Welcome to Poldean. We are a beef and sheep farm set in the Moffat Hills of Scotland - home to our herd of Salers cattle and Lleyn sheep. The business is run by Alisdair Davidson and his parents Willie and Jennifer and is spread over two units - Poldean and Cogries - with Willie and Jennifer staying at Poldean and Alisdair staying at Cogries with his wife Emma and daughter Lucy.
The Davidson family first moved to Poldean in 1969 and the farm is set on the Crown Estate. It is an upland farm of 2000 acres with roughly half being heather hill. 180 acres is ploughable ground which we use to make silage and the remainder is rough grazing. Cogries lies across the river from Poldean and is another Crown Estate farm and was taken on in 2008 when Alisdair and Emma got married. It is 250 acres which is mostly high quality silageable land. One of the reasons for taking on another farm was to gain this type of land to feed the increasing cattle numbers. Our land runs from 290ft above sea level at Cogries up to 1760ft above sea level at Poldean's highest point.
At Poldean we strive in both our cattle and sheep enterprises to breed high quality and high health females for producing a valued end product on a low input system. We currently run 300 Salers suckler cows, 500 Lleyn ewes and 150 ewe hoggs with both breeds being kept for their maternal attributes.
We truly are a family business as we don't employ any staff and feel we are able to achieve this through utilising modern technologies to make life easier.
As a wise man once said (Willie Davidson!) -
"I don't mind working hard but we don't make work hard"
For anyone that would like to learn a bit more about us then pease find below some articles written about us in the past few years.
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