Smallholding Scotland 2017 Presentations

Thank you to all who came to Smallholding Scotland 2017 and helped to make it such a fantastic day. We thought it was the best yet, with great speakers, engaged delegates asking lots of interesting questions, sharing experiences and meeting friends new and old, and a fantastic venue.

Here are the presentations from the day in PDF format, and the speakers’ contact details – for those of you who were unable to join us on the day we hope they prove useful.

See you at the Scottish Smallholder Festival in September!


 9:30 – Effective smallholding poultry – Dr. Oluyinka Olukosi, SRUC

The aim of this talk is to apply some of the solutions to the big challenges to smallholding poultry flocks. The talk will focus on (among other things) minimising stress and stressors in poultry flock, using your diets as sources of nutrients and prebiotics, approaches to maximising production efficiency (focusing on product quantity and quality), as well as reducing nutrient waste.

Download Effective smallholding poultry – PDF 2.3MB / Oluyinka.Olukosi@sruc.ac.uk


10:45 – Small scale horticulture – Sam Parry, Tomnah’a Market Garden

Sam will share his experience since starting Tomnah’a in 2015, with plenty of opportunity for questions.

Download Small scale horticulture – PDF 6.8MB / info@tomnaha.com


11:35 – From field to smallholding – Kirsty Maguire, Kirsty Maguire Architect

Kirsty will explain how good design and construction, resulting in exemplar eco-friendly homes, can be used to support planning applications to allow building on rural sites.

Download From field to smallholding – PDF 27.4MB / kirsty@kirstymaguire.com


13:30 – Animal Health Planning: not just for the big boys – Caroline Robinson, SRUC

Caroline will talk about animal health planning for smallholders – where to start, the advantages and pitfalls, and what facilities or habits might be useful when constructing a solid year-round plan to protect the holding. Involvement of an individual’s own vet is always necessary, but there are some things that smallholders can do or be aware of which can speed up the process and lead to greater benefits for all (both financial and wellbeing).

Download Animal Health Planning – PDF 3MB / Caroline.Robinson@sac.co.uk


14:20 – Pigs in conservation: more than a one trick pony – Jack Flusk and Katie Swift, Conservation Pigs

In 2012, Jack Flusk and Katie Swift established Conservation Pigs with two aims – firstly to support and enhance the conservation and management of landscapes for the benefit of flora and fauna, through the use of pigs and secondly, to actively support the conservation of British rare breed pigs through the use of pedigree registered pigs for all management activities.

Download Pigs in conservation – PDF 951KB / jack@conservationpigs.co.uk


15:30 – “A Cunning Plan” – Kara Craig, SAC Consulting Solutions

Kara Craig will be focussing on why it’s a good idea to plan; what records you might want to keep to help with planning; the planning cycle and where you can get data from for a new enterprise. She’ll also show you a quick tool for thinking through the impact of changes to your smallholding.

Download Business Planning – PDF 2.7MB / kara.craig@sac.co.uk


If we can provide any more information or help in any way with anything from the Conference, or if you wish to send feedback about the event please contact us.