Blog

Now and again we like to tell you about a subject in a bit more detail, to talk about what's happening on the farm at a particular time or to discuss a topical issue.  Think of this blog as our thinking out loud / news / issues area of our website!  We don't post here often, but when we do we promise it will be interesting.

Posted: 28th Jan 2016

David needed to buy a young bull and I decided to go along for the ride.  The only cattle we don’t breed ourselves is the bull.

In the dairy sector, and here at Rainton, breeding dairy replacements is mainly done through artificial insemination where you choose the semen of a bull whose offspring have the characteristics you want for your farming...

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Posted: 29th May 2015

There is always a moral maze in trying to run an ethical business. 

 We know that we are already operating the farm to a very high level of welfare.  Add to that the fact that 2014 has been one of our most profitable years over the past 30 years, which has helped us reduce some of the loans we got from friends and family to build the...

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Posted: 14th Dec 2014

All I want for Christmas is a working Anaerobic Digestor....

We have long felt that it is important to try to minimise our carbon footprint and also to generate our own renewable energy.

In 2007 the community owned wind turbine was commissioned, and before that we installed solar hot water panels on most of the houses on the farm.

I...

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Posted: 10th Jun 2013

If you have visited Cream o' Galloway recently, you will have seen that all the construction work that has been going on for the past 3 years is now complete.  The building project in itself has been an epic achievement for us, as David and the farm staff did so much of it themselves.

So what's it all been about?

We are now the proud...

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Posted: 10th May 2013

Our motivation to act is driven by the profound belief that only through a fundamental change in the way we farm are we going to make any meaningful impact on the growing issues facing us:

  • Environmental degradation – climate change, biodiversity loss, diffuse pollution
  • ...
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