GLOBAL WARMING ISN’T A PREDICTION. IT IS HAPPENING
No-one involved in land can deny that the climate is
changing. We can argue whether it is a
natural phenomenon or man made, but the evidence of change is for all to see.
Gone are the days when we relied on frosts to ripen the Golden Promise, gone
are the days when fishing in March was a lottery with frozen ferrules, gone are the days when floods were a rarity.
Carbon emissions in farming are inevitable. There is at present no
substitute for diesel, and the act of turning the soil releases carbon. We can
though reduce those carbon emissions.
Bigger machinery uses less diesel per acre, and minimum
tillage reduces disturbance (see our agricultural section). Community pellet
boilers and individual wood burning stoves reduce our reliance on kerosene for
domestic heating and hot water (see our renewables section). Yet as a business
we emit much more carbon dioxide than we can capture through trees and by
WORKING WITH NATURE.
IN FIGHTING NATURE, MAN CAN WIN EVERY BATTLE EXCEPT THE LAST.
ALWAYS WORK WITH NATURE; WORK AGAINST NATURE AND IT WILL BITE YOU ON THE A**E.
Put too many store cattle in a court, and you get pneumonia,
put too many pheasants in a pen and you get Hexameta, put too many farmed
salmon in a sea cage, and you get sea lice infestation. We have got away with
this abuse of nature by treating the symptoms. Not for much longer. Penicillin is
becoming less effective as immunity builds up, and the cocktail of drugs used in aquaculture
(deltamethrin, enamectin , hydrogen peroxide et al) are unable to cope in many
We need to use nature and not abuse it. We need to
compensate for large fields and the resultant monoculture by installing beetle
banks, and by extending headlands especially by hedges. We need to build ponds
at the foot of burns to act as silt traps. We need to create buffer strips by
water margins to stop run-off. We need
to be more accurate with our fertiliser and spraying.
Above all we must work with nature.
Scottish Field - From the ground up 9 Feb 2017
High-quality land management drives every decision at Stracathro Estates,
and it's having a hugely beneficial effect on the local environment.