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Robbie Newlands: 'I think the sheep trade might take a hit if France puts the shutters up'

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Our area has a new monitor farm, J. and J. Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Elgin, and the first meeting will be on February 8.

 

The business is large and progressive, and is to focus on the arable side through the monitor programme, although cattle and sheep will also be looked at.

 

Ian Green, our host, is at the forefront when it comes to technology, using soil mapping, GPS guidance and a drone for aerial inspection of crops. The cattle, a large beef suckler herd, uses electronic tagging.

 

There is much to see and learn about, although I fear coming home and being a bit depressed by how much I need to raise my game by to get to where Corskie is.

 

At home, we continue to crack on with the plough. The ground is in good order and with the dry sunny days, it almost looks like spring, even though it is still January. Feeding cattle outside is a pleasure at the moment.

 

Lambs are reducing in number now, as we get them away fat, but are not setting any records pricewise. It concerns me as to where the lamb market will be post-Brexit. I think sheep might take a bit of a hit if our neighbours in France put up the shutters.

 

Our girls Ellie and Eve have spent most of last month revising for their preliminary exams, which are now past. ‘Herr Kirsty’ of the revision Gestapo can now relax, as her and I head of for a weeks holiday, skiing.

 

On a slightly sad note, this is my last In Your Field article. It has been interesting and definitely not in my comfort zone.

 

It is good to try new things, if only to confirm where your interests lie. I hope it has not been too serious, as we all need a laugh now and then.

 

Kirsty will forgive me, eventually, for the various references to her over the last 18 months. I wish you all well and hope we all prosper in the years ahead.

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