12th November 2019
McGregor Farms is a family farming business managed by Colin and Jill McGregor. Colin was given responsibility for the daily running of the business in 1989. The farmed area was 300ha. The business was first approached in 1999 to contract farm 100ha of nearby neighbouring land. This pattern has continued over the last 20 years to today by recommendations and referrals. The majority of agreements have been operation for over 15 years.
McGregor Farms operate a sustainable apporach to farming and the environment. Rotations are agronomically proven, focussed on building fertility and soil health to maximise yield and reduce risk. Optimum crop production results are achieved within a cost-effective system.
They were early adopters of precision farming initially with yield mapping in 1996. All farmed land is GPS SOYL sampled which has allowed variable applicatinos of phosphate and potash since 1997. Soil organic matter status is routinely measured every four years. Variable line spreading is completed by their own team. Nitrogen has been variably applied since 2007. Soil conductivity maps have been made which allow variable seed rates to be used with excellent results. All mainline equipment hs some form of GPS equipment installed.
To ensure quality of work and timeliness, a considerable investment has been made in the latest plant and machinery. The five main prime movers are on rubber tracks for low ground pressure (2 tractors and 3 combines). Tillage is based on surface cultivations, strip tillage and rotational ploughing.
Winter wheat, winter barly and oilseed rape are the principal crops grown together with spring barley. Spring “break crops” are vining peas, potatoes in collaboration with Greenvale AP and a small area of spring beans.
• 1671 ha Winter Wheat •
• 260 ha Winter Barley •
• 625 ha Oilseed Rape •
• 175 ha Spring Barley •
• 23 ha Spring Beans •
• 188 ha Potatoes •
• 278 ha Vining Peas •
McGregors Farms (Coldstream) Ltd
From the south
• Take M42 to A42 to Leicestershire •
• Get on M1 •
• Continue on M1. Take A1(M) to A1 in Birtley •
• Follow A1 and A697 to McGregor Farms •
From the north
• TAke A9 and continue on •
• Take M90, The City of Edinburgh Bypass/A720 and A68 to A697 in Scottish Borders •
• Continue on A697 to McGregor Farms •
Nearest train station:
• Berwick Rail Station – 16 miles •
• Edinburgh Airport – 55 miles •