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Young Farmer Focus: Iain Wilson - 'When the weather plays ball, farming seems easy'

Iain Wilson, 27, is a farm manager at Tulloch Farms, a 720-hectare mostly arable unit with a small flock of sheep and 250 B&B cattle each winter.

Weather: As I sit writing this article I am blessed with a glorious view out the office window over the Howe o’ the Mearns bathed in sunshine.

 

The countryside is a hive of activity with float loads of cattle passing and heading for summer grazing and various tattie-planting squads working all hours to take advantage of this delightful spell of weather.

 

What a difference 12 months makes. At this stage last year we had only just started sowing, yet this year I have time to pause and reflect on what has been a trouble-free spring, and can almost say we are caught up with the work.

 

Spring sowing is all complete and through the ground, the potato land we let out is all planted, lambing is finished and fertiliser is all up to date.

 

Farming seems easy when the weather plays ball.


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Progress: Over the past few weeks we have been getting all the spraying up to date with winter barley now at T1 and wheat only a few days away.

 

Most of the cattle in the sheds all winter on a B&B basis headed away to grass, and we finished sowing grass seed, ploughing for fodder beet and all the second fertiliser application has gone on the winter cereals.

 

We use a combination of granular and liquid fertiliser, allowing us to cover the whole farm quicker with two machines rather than so much pressure on one.

 

I am also a fan of the mixed approach, meaning awkward corners and around telegraph poles always at least get something. Young Farmers: The last few weeks have also been an important week for me personally on the Young Farmers front.

 

Last weekend saw me finish my year as National Agri-Affairs chairman for the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs and hand over to Andy McGregor.

 

I am sure he, along with the new committee, will do a fantastic job and carry on all the great work done so far since Agri-Affairs was relaunched five years ago.

 

It has been amazing to be a part of this increasingly important side to Young Farmers and great to see the progress we are making.

 

I would urge any Young Farmer in Scotland to engage with Agri-Affairs as much as possible as there is so much to be gained from the visits, training courses, panel nights and of course our annual conference.

 

Who knows where agriculture is heading post-Brexit? But whatever happens, it is vital Young Farmers has a voice in the discussions and a seat at the table when future policies are being discussed.

 

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