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 cereals and forage crops, 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 the tenancy up, selling the flock and relocating the herd of Luing cattle to Easter Ross.
Cropping consists of malting spring barley, wheat, oats, fodder beet, swedes, forage rape, peas, kale and stubble turnips for on-farm 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.
In 2014, John was announced as the Farmers Weekly ‘Sheep Farmer of the Year’ and 2013 ‘Future Farmer of the Year’. He is a former Quality Meat Scotland board member and has chaired the Scottish Sheep Sector Review for the Scottish Government.
Fiona is originally from a family farm in Caithness, and 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 – The Mill at Fearn Farm – which is her venture.
James Scott (Snr.)
James Scott (Senior) was the thrid generation of Scott Family to farm at Fearn, and he’s still actively farming today.
Usually spotted in shorts and Jesus sandles, James works hard in the background, and is an information ‘pot of gold’ for all things Fearn Farm.
James Scott (Jnr.)
Assistant Stud Manager
After completing an HND in Agriculture from SRUC Edinburgh, James takes a lead role in the management of our beef and sheep stud enterprises. James is heading to New Zealand for a period of travel and work – hopfeully returning home with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm.
Studying an Agri-Business at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, Izzy works on the farm when studies allow. With a keen eye for stock, she focusses primarily on Fearn’s sheep enterprise, and heads up the lambing shed – a mean feat for an 18-year-old! With previous experience wool handling for two shearing seasons, Izzy is hoping to head out to New Zealand for her HAU placement year in summer 2023 – to learn from the very best of NZ’s shearing and wool industry.
Social Media Manager
Lexie is studying in her final few years at high school, and fits farm work around her studies. She is a key admin of Fearn’s social media accounts – even teaching her parents a thing or too, to keep them up to date!
Head Bale Carter
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 oversees all growing crops and machinery.
General Farm Worker
Hamish splits his time between the arable and cattle enterprises at Fearn – supporting Jim with machinery too. Through the summer months, Hamish spends more time on the tractor tending to the cereal crops – and in winter, takes a lead role feeding cattle. He’s also a great chef – and often hosts BBQs for the team in summer months!
Fencer and General Maintenance
Scott has grown up locally – near Scotsburn Farm which we contract farm for RW Durham & Partners.
He looks after all of Fearn’s fencing projects and maintenance, as well as assisting the key enterprises with seasonal workloads – a Jack of all trades!
From a beef farm in Derbyshire, Emily graduated Harper Adams in 2021 with a degree in Agriculture with Farm Business Management. She started at Fearn Farm in summer 2021, and works largely in the office with administration and organisation, while helping in the lambing shed and livestock enterprises when required.
With a background working at home at Balcaskie Estate in East Fife, Murray has worked lambing seasons at Fearn Farm over the years. In fact, he enjoyed the lambing season so much, he’s working at Fearn to complete his agricultural apprecticeship – and hoping to head to university in Autumn 2023 to further his agricultural education. At Fearn, we rate Murray (but secretly love his collie, Sally, more).
Ed joins Fearn Farm from July 2022 for his 12-month Harper Adams placement year. He hopes to gain a weath of experience of mixed farming operations, before heading back to Harper in Autumn 2023 to complete his final studies – a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture.
Tui and Fern
An essential part of the operation – our dogs. With a lot of cattle and sheep jobs everyday, our team of dogs is essential to the work we do. Particularly helpful for gathering in hills and large fields, these dogs never seem to tire – even when we’re positively knackered after a hard day’s graft.
Over the years, we’ve employed 46 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 you’re 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.