ABOUT FEARN FARM
The Scott family have been at Fearn Farm, a low lying farm situated at the based of the Tarbat Peninusla, Easter Ross, for four generations, with each generation taking care to improve the farm for the next.
Ranging from light soils through to heavy clay the farm has always been a mixed unit. The farm currently grows malting barley alongside commercial and pedigree sheep and cattle, with ground also let on an annual basis for potato production.
Management of the farm is largely undertaken by John Scott who farms in partnership with his wife Fiona and parents James and Janet.
Recent years have seen the farm increase in size with 1015 acres owned at Fearn Farm itself and a further 300 acres rented locally. An additional 2600 acres is farmed at the Sutherland block, with this land also rented and farmed by John and Fiona under the Scott Farming Company Ltd banner.
In-hand cropping on the arable enterprise consists winter and spring barley, with winter barley crops followed by stubble turnips for winter grazing.
John is the fourth generation of his family to farm at Fearn, he obtained an HND in agriculture in Edinburgh before travelling to NZ, that’s when the real learning started and has continued to date with John being awarded a Nuffield farming Scholarship in 2005. 2014 winner of the Farmers Weekly sheep farmer of the year and 2013 Future farmer of the year. John is a Quality Meat Scotland board member and has chaired the Scottish Sheep Sector Review for the Scottish Government.
Fiona originally from a family farm in Caithness moved to Fearn over 20 years ago originally working for Highland Rural Business Services before leaving to start a family and take on the financial side of the business.
Born and bred just over the water in Sutherland Sandy previously worked weekends and holidays whilst studying, before taking on a full time position following his graduation from SRUC in 2017 with a degree in agriculture.
His main areas of responsibility are cattle and growing crops and has also stepped up to assistant manager role, guiding the team in John and Fiona’s absence.
In his spare time Sandy works at home and is Vice-Chairman of the local Young Farmers group Ross Sutherland.
Sarah joined the team in September 2016 after graduating from SRUC with a BA Hons degree in agriculture.
Her role at Fearn is wide and varied and includes all the tasks associated with running a busy modern livestock business. Sarah’s not confined to the office though she’s regularly out and about assisting with various livestock handlings.
In her spare time she is assistant secretary of the local Young Farmers, Ross Sutherland and enjoys trips home to Orkney.
Stud Flock Manager
Sine joined the team in 2015 after leaving school, with a keen interested in sheep it became clear she would be a great asset as a shepherdess here at Fearn. She has been completing a 3 year modern apprenticeship in Agriculture whilst working here. Recently receiving news that she has become a finalists for Lantra Scotland’s Learner of the Year Awards.
In her spare time Sine enjoys training her collie and huntaway dogs.
General Farm Worker
Fraser joined us here at Fearn in November 2017, as a general farm worker and his main duties centre on our machinery whether its feeding livestock in the winter or land based activity in the summer.
Along with Sandy, Fraser keeps up to date with machinery and general farm maintenance and isn’t afraid to lend his hand to anything bringing an excellent skill set from his previous roles as a labourer and trainee gamekeeper.
In his spare time Fraser enjoys working with vehicles and mechanics and shooting.
Julius has recently joined our team and the area, he’s currently on a 2 year working Visa from New Zealand he joined us with a keen interest in sheep and working on a progressive farm.
With lots of previous experience working at various different units back in New Zealand Julius has fitted in well with the team and business here at Fearn.
In his spare time Julius enjoys sport and touring Scotland with his partner.
Junior Flock Manager
Although still at school James is taking an active role in the farm and gets involved at weekends, evenings and school holidays. He’s planning leaving home once school is past to study and travel before hopefully returning home with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm.