Robert Neill  -  EID in cattle

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society

I farm a tenanted farm in the Scottish Borders in partnership with my wife Jac. We have two sons Andrew (13) and Harry (10). I was born and brought up on the family dairy farm in North Northumberland. This was a traditional dairy farm with arable and sheep enterprises. The family farm is now run by my two younger brothers.

At the time I left school my father had secured a tenancy on an upland farm in the Scottish Borders and I helped to run this farm until 2000 when we took on the tenancy at our current farm, Upper Nisbet. The farm has 650 acres of arable land and 430 acres of grass with an additional 200 acres of seasonal grass being rented. I have a herd of 300 cows and calves, and all progeny are finished on home grown produce.

My chosen study topic is EID in cattle. My reasons for choosing this topic is because we need to embrace technology to make the beef industry in the United Kingdom more profitable. I feel it is important to have a system in place which works for farmers before it becomes mandatory and change is forced upon cattle farmers.

I intend to travel to Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as perhaps Brazil or Argentina, in addition to carrying out some further research back at home in Scotland.

Travel to Canada

A long journey to the start of Nuffield study in Canada

Posted by Robert Neill on July 9, 2013

Appears in Livestock

Started my Nuffield journey today left upper Nisbet at 6.30 to drive to Edinburgh airport. Had breakfast with Jac and the boys - it was hard saying goodbye! The flight was 40 min late in taking off so arrived late into Toronto and missed connecting flight to Calgary. Caught next flight at 3 pm but this flight had a technical fault when we were ready to take off so we had to go back to the terminal building for a engineer to sort the fault. Then when we were ready to take off there was a thunder storm, so it has taken 22 hours to get to my hotel!