Volunteer Farmers Wanted for Next Farming for a Better Climate Programme

29 August 2013

The search is on for three volunteer farmers interested in saving energy and reducing costs.

After three years of the Farming for a Better Climate initiative, funded by Scottish Government, the first climate change focus farmers’ time with the project is coming to an end. Plans are now underway to identify the next group of host farmers who, with the help of their neighbours, can identify practical ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Scottish agriculture.

“Our first volunteers didn’t quite know what to expect three years ago”, says Rebecca Audsley, Climate Change Manager for Scotland’s Rural College. “But they took the plunge and all of them say they enjoyed it, have learned a lot and reduced their business costs, as well as the farm’s carbon footprint.”

The original farmers, from Torr Farm, Castle Douglas; Glenkilrie at Blairgowrie and Stewart Tower near Stanley hosted a series of open meetings each year. Attending these were groups of local farmers, SRUC researchers, consultants and other guest speakers to discuss the pros and cons of ideas and changes tried out on their farms. These ranged from straightforward measures to reduce fuel bills through better energy use in the dairy, to increasing livestock profitability on the farm, for example by looking at housing and age of calving.

Once the three new farmers are identified the project will begin before Christmas with the collection of baseline data and a first on farm meeting. There may be some flexibility in timing depending on activities on the host farm.

For more information click here or contact Rebecca Audsley on 01292 525089 or email Rebecca.audsley@sac.co.uk. You can also have a look at to see what previous farmers have done by visiting the Farming For a Better Climate web page.

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