CROPS AT FEARN FARM
The arable enterprise at Fearn Farm is based around production of high quality malting barley for the local whiskey industry.
We grow 200ha’s of Concerto and Sassy spring barley which is either sold to Scotgrain or through our local co-operative Highland Grain.
20ha of spring oats is also grown for our own use and any spring barley not suitable for the malting market is also used to feed livestock throughout the winter.
All straw is baled for winter use and sale, with a further 250 ha of straw bought and baled locally for sale to farms further north and west.
Most arable operations are undertaken by contractors, with local operators Allan W J Wilson used for all significant fieldwork. Sub soiling and fertiliser spreading are the only arable work done in-house.
Over the past few year forage crops have played an increasing role in how we winter livestock and we now have 90ha devoted to fodder beet, swedes and forage rape and a further 30ha of stubble turnips are sown after grass annually.
Italian rye is used as a short term grazing or cutting option whilst we like to use the most effective up to date grass varieties for our longer term grazing mixes.