day

Event date: Wednesday, 12 June 2024

Event location: Lands of Drumhead Balfron Station G63 0NH

Booking information:

Good to know

  • Car parking is very limited – car share if possible
  • Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy/waterproof footwear
  • Biosecurity – clean vehicles, footwear and clothing before attending
  • Sorry, no children under 16 or dogs are allowed

Wednesday 12th Jun 2024

From 15:00pm – 19:00pm

It’s summertime! Come along and find out how the Duncan Family are getting on with increasing the sustainability of their farm business.

Increasing the Sustainability of Your Livestock Farm

Event Programme

  • 3.00pm – Arrival for Teas & coffee
  • 3.15pm – Welcome & Update
  • 3.30pm – Keynote Speaker – Robert Gilchrist CEO Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society
  • 4.15pm – Farm Walk with Topic Stations

Can EACS work for your farm and the value of your farm’s environment.

Moredun Research Institute Research Outreach bus  – Sustainable Parasite Control can save time and money! Poop Check.

Additional farm income sources – Duncan Family Farms

  • 6.00 pm (approx.)- BBQ
  • 7.30 pm – Close

Meet the Duncan Family – Lands of Drumhead Farm

Lands of Drumhead and Blairfad total 1,250ac and are situated on the boundary of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, near Gartness hamlet in the Endrick valley. They are farmed by the Duncan family, who have a stratified system with the hill farm at Inveruglas producing replacements for the lowland units.

Three of Bruce and Shona’s four children are looking to return to the farm from full-time education and are becoming increasingly involved in the running of the farms. Bruce’s parents and his father’s cousin also continue to be involved at their respective holdings.

The 30 hilled suckler cows and 1,3000 Black-faced ewes at Inveruglas are the basis of the herds and flocks at Lands of Drumhead and Blairfad. In total, the Duncans are calving 180-190 cows each year, and have a flock of 2,300 sheep.

The ambition of the programme is to instigate positive transformational change in innovative sustainable farming practices on nine farms across Scotland and to use the learnings from these farms for the benefit of farmers across the country.

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