Organic Success for Silage at AgriScot 2018


There was success in the 2018 AgriScot silage competition for the Organic sector as two organic farms scored highly in the dairy clamp category.

SOPA members Robert and Andrena Shanks, from Queenscairn, Stichill, Kelso came second in the hotly contested category, whilst organic farmer Ross Paton, of Torr Organics Dairy near Castle Douglas, took third place.

The dairy clamp silage section received the largest number of entries this year, with a total of 38 analysis reports submitted to competition convenor, Andrew Best of sponsor, Watson Seeds.

First place in this section was awarded to J Kerr & Sons of Kirkland’s farm, Carnwath. Cut on the 18th of May, the earliest cut of all finalists, this sample analysed at 37.5 dry matter (DM), 12.9 metabolisable energy (ME) and 14.9 crude protein (CP).

The Shanks’ ranked second with a 40DM, 12.6ME, 15.5CP silage.


The first prize winners in each class received 10 acres worth of Watsons grass seed. Second and third received 5 acres and 2 acres respectively.

Joanna Sinclair, SOPA Membership Support Officer, had the following to say about the results:

“It’s always great to see organic representation at AgriScot, and the fact that we had two organic farms getting second and third prize in a such a competitive category was a brilliant result.”




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