A new Monitor Farm based in Fife has opened its doors to fellow farmers as part of a HGCA project aiming to boost businesses and share best practices among growers.

It joins three other Monitor Farms spread throughout Scotland, from the Borders to Aberdeenshire and all the way up to Balblair on the Black Isle.

Fourth-generation farmer Danny Milne runs a mixed livestock enterprise at Auchtermuchty, Fife, just north of Edinburgh, with his wife Alison and his parents.

The first open day saw 60 attendees from the Fife farming community as well as people from further afield given a tour and an insight into the business.

“The feedback was very constructive – no one held back, despite the presence of Alison and myself, and it gave us a flavour of what is to come during the next three years,” says Mr Milne.

The launch comes ahead of two farms being announced in each of the four regions of the rest of the UK this spring, following two successful pilot farms in the north of England.

The HGCA were inundated with applications in November and are sifting through entries, according to HGCA communications executive Leo Townsend.

“It’s about getting a good geographical spread of enterprises that complement each other and enable the best knowledge exchange.”

The eventual aim of the programme is to create a network of 24 in England and Wales, making 28 overall across Britain.

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