Agricar Ltd and New Holland are delighted to be the main supplier of tractors and machinery to a ground-breaking joint venture with The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust to farm 700 acres on the Dumfries House Estate in East Ayrshire.
The Morrison's Farm at Dumfries House will research how farming efficiency and sustainability can be further improved. It will aim to become a leading centre of excellence for farming research, working in a new partnership with the Scottish Agricultural College to drive research into sustainable farming models and share best practice throughout the industry, with the support of the National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS).
Dumfries House is one of the most architecturally significant houses in the country and was saved for the nation in 2007 by a consortium led by the Prince of Wales. The consortium's achievement of saving Dumfries House offered the surrounding community the opportunity of regeneration and the farm will continue this work, with the investment also providing the opportunity to contribute further advancing the sustainability of farming in Scotland.
The farm will rear traditional cattle and sheep breeds, with the first livestock to arrive later this year beingShorthorn and Angus cattle. Somearable crop will be grown for animal feed. Research projects will focus on animal feeding, housing and welfare. Morrison's Chief Executive, Marc Bolland, said: "We are pleased that through this joint venture at Dumfries House, in partnership with the Scottish Agricultural College and with the support of the NFUS, Morrison's is able to take a leading role in applied farm research to help further improve farming efficiency and sustainability.
"Morrison's Farm at Dumfries House will be farming to astatement of principles that delivers efficiency and environmental sustainability and we will also be seeking to establish a similar venture in south east England to further apply farm research to benefit the long-term competitiveness of British Farming".
About Morrison's in Scotland Morrison's is theUK's fourth largest food retailer with 382 stores. Their business is mainly food and grocery (the weekly shop). Every week 10 million customers pass through Morrison's doors and 117,000 employees across the business work hard each day to deliver great service to their customers. With competitive prices and hundreds of special offers, Morrison's are proudto save their customers money every day.
Morrison's has 52 stores across Scotland and employs over 13,000 people in Scotland.