Trip to BASE UK Member Farms in Scotland

We are looking forward to a trip to Scotland on the 30th and 31st October to visit some of our BASE UK members.

Monday 30th October – we will be visiting Doug Christie in Durie, Fife.  Doug spoke at our AGM in February this year and this will be a great opportunity to see what he was talking about.

Doug stopped ploughing almost 2 decades ago and most of his farm has not been ploughed from between 17 to 19 years.  He has also started bi-cropping with peas & barley and wheat & beans growing this year.  It will be a great opportunity to see what an established CA farmer has achieved in that time.

Tuesday 31st October, in the morning we will be visiting Sandy Allison at Edinburgh.  Sandy stopped ploughing 15 years ago and in the last 4 years has no-tilled his farm. According to the local Vaderstad rep who thought that Sandy’s farm was one of the wettest in Scotland when he started, he now says it is one of the driest through his dedication to adopting No Till and Conservation Agriculture systems.

Both Doug and Sandy provide a huge resource to our group by sharing their wealth of knowledge and years of experience having adopted the CA and No Till systems some time ago, in a part of the country that should make these techniques difficult to adopt.

In the afternoon of Tuesday 31st October we will be visiting Colin Hunter at East Linton.  Colin farms a total of 500 acres with 400 acres in cereals and has store cattle on the remainder.  He has been using Conservation Agriculture since 2012 so in relative terms to Doug and Sandy, is just at the start of his journey. He uses organic matter from local malting grain waste as well as food waste from an AD plant.  He has a Horshe Sprinter drill. Our thanks to Colin for opening his farm to show us how the CA process begins.

Anyone wishing to know more about this event can contact Rebecca on rebecca@base-uk.co.uk before 27th October.

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