Arable and Livestock farming are carefully combined with sustainable estate management. As members of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) great care is taken to consider conservation in all farming operations.
Arable crops include wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape. Oats are used locally for Quaker Oats at Cupar, and malting barley is sold through our co operative, East of Scotland Farmers, for beer and whisky production.
The livestock graze on lush herb rich pastures on the higher land. Suckler cows produce Aberdeen Angus beef for Scotbeef and lambs are sold through Highland Glen Producers to local shops and outlets.
Farm conservation has won awards for hedgerows and environmental care and many BAP species are carefully protected. As demonstrated by GWCT (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust) we have planted grass margins and beetle banks to encourage beneficial insects, which also help our cereal crops to flourish. Red squirrels, brown hares and grey partridges are given special protection and thrive on the estate. Special wildflower and grass mixes are sown to encourage and sustain wild bee populations.
At Lochan, hill farming is vital to balance the moorland grazing.
The sheep flock graze the heather moorland extensively for nine months of the year. Luing cattle also graze the heather during the summer months. Cattle are weaned in the autumn and sold.
Good in bye pasture provides excellent grazing and conservation for winter feed. Sheep, cattle and wildlife are carefully integrated.