Category: Farm

Harvest at Rothiemurchus Farm

The Farm Year – Where Timing is Everything

The Farm Year – Where Timing is Everything Prolonged snow and ice in early 2023 made for a tough daily routine on the farm, with a sledge hammer required to break ice on water troughs each morning for many weeks. It also meant a challenging spring calving, with more calves than usual requiring help. But… Read more »

A new feeder at Rothiemurchus Farm

Our new TMR feeder at the Farm By Grant Mackenzie, Farmer, Rothiemurchus Farm Here at Rothiemurchus Farm we are always looking at ways to improve our practices and continue to work alongside our delicate environment. Recently we introduced a TMR (total mixed ration) feeding system to our cattle which means I now have complete control of… Read more »

Harvest on Rothiemurchus

Rothiemurchus Farm Through the Seasons

Rothiemurchus Farm Through the Seasons   In farming, weather is crucial and often dictates day-to-day decisions. Winter 20/21 saw truly exceptional weather and snowfall week after week, with temperatures hitting an incredible low of -18 at farm level. Snow fell into early May which meant that spring barley was later sown. Thankfully the farm team… Read more »

Rothiemurchus Farm

It’s a Farm Life!

Our Farmer, Grant Mackenzie, provides us with an overview of a year on the farm at Rothiemurchus: I do not know one farmer that will tell you that ‘this was a long year’! There is never enough hours in the day for me and this year has been no exception! Rothiemurchus is a beautifully dynamic… Read more »

Healthy, delicious and home-produced: Rothiemurchus venison

Healthy, delicious and home-produced: Rothiemurchus venison Health benefits of venison At Rothiemurchus we have long known about how great venison is, however it is just recently that the rest of the nation have caught on with sales of the meat soaring over the past few years.  So why the sudden increase in popularity? Well, it’s… Read more »

Highland Cows on a Highland Estate

Want to know more about Highland Cows? Well, you’ve come to the right place! The Highland Cow, or ‘heilan coo’ as it is affectionately known is one of Scotland most iconic animals.  With its flowing red coat and long pointed horns, Highland Cattle have long been a part of everyday life at Rothiemurchus.  Highland cattle… Read more »

Highland Beef – from Estate to plate.

Most of you are possibly unaware, but at the minute there’s a storm raging in the farming press over the quality of beef. John Elliott is a farmer from the Borders who has built a reputation over the decades as Scotland’s top beef breeder and has been at the forefront of many new ideas and… Read more »

Eat. Sleep. Farm. Repeat.

Eat. Sleep. Farm. Repeat. Hi, and welcome to the Rothiemurchus Farm blog. First of all, I’d better introduce myself. My name is Alan Rankin and I’m the Cattle Manager. I’ve only been here 6 months, following in the footsteps (or should that be wheel tracks?) of Sandy McKenzie, who retired after nearly 40 years at… Read more »