Former mon­i­tor farm­ers open gates once more

The Oban Times - - Farming/Property -

A SE­RIES of five one- day events to re­visit former mon­i­tor farms will be hosted by Qual­ity Meat Scot­land (QMS) in Novem­ber.

The mon­i­tor farms pro­gramme has been in ex­is­tence since 2003, and to date has in­volved al­most 50 farms funded mainly through the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Skills De­vel­op­ment Scheme, and sup­ported by QMS, DairyCo, NFUS, HGCA and SOPA.

The former mon­i­tor farms se­lected to be part of the QMS legacy ini­tia­tive in­clude Plan Farm on the Isle of Bute.

The mon­i­tor farm project in­volves the se­lec­tion of a farm, typ­i­cal of the area, as the mon­i­tor farm with a com­mu­nity group, com­prised of lo­cal farm­ers and other re­lated busi­nesses, get­ting in­volved in man­age­ment de­ci­sions to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of the farm.

The aim of the legacy meet­ings is to give the com­mu­nity group and host farmer the op­por­tu­nity to re­view on-go­ing projects be­yond the nor­mal life of the mon­i­tor farm and also to as­sess and learn from changes to the busi­nesses.

The Isle of Bute legacy meet­ing, which is open to all and free of charge, will take place at Plan Farm, cour­tesy of Brian and Janet Hill, on Thurs­day Novem­ber 26.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about th­ese events and to reg­is­ter your place visit www.qm­scot­

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