Holehouse Farm, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire is the recipient of the coveted Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year 2021 award. The announcement was made at a special AgriScot presentation ceremony on Wednesday 9th February.

Farmed by the Logan family, Holehouse supports 280 pedigree Holstein cows in a new, modern dairy complex. This is part of a wider 1930 hectare livestock operation. A significant percentage of the cows are red and whites. The herd averages 10,300 litres per annum.

Gilmour Lawrie, convenor of the award on behalf of AgriScot comments: “It was a pleasure to visit the Logan family at Holehouse as part of the assessment visit. Everything about the premises at Holehouse is clean and well-appointed. It is a credit to the family and their team. We saw happy, content, comfortable animals. And we were in no doubt of the high welfare standards from birth to parlour.

“Holehouse exemplifies the use of modern dairy practices. These are embraced by the entire team, alongside acute attention to detail. The assessors were particularly impressed by the use of on-site renewable energy production to lower the farm’s carbon footprint.”

Douglas Armstrong of sponsors CowAlert from IceRobotics says: “I believe the standards were very high this year. I would like to congratulate all 3 finalists. And in particular, Holehouse Farms, the 2021 Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year.”

Alistair Logan, from Holehouse Farms, commented after receiving the accolade: “We are delighted! It’s a very welcome and pleasant surprise to receive this award. We are an all-family farm; everyone works so hard and it’s lovely to have this recognition!”

Runners Up

The 2 other finalists for the award were: East Brackenridge at Strathaven, farmed by the Neilson family and Queenscairn at Kelso farmed by Robert Shanks. Each was presented with a Finalist certificate by Cabinet Secretary, Mairi Gougeon. “AgriScot is about innovation, knowledge exchange and best practice for the farming industry. So I am delighted to be able to recognise all the finalists and recipients of the AgriScot farm of the year awards,” said Ms Gougeon.

“The finalists – across all of the categories – have been selected because each of their farms and farming businesses is thought to be trail-blazing, innovative, or simply just an example of a farm being operated to its optimum potential. I commend each of the finalists. I hope that they will all be willing to share their secrets to help others – including new entrants – learn and thrive.”