Farmers: Lord David Kennedy and Estate Factor Chris Savage
Address: Culzean, By Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8LB
A large arable farm, in the heart of livestock country, using minimum tillage techniques to protect soils, while working with the environment to deliver sustainable farming and business operations.
An Arable unit extending to approximately 620 Ha, close to Turnberry in South Ayrshire.
Crops for food
All crops grown on the farm are grown for specific, well researched markets or specific customers. Most crops are grown for the livestock feeding market, making the most of the fact that the farm is in a predominantly livestock producing area, thereby reducing food miles. Crops are also grown for a local Anaerobic Digester.
Current cropping includes (Wheat, Barley, Field Beans, Maize, Fodder Beet, Hybrid Rye and Arable Silage)
The farms are part of a larger estate and as such we have regular and active engagement with the local communities.
On larger projects we will consult with the local Community Councils and obtain their support/endorsement before progressing.
We consider the environment in all of our farming operations. We have extensive areas managed for bio-diversity including species rich grassland, unharvested crops, wetlands and water margins and hedges all of which form a rich tapestry of habitats and contribute to a wider Farmland Bird Initiative which was established with some neighbouring farmers. In 2016 we were also accepted for Wildlife Estates Level 2 accreditation. We also neighbour the National Trust for Scotland Property, Culzean Castle and Country Park, with whom we work closely on conservation and education initiatives.
We are always happy to host visits that allow us to share our experience and knowledge. We recognise that our minimum (strip) tillage is relatively unique, particularly in these parts.
We regularly host school parties through the Royal Highland Education Trust, College students and farmer groups.
About LEAF Demonstration Farms
LEAF Demonstration Farms are commercial farms, which show the beneficial practices of Integrated Farm Management (IFM) to a broad range of audiences, through organised visits. They communicate an understanding of IFM in order to encourage uptake by farmers, support from the industry and political awareness of sustainable food and farming. For more information, visit archive.leafuk.org.
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