Aileen Campbell, Constituency MSP for Clydesdale has welcomed the selection of Carstairs Mains Farm as the area's first ever Clyde Monitor Farm.

The 650 acre farm is run by Andrew Baillie. Andrew was selected from a strong line- up of applicants.

The Monitor Farm programme is funded through the Scottish Government's Skills Development Scheme and Quality Meat Scotland and seeks to help farmers improve productivity and farm business profitability.

Aileen said:

"I’m delighted that one of our local young farmers has been selected for this prestigious programme.

"The Monitor Farm programme offers a unique opportunity for farmers to explore management and investments that combine environmental considerations with business performance.

"The aim is to improve the profit of the business involved, as well as improving the profitability of those farms that are linked to the project through a community network. Peer support and sharing ideas is central to the programme and the selected farm is supported throughout by a specifically appointed facilitator.

"Mr Baillie will also have access to consultants, who will provide expertise, technical knowledge, advice and alternative views to him and the other farmers that are part of his Community Group.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for Mr Baillie. Monitor Farms play a significant role in nurturing the future leaders of Scottish agriculture and look forward to watching Mains Farm progress over the next 3 years".



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