The Soil Nutrient Network was established in 2016 through a range of host farms across Scotland. The hosts farm would be part of a “Nutrient Network” of farms demonstrating the benefits of soil analysis, nutrient budgeting and the principles of soil management for enhancing productivity, reducing pollution and enhancing biodiversity. A series of on farm meetings were held at each farm over the two year period where external speakers and local farmers could get together to discuss how we address our soil management practices.
In 2021 we revisited 4 of the Soil Nutrient Network farmers to discuss the impact being part of the project has had on their soil management, productivity and business. We have highlighted some of the key messages the host farmers took from the Soil Nutrient Network through a series of videos and case studies.
Balnellan farm in Moray is farmed by the Milne family. The Milne’s land extends to approximately 160 ha of arable and 160 ha of grassland. The Milne’s run a herd of about 170 cows which are a mix of cross breeds and are put to a selection of bulls (Aberdeen Angus, Limousin, Saler and Shorthorn). Female replacements are retained, with remaining calves sold as stores at 12 months old or finished at 18 to 22 months old.
For more information about the project and host farm, Balnellan Farm, click here
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