Johnnie is the Managing Partner of Balbirnie Home Farms, a 1,300 hectare mixed farm in Fife, Scotland with 800ha of arable crops and 200 suckler cows. The farm has a diverse rotation including oats, spring barley, winter wheat, spring beans, carrots, potatoes and brassica vegetables. Johnnie’s ambition is for regenerative agricultural practices to become the norm across the farm’s enterprises and across the industry and would like to reduce synthetic inputs to zero.
Johnnie, alongside Farms Manager David Aglen, is the AHDB Strategic Cereal Farm host for Scotland, where a number of farm baselining activities and a nutrition trial using tissue and sap testing is taking place for 2021. Johnnie is a director of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, a Soil Association agroecology ambassador, a steering group member of the Nature Friendly Farming Network and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland.
Making regenerative farming work for your business? Using tissue/sap testing to monitor and reduce inputs, create the optimum regenerative dairy farming system, reducing artificial fertiliser inputs on grassland and using biological products to best effect? These are just a handful of questions that our arable and livestock AHDB Strategic and Monitor Farmers are discussing on-farm […]