Rose Nash, a rural surveyor with Galbraith in Dumfries & Galloway said: “It’s great to be able to get together again for the first time following the pandemic, to share best practice and support farmers from across Scotland.
“Farmers are facing a period of unprecedented change as the agricultural sector transitions away from previous land-based subsidies to new schemes expected to focus on biodiversity, habitat creation and nature-friendly farming.
“In Scotland we lead the way in sustainable meat production, using marginal land unsuitable for many crops to produce the highest quality beef. It’s encouraging that the carbon footprint of home-grown, naturally grazed beef is starting to be properly understood – along with the benefits of selective grazing and natural soil fertilization. We hope the Scottish government will set out measures to support sustainable Scottish beef and its benefits for our environment.”
Dalswinton Estate, the host farm for the event, has a total of 555 cows featuring Blue Gray Shorthorn, Luing and Aberdeen-Angus genetics. During the 2022-2023 season, the estate’s calf rearing percentage was 92 per cent. The estate also has areas of amenity woodland and a wind farm, prioritizing sustainability and encouraging biodiversity across all its activities.
Peter Landale, the owner of Dalswinton Estate commented, “This is a critical time for the beef sector. In 2028 the subsidy regime will be changing. The cost of goods and materials is volatile. There is the new order of carbon mitigation and reducing biodiversity loss playing out. As a farmer and particularly a beef farmer it is very difficult to navigate a course for the beef enterprise.
“We are delighted that Galbraith is supporting Speakers’ Corner at the Beef Event. It is by talking and listening we will learn and hopefully arrive at a place where we can set the sails of our businesses for a while.”
The breed societies attending the event and participating in Speakers’ Corner are the Charolais, Aberdeen Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Stabiliser and Galloway societies, while event exhibitors also participating will include: Ruumi, Vytelle, United Auctions, Jamie Blackett, Sam Parsons and Rhidian Jones.
The Galbraith team in attendance will include Rose Nash, David Hurst, Katie Marr, David Corrie, Emma Chalmers, Duncan Barrie, Kitty Campbell, Alistair Christie, Ian Hope and Martin Rennie from the rural team while Eleanor Harris and Athole McKillop will be on hand to provide natural capital and forestry advice.