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.
Management of the farm is largely undertaken by John and Fiona Scott who farm in partnership with John’s parents James and Janet under the J Scott and Partners banner.
Recent years have seen the farm increase in size with 466ha owned at Fearn Farm itself and a further 270ha rented locally.
John and Fiona also run Scott Farming Company Ltd which was set up to run a farm in Sutherland which they did for five years before giving that tenancy up, selling the flock and relocating the herd of Luing cattle to Easter Ross.
Cropping consists of spring barley for malting and oats, fodder beet, swedes, forage rape and stubble turnips for home consumption.
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 former 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.
Fiona is the glue in the operation, she keeps the wheels turning not only by looking after the finances but by assisting wherever she is required.
We have recently completed our new holiday accommodation which is very much her department.
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 Craibstone 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.
Catherine started full time at Fearn having come here for a lambing job in 2019. A graduate of SRUC Ayr where she completed a degree in ag.
Jim joined the team in 2019 with a wealth of experience having completed his degree in agriculture in 2005 at Craibstone.
Following his studies he worked on farms in Aberdeenshire before returning north to go self-employed for another seven years prior to joining our team.
Having grown up locally and helped us out in the past Jim knows the ropes at Fearn and has settled into the role with ease.
Currently studying agriculture in Edinburgh James works on the farm when available. hopefully returning home with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm following a period of travel and working elsewhere.
Although still at school, Izzy works on the farm when studies and her equine pursuits allow. She keeping her options open at this stage but has an eye for stock and is more than capable of holding her own with the rest of our team.
Over the years we have employed 43 Kiwis on a seasonal basis, many have just been here for lambing, others have stayed for prolonged periods of time and two have even kidnapped local men to take home to NZ!
We are proud to have strong links with New Zealand and enjoy the new ideas and energy that these people bring to our business and community.
If your planning travelling get in touch, who knows we might have a role for you for a few weeks or months and if we don’t we may have contacts who do.