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.
Father and son Angus and Niall Jeffrey farm 288 ha (711 acres) arable and 246 ha (608 acres) of grassland over two farming units in East Lothian. Bielgrange lies between the village of East Linton and Stenton with a further farm in the Lammermuir Hills. Angus and Niall run 400 suckler cows and followers in combination with their arable units. The Jeffrey family were awarded the AgriScot 2018 Scotch Beef Farmer of the year award.
For more information about the project and host farm, Bielgrange, click here
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