Pro­gramme mon­i­tors Lochaber farm

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

FORT WIL­LIAM farmer Chris Cameron, of Strone Farm, opened his gates to the lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­nity last week.

Strone Farm was re­cently an­nounced as the Lochaber mon­i­tor farm and on Thurs­day Jan­uary 26 held the first in a se­ries of meet­ings.

Nine mon­i­tor farms have been es­tab­lished around Scot­land in a joint ini­tia­tive by Qual­ity Meat Scot­land ( QMS) and AHDB Ce­re­als and Oilseeds to help im­prove the pro­duc­tiv­ity, prof­itabil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity of the busi­nesses.

Strone Farm will be host­ing a se­ries of 18 meet­ings over the next three years. The fo­cus will be on the tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial chal­lenges that the Camerons face.

The 1,200-hectare hill farm, lo­cated in the Great Glen, is run by Chris in part­ner­ship with his fa­ther Mal­colm and mother Eileen. The fam­ily, who are ten­ants of Lochiel and Ach­nacarry Es­tate, runs 550 North Coun­try Che­viot ewes and 40 Li­mousin cows.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the mon­i­tor farm pro­gramme visit www.qm­scot­land.co.uk or ce­re­als.ahdb.org.uk.

Above: the Lochaber Mon­i­tor Farm team, left to right, Mor­ven Macarthur (SAC Oban, fa­cil­i­ta­tor), Chris, Eileen and Mal­colm Cameron; and, be­low, those who at­tended the event.

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