170 metres to 1850 metres.
A Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cold dry winters.
300 mm rainfall at the bottom and 1200 mm on the tops.
Earnscleugh Station Business Vision
- To breed top producing stock which meet specialist niche markets while farming in an environmentally sustainable manner and to provide a satisfactory return on capital.
Earnscleugh Station Stock Objectives
- To produce stock which are recognised to be in the top 10% of their class.
- To have sustainable stock health practices which allow for minimum animal health inputs via stock being bred and managed for natural immunity to key animal health constraints.
- To develop/explore opportunities for new niche markets.
Earnscleugh Station Other Objectives
- To at all times consider rabbit control to be the top priority in all management decisions.
- To have low wintering costs and avoid costly machinery inputs.
- To further develop areas which provide a satisfactory return on investment and which do not compromise the objectives of minimum wintering costs and managing the land in a sustainable manner.
- To look for alternative land uses that are compatible with existing land uses, management systems, and climatic limitations.
Stud Ewes 1700
Superfine Ewes 7950
Ultrafine Ewes 4850
Stud Cows 525
2 year heifers 140
1 year heifers 155
1 year bulls 170
SUSTAINABLE LAND MANAGEMENT POLICIES.
- Sunny and dark aspects fenced to stop sunny faces being over grazed.
- Dry arid country either not grazed or lightly grazed during spring growth period to allow grasses to seed and to build up soil organic matter.
- High altitude country monitored and enclosures erected to measure the effects of grazing and adjust stock numbers if necessary.
- Photo points established on low and mid altitude country to observe changes in cover over time.
- Block records retained on computer with stocking rates and movements, animal remedies, fertiliser, weed and pest control and rainfall recorded.