Bet­ter Graz­ing plan launches in Ar­gyll

The Oban Times - - Farming -

LIVE­STOCK farm­ers in Ar­gyll and Bute are in­vited to at­tend the launch meet­ing of the new Camp­bel­town ‘Bet­ter Graz­ing’ pro­gramme on Mon­day Au­gust 14

he new graz­ing project, one of six launched this month by Qual­ity Meat Scot­land (QMS), aims to help farm­ers in Ar­gyll and Bute iden­tify op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity through bet­ter util­i­sa­tion of grass. It fol­lows the very suc­cess­ful QMS Graz­ing Group project which came to an end in March.

As part of the pro­gramme, there will be four meet­ings held in the Camp­bel­town area each year, for the next three years. Those at­tend­ing the meet­ings will hear from ex­pert speak­ers as well as farm­ers from around Scot­land who will share their ex­pe­ri­ences of how they have im­proved their grass­land man­age­ment.

There will also be an op­por­tu­nity to visit farms of those who have al­ready made changes to their graz­ing man­age­ment or to new group mem­bers keen to make bet­ter use of their grass with the help and sup­port of the rest of the group.

The first meet­ing of the . Camp­bel­town Bet­ter Graz­ingT pro­gramme will be held at the Ard­shiel Ho­tel on Mon­day Au­gust 14. The event, which is free, be­gins at 10am.

The meet­ing will also hear from Robert Flem­ing from Cas­tle Sin­ni­ness, Glen­luce. He has 240 hectares, split among three farms which sup­ports 250 pedi­gree Aberdeen-An­gus and An­gus cross cows, as well as a flock of 65 Roussin sheep. Mr Flem­ing was an ac­tive mem­ber of the pre­vi­ous QMS South West Graz­ing Group and en­cour­aged farm­ers to get in­volved with the new Bet­ter Graz­ing pro­gramme.

Places at the meet­ing are lim­ited and will be on a first come, first served ba­sis. To re­serve a place, con­tact QMS on 0131 472 4040 or info@qm­scot­land.co.uk.

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