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04/06/14 10:00

Starter for ten

Applications invited for first Scottish Government starter farm

New farmers are being urged to apply for the tenancy of the Scottish Government’s first starter farm.

The 120 hectare unit, at Balrobert Farm near Inverness, was created from land deemed surplus to requirements following the construction of the Scottish Government’s state of the art Bull Stud at Knocknagael. The site includes sound grazing and cropping land with various steading buildings.

New entrants are being invited to apply for the initial ten year lease, under a Limited Duration Tenancy agreement, which will be advertised this weekend.

Whilst this is the Scottish Government’s first starter farm, it is the tenth in Scotland. There are currently seven Forestry Commission Scotland starter farms in operation with a further two units planned.

Speaking at Scotsheep, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“It’s crucial that we do all we can to introduce new farmers to an industry which is vital to Scotland’s economy. We must ensure that we can attract fresh talent and ideas to continue the great work which already goes on in the sector.

“This is the first Scottish Government starter farm and the tenth across Scotland. It is a great opportunity for a new farmer to gain valuable experience managing their own farm business before moving onto bigger and better things at the end of their lease period.”

Notes to editors

Applicants are being given the chance to lease Balrobert Farm from the Scottish Government for an initial ten year period under a Limited Duration Tenancy (LDT) agreement. Balrobert Farm is situated approximately 4 miles south of Inverness and was formerly one of the farms that made up the Scottish Government’s Crofters Bull Stud. The starter farm area extends to approximately 119.75 hectares (259.91 acres) of land with various steading buildings, and is available to let from September 1, 2014.

Interested parties can obtain copies of the Application Form from or by contacting Bell Ingram’s Perth office.

The creation of the starter farm at Balrobert was announced by the Rural Affairs Secretary at last year’s Royal Highland Show: