30
Aug, 2017

This year’s Great from Grass ram sale at Fearn Farm saw a tremendous demand for all breeds of rams, with a record average achieved and buyers from across Scotland and beyond in attendance.

It was the Aberfield shearlings which proved the sale stars this year, with 38 sold to a top call of 1300gns twice and an average of £860.72.

Texels were also in high demand, selling to a top call fo 1250gns thrice and averaging £822.44 for the 34 sold.

Meanwhile, the 24 New Zealand Suffolk shearlings sold to the peak of 1050gns, with the consignment levelling at £815.94.

A small number of Beltex and Beltex cross rams sold to a top of 550gns, averaging £504 for five sold.

Pleasingly the sale resulted in a total clearance of the rams on offer with the overall average once again up on the year and buyers eager to secure their ram requirements in good time for tupping.

John Scott said the response from buyers had been tremendous, giving the team at Fearn Farm the confidence to press ahead with their breeding strategy.

“Friday night was a record average for us and gave us further confidence that the breeding programs we have in place in our stud flocks are working not just for us, but for other people as well.

“The team at Fearn work really hard to make the sale happen not just in the build up to the sale, but throughout the year and it’s important that they be given credit for making it the success it was,” he added.

“Friday will give us all a spring in our step which should last for some time and will spur us on to make it even better next year. Breeding sheep is a long term project which never finishes we are always looking for ways in which to improve our flocks and will continue to do so.”

02
Aug, 2017

This year’s Great from Grass ram sale will take place on Friday 25 August with more than 100 rams forward for sale on the day.

Included in the sale are  Texel rams, New Zealand Suffolk rams and SuffTex rams, Beltex rams and Aberfield rams. The catalogue is available to download by clicking on the image below

The sale day will follow the usual format with rams available to view and refreshments served from 2pm and the sale commencing at 4pm.

As in previous years the sale will be conducted by Dingwall and Highland Marts and rams may, by prior arrangement, be left at the farm for later collection.

You can see videos of the rams for sale on our Facebook page. For more details please don’t hesitate to contact us.

22
Dec, 2016

Due to the fact that we have yet to appoint a replacement for a valued team member and as a result of ongoing expansion we currently have two roles available at Fearn.

These roles encompass many tasks including tractor work (we use contractors for the main operations), maintenance, stock work, fencing, grassland management and much more.

It’s important that the successful applicants have some of the skills we require, but the rest can be taught or learnt on the job, training courses will also be given if required.

We are looking for people with the right frame of mind who will complement our small team which currently looks after 6000 breeding ewes and 250 beef cows along with 100ha of forage crops and 170ha of spring barley.

It’s fair to say that things are always busy at Fearn and we are committed to growing a successful business based on high quality stock and cereal production.

The job will have plenty variation with sensible hours and a sense of humour and the ability to work as part of a team is essential.

Modern accommodation and an attractive package await the successful applicants.

Apply with CV to info@fearnfarm.com

06
Sep, 2016

The fifth Great from Grass ram sale saw a total of 107 rams change hands, with prices peaking at 1450gns for an Aberfield tup, with all breeds well sought after.

An entry of 39 Texel shearling tups sold to a high of 1050gns and others at 1000gns and 920gns twice, with the consignment levelling the evening at £667.42.

Meanwhile, the 20 New Zealand Suffolks on offer peaked at 820gns and averaged £563.85, while 38 Aberfield shearlings averaged £743.57, with top prices here including rams at 1250gns, 1200gns and 1100gns.

The 10 Beltex and Beltex x Suffolk shearlings hit a high of 735gns, with these averaging out at £426.30 and other leading prices including 650gns and 580gns.

Once again we are grateful to all our buyers and supporters, including the auctioneers at Dingwall and Highland Marts and the event sponsors.

 

23
Aug, 2016

The catalogue for this year’s Great from Grass ram sale can now be viewed and downloaded from the link below. This is the fifth on-farm ram sale held at Fearn Farm and once again features a quality selection of rams from our flocks, including Texels, New Zealand Suffolks, Beltex and Aberfields.

All rams have been reared on forage-based diets and inspected by our own vets prior to the sale to allow buyers to bid with confidence. Rams are in the Heptavac P+ system and have been dipped and treated with Zolvix and Cydectin 2% LA solution.

This year’s sale takes place on Friday 26th August, with viewing from 2pm and the sale commencing at 4pm.

To view this year’s catalogue click here

17
Aug, 2016

Our second on-farm store lamb sale saw a good turnout of buyers with many repeat buyers following successful finishing of lambs purchased at last year’s sale.

Texel lambs were the pick of the trade, with a pen of 112 Texel crosses reared at Scotsburn selling for £63 a head, while a pen of 106 bred at Garty sold for £58 apiece.

Texels bred at Fearn sold to £56.50 for a pen of 156 Texel, Beltex and Aberfield cross lambs, while 157 Aberfield and Texel crosses from Nigg making £55.

Other breeds also sold well, with Suffolks from Fearn making up to £54.50 a head and Southdown crosses peaking at £55.50.

 

The sale resulted in a total clearance of all store lambs and an overall average of £49.22, with lambs being mainly long keep lambs.

We thank our buyers for their support once again and wish them well with their purchases.

 

18
Jul, 2016

This year’s Great from Grass ram sale will take place on Friday 26 August with 120 rams forward for sale on the day.

Included in the sale are 50 Texel rams, 15 New Zealand Suffolk rams and SuffTex rams, 10 Beltex rams and 45 Aberfield rams.

The sale day will follow the usual format with rams available to view and refreshments served from 2pm and the sale commencing at 4pm.

As in previous years the sale will be conducted by Dingwall and Highland Marts and rams may, by prior arrangement, be left at the farm for later collection.

You can see videos of the rams for sale on our Facebook page. For more details please don’t hesitate to contact us.

27
Apr, 2016

Due to a key member of our team choosing to emigrate we are currently looking for an adaptable and versatile general farm worker who is looking for a challenging and varied new role on a progressive Highlands farm.

Involved in a wide range of day to day tasks the ideal applicant will be a good team player with good machinery operating and maintenance skills as well as a willingness to work with both cattle and sheep on a daily basis when required. Fencing, general farm and building maintenance skills and an understanding of modern technology would all be beneficial, but are not essential.

Work will include fertiliser spreading and all livestock related tractor and machinery work, but excludes major arable cultivation and harvesting work.

This role involves taking responsibility for a number of elements of the machinery and farm management, including the ordering of some inputs. A well appointed family house and competitive package are available for the right candidate and this role would suit someone looking to develop their skills and career.

Please email a current CV and covering letter to info@fearnfarm.com

07
Mar, 2016

The Scott family and the wider team at Fearn Farm are to be beamed in to the nation’s sitting rooms over the coming weeks as they star in the BBC documentary series ‘This Farming Life’ which airs from Monday 7 March for four weeks.

The series follows a number of Scottish farmers throughout the farming year, with 12 episodes due to be screened over the next four weeks, each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

To see details of the series click here.

07
Mar, 2016

The Fearn herd will have a strong line up of yearling bulls for sale later this spring, with a total of 14 bulls available for sale from the farm from May onwards.

The bulls are sired by a number of the herd’s stock sire Podehole Fenman and others bred by embryo transfer from Australian genetics and sired by Broughton Park Diplomat and Broome Powerpack

All bulls are bred from leading lines within the Fearn herd and can be viewed on farm by appointment.

Please contact John for further details.