Messrs Cooper

Mains of Thornton, Bourtie, Nr Inverurie, AB51 0JX

This organic monitor farm project has now completed its three year term.

All of the reports and project information is available here



Final report Monitor Farm Nov 2013

OMF Project Library



Topics discussed:

Suckler Cow Culling Policy

Calving Period

Best use of the roundhouse

Identifying Diffuse Pollution

EID recording sheep and cattle

Working with the abattoir

Liver fluke

Trait selection in the sheep flock

Increasing feed resilience by trying new forage crops

The cost of a BVD outbreak

The monitor farm project is about measuring change and progress, so we will be looking at the changes made by the Coopers and whether there have been improvements to the business as a result.


Monitor Farm meeting at Mains of Thornton


SOPA worked with industry partners Quality Meat Scotland to deliver a three-year project in the Scottish National Monitor Farms Programme.

Co-funded by Scottish Government and sponsored by Norvite Animal Nutrition, the organic monitor farm project commenced in January 2011 and will held its final meeting in late 2013.

The aim of the project was to use knowledge exchange to improve farm profitability and performance, using green land management techniques across a whole farm approach.

Mains of Thornton farm was selected as Scotland's organic monitor farm in October 2010 and the first visit was hosted in January 2011.

The project held a total of 15 meetings, usually at Mains of Thornton, where the regular attendants (members of the farm community group) discussed, analysed and exchanged their experience and skills to improve the performance of Mains of Thornton enterprises.


More about the farm enterprises at Mains of Thornton

Monitor Farmers Murray (left) and Leslie (right) Cooper

The farmers

The farm is run by Leslie Cooper, with son Murray Cooper managing day-to-day operations.

Further information can be found in the detailed meeting reports here