We use the ideals and principles of ‘Holistic Management’ to let our grasses grow taller; to better the root depth and soil structure. Then we can keep the cows outside longer and don’t need as much silage. Upsides – less housing cost Downsides – grass quality can be a challenge.
The calves are with mum for 7-10 months and suckle for 4 of them; we use ‘Quiet wean’ tags to allow them to stay in the herd but weaning them without intervention.
It has been a big investment, but each change we made so far has saved money over time. For example, the Electric Vans cost 30% more to buy, but fuel & service cost savings actually cover MORE than the extra finance costs. The biomass too saved a lot on electric bills and we tied the … Read more
We want to work with more farmers to do this. It’s an option that people ARE asking for and it suits a small family farm with labour challenges well. It’s our intention to be a platform for farmers thinking of this to be able to sell their milk to us, and we can then supply … Read more
In a word, no. Mossgiel processes Milk from a Scottish Organic Collective that includes 5 other Farms. This is one of the things that we’re most proud of here at Mossgiel. Three years ago (2019) we worked with 2 other Farms. That we are able to support 5 other Organic Farms now, by purchasing the … Read more