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Cumnock Meeting Aimed at Hill Ewe Profit, Sustainability

24 February 2015

SCOTLAND – Improving ewe profitability is the focus of a producer event being held at an Ayrshire hill farm today.

Ashmark Farm is home to Stevie Guild, who produces mule ewes from crossing Blackface sheep and Blue-faced Leicesters.

Attendees will hear about Mr Guild’s approach to hill farm production and discuss electronic identification, using Scotland’s Rural College farm near Crianlarich.

“We are focussing on efficiency and increased production,” said Ayr based Robert Ramsay of the SAC Consulting arm of SRUC. “The area around Cumnock cannot grow good yields of crops like cereals so the best way to convert its grass into something humans can eat is to feed it to livestock like cattle and sheep.

“Obviously they produce methane but if we improve our farming efficiency we get more kilos of meat for each litre of methane and lower farming’s carbon footprint.”

The meeting is supported by the Scottish Government’s Farming for a Better Climate initiative. It seeks to find practical ways of reducing the impact farming has on global warming and helping the industry adapt to an already changing climate.

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