There are also 24 Welsh Black suckler cows crossed with a Limousin bull, with all calves finished on rented grazing
at Ffostrasol, Ceredigion, which is shared with Elwyn.
We're continually attempting to cut out inefficiencies from the system and exploit our herds' increasing genetic potential in order to at least maintain, if not improve margins," says David, who together with Gavin runs Hotts Farm, the family's 400 acre owner-occupied unit, plus a further 30 acres of rented grazing
based at Waterbeck, near Lockerbie.
In 2005, the farmer takes rented grazing
for land, with the land at his disposal from February 1 to December 1.
Braich y Saint is now a 380-acre SDA unit, with a further 120 acres of rented grazing
, carrying a split calving herd of 158 suckler cows and 900 hill ewes with lambs taken through to finishing off grass.