"Caerlaverock -
where the unique balance of agriculture, wildfowling and conservation brings people and wildlife together for the benefit of both."

Caerlaverock Estate


Farming Caerlaverock EstateCaerlaverock Estate covers 5,200 acres in total. This includes roughly 4,500 acres of arable and permanent pasture, 600 acres of merse and 100 acres of woodland. 1,650 acres are farmed in hand and managed by James Worthington. There are 3 other members of staff directly employed on the in-hand farm. In addition we have 12 separate units which are let to tenant farmers and are run mainly as stock/arable farms. There is one dairy farm on the estate.

Our in-hand farming operation includes the management of our commercial suckler herd of 300 Limousin cross cows with their progeny mainly sold as yearlings. We also run a small herd of Belted Galloways, which we are looking to increase as we develop our range of home-reared meat products which are for sale through our shop in Glencaple.

On the arable side we grow wheat for sale, winter and spring barley and forage crops (silage and hay), so that we are self-sufficient in home-grown feed.

Conservation is of great importance to us and our farm manager works closely with SNH and with our gamekeeper to ensure that wherever possible the farming operation ties in with the demands of habitat, wetland conservation and public access. Cattle are grazed on the Merse from May to September to ensure the grass doesn't get too long for the Barnacle Geese as they return to Caerlaverock for the winter. The farm staff always have to be vigilant to ensure the cattle are taken off prior to a high tide, which can cover the whole Merse.


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