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Climate Change Focus Farm: Rumbletonrig, Scottish Borders

30 March 2024

This article originally appeared on the Farming For A Better Climate website



Messer’s J. Mitchell is a family run farming business located at Rumbletonrig, outside the small town of Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders.

The farm comprises of 327 ha, main cropping is grass followed by spring barley and winter wheat. A proportion of the grass area is used for silage production and is clamped for winter feeding. Straw is retained for bedding.  The main enterprise is beef production as well as some sheep; there are currently 300 suckler cows and 250 breeding ewes.

John and Rhona Mitchell volunteered to work with SAC Consulting as a Climate Change Focus Farm from 2014 -2019. Find out more from the meeting notes below about the topics and management changes we investigated during the initiative to help improve farm efficiency and resource use, and in turn, reduce the farm carbon footprint.

How can you benefit from work at Rumbletonrig?

Greenhouse gas emissions can be viewed as a waste – this waste can be a drain on business profits and increase your farm carbon footprint.  A series of on-farm meetings discussing practical ideas and ways to improve resource use efficiency and profitability are underway at Rumbletonrig; meetings are free to attend and all farmers are welcome.

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