Strathisla Farms

Perthshire, Scotland

Strathisla Farms

Perthshire, Scotland

About

Adrian Ivory acts as manager of the Strathisla Farms, which consists of a pedigree Simmental and Charolais enterprise, as well as a commercial suckler herd and arable operation.

With regards to the pedigree enterprises, significant investment in both high EBV Simmental and Charolais herd sires has enhanced the genetics of both herds. Cow numbers now run a total of 250 cows including 150 commercial cows, 60 pedigree Simmentals, 45 pedigree Charolais and a small nucleus herd of Beef Shorthorns. 

All herds are part of the SAC health scheme. Adrian and his stockmen, Colin Fordyce and Alistair Borthwick, work closely with the farm’s vets monitoring Johne’s, BVD, IBR and Lepto and vaccinate for blackleg, BVD and IBR.

The Simmental herd was established in 1979 with the purchase of Plurenden Geraldo and carries the Strathisla prefix, while the Charolais herd was established in 1998 with purchases from the Moyness and Balmyle herds and carries the Cardean prefix.

Both herds have achieved great success in the show and sale ring culminating in championships at both regional and national show level and at the Perth Bull Sales.

Both herds have achieved great success in the show and sale ring culminating in championships at both regional and national show level and at the Perth Bull Sales.

The commercial herd is geared around producing quality bull beef for ABP in Perth. Females which are not retained are either sold to repeat buyers direct from farm or through United Auctions. The aim here is to produce a medium sized cow capable of weaning 50% of her bodyweight at 200 days. 

Arable ground comprises 1500 acres of wheat, spring barley and winter barley and land is also rented to neighbouring farmers for peas, potatoes and blackcurrants. 

Adrian left farming at age 24 to work within the financial sector in London. While this way of life didn’t necessarily suit, he has learnt some valuable lessons – what is important to a business, set regular key benchmarks and that the farm must be run as a business and not a hobby are three key areas that dominate the management strategy of Strathisla Farms. 

Adrian was named Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year and Overall Farmer of the Year in 2008. 

Contact:

Adrian Ivory 

Moolies, Meigle, Perthshire, PH12 8RF 

Tel: 01828 640175/ 07711 288346 

Email: adrian@strathislafarms.com

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