Farmers Weekly Pig Farmer of the Year 2013: Ian Davidson
Mosside Farm, Inverurie, Abedeenshire
Innovative thinking and the confidence to try things differently in order to get results is what marks Ian Davidson as a winner.
Working with his committed team who are passionate about doing their best for the herd, Ian has created a business that has continued to flourish and reap a profit when the rest of the industry has not fared so well.
Taking over the farm at 18, pig numbers grew steadily as Ian recognised he could create a fully integrated system where slurry was used to fertilise the farm’s 182ha of crops, while the crops in turn could feed the animals. But faced with spiralling input costs and falling pig prices in recent years, Ian realised he needed to change the working practices on his farm at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, if he was to remain profitable.
“Ian’s flair and passion is an unmistakable driving force in developing his well-run and expanding business, supporting his exceptional staff and providing vision for the future.”
General Manager, National Pig Association
Ian’s next aim is to add value to the pigs through the farm’s Mossies Pork catering brand, which he plans to develop with son Russell, who has just become a partner in the business.