Alexander Brewster - Powered Pasture
I am 38 years old and farm in partnership with my parents. We currently farm and manage 4000Ha of land in Highland Perthshire all of which is LFA carrying a growing herd on 100 AA cows, and an expanding flock of 1900 BF ewes as well as 4000 Organic Free Range hens.
Currently at Rotmell Farm we are hosting a QMS grazing group looking into increasing Kg of live weight sold per Ha and this has been the catalyst and backbone for my Nuffield study. Outside the farm I am the chairman for SOPA, which I hugely enjoy.
I am married to Jane, an Architect, and have two mini Brewster’s, Katherine who is 4 and just started school and Forbes who at 9 months and has just mastered climbing the stairs!
Away from the farm I enjoy playing rugby, although sad to say now playing in the golden oldies. As a family we enjoy socialising with friends, skiing in the winter and a bit of windsurfing in the summer.
I would also like to record my thanks to everyone else involved in the farm business at home for covering my time away and allowing me to chase this dream and a special note of thanks to my family for their undiluted patience and to the MacRobert Trust for providing me with this sponsorship.
I propose to base my study on the increased profitability of the average livestock farm through the intrinsically link between pasture production, utilisation and kg of meat sold per Ha.
My study will be a holistic view of a livestock farm, from soil’s and pastoral husbandry, to grassland utilisation and residual management and also factoring in technology and genetics. We have to be able to measure to manage and EID is possible one of the most cost effective tools to enter the livestock industry, the instant feedback of LWG, the variation between sire groups and all directly linked to business profit.
My travels will start in the UK before venturing further afield to North and South America and then on to Oceania.