Bute’s tenant farmers have been given the chance to find out more about how ‘whole farm reviews’ could help improve the sustainability of their businesses at a presentation organised by their landlord, the Bute Estate.
The Estate’s parent body, the Mount Stuart Trust, is part-funding the Whole Farm Review Scheme - a Scottish Government intiative aimed at giving farmers free access to a personalised review of their whole business to improve efficiency and identify and develop business opportunities.
The information event, held at Mount Stuart’s visitor centre, was also attended by representatives of four companies who are involved in the scheme and are able to offer expertise in a range of agricultural and business areas.
The event was followed by a workshop at Kingarth Hotel aimed specifically at the island’s dairy farmers to look at ways of developing and improving the sector on the island.
Bute Estate farmer Aleck Nairn, chairman of NFU Scotland’s Bute branch, said: “Both events were well received by the tenants I have spoken with - an opportunity of free, expert advice and a review that might strengthen our businesses can only be a good thing.”
Bute Estate factor Bob Baines added: “The Trust is keen to ensure the island has a strong and sustainable farming sector. Farming plays a critical role in our island economy and the Trust’s part-funding of the Whole Farm Review is a great example of the way the Trust can play its part in supporting its tenants.”