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Mr A Brewster

Rotmell Farm, Dunkeld

Mr A Brewster Director SOPA

The Brewster family having been farming in the historic Tay Valley, Perthshire for over 40 years. Located just outside Dunkeld, Rotmell Farm is an upland beef and sheep farm spanning over 1000ha of good grazing and hill ground. Alex’s farm is home to 180 Aberdeen Angus breeding cows and a flock of 700 breeding ewes, made up of a composite Innovis breed designed for Rotmell’s rugged landscape.

Along with the livestock the farm also has over 4,000 organic laying hens, providing a doorstep delivery service, supplying many households, shops, bakeries, pubs, restaurants, and accommodation providers within the Tay Valley area.

In 2015 Alex applied for a study place from the Nuffield Farming Scholarship trust. His application was to study how the management of genetics and the new science around genomics could help increase profitability in red meat production.

He then embraced two years of global travel, study and self-development. Little did he know that this experience would change his thought process and farming future. He soon modified his Nuffield topic from genetics to 'Soil Health and the Future of Red Meat in the 21st Century.

'​Leading up to his Nuffield, Rotmell Farm also became a grazing group focus farm for Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). From this Alex gained further knowledge and understanding of mob grazing, animal impact and soil management.

Soil farming is now at the core of the farm’s ethos, producing sustainable and nutritious meat and eggs whilst improving soil health and sequestering carbon. The farming team recently won Soil farmer of the year 2020 in recognition of their dedication to improving soil health.

For Alex and his team, it is all about working from the microbes up. They are soil farmers first, working in harmony with the landscape they nurture and the livestock they rear. Rotmell’s livestock play a key role in utilising the hill pastures, helping to create that symbiotic linkage with the flora and fauna. Their system uses 24-hour stock shifts, encouraging pastoral rest, optimising grazing, and trampling surplus pasture back into the soil.  Subsequently recycling nutrients, and sequestering carbon. The rest periods allow them to rebuild plant function and soil microbial health through natural land regeneration, leaving behind an enriched landscape. 

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