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Delivering Consistent Quality to Award Winning Ayrshire Farm


Hugh Watson, who farms with his son Alistair and family at Laigh Tarbeg, near Cumnock, Ayrshire, has been a loyal customer of South West Seeds, now part of Agrovista, for three decades.

Local knowledge, excellent service and great products have been hallmarks of the South West Seeds business, which has proved a dependable ally to the farm over those years, says Hugh. 

“We are a grass-only farm, so our leys are the foundation of our high-input, high-output system.”

Laigh Tarbeg was awarded the coveted AgriScot Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year in 2018, reflecting the top-quality management and willingness to innovate. The 300 cow-herd, milked through a robotic parlour, averages 12,000 litres/cow/lactation.

“We ensile everything, so high yields of the best grass are vital to produce the high dry matter/high ME silage that drives milk output and quality,” says Hugh.

Agrovista’s grass seed mixture range was born from the previous South West Seeds range, which had been perfected with over 30 years of specific variety selection. 

Hugh mainly uses Castlehill long-term leys. “Early vigour is key on our medium to heavy soils – we re-sow about 20ha each season.

“High productivity and longevity are also important. We take three cuts a year and aim to keep our leys for six to seven years if possible.

“Thanks to high quality mixtures that Agrovista supplies, it’s a goal that we achieve more often than not.”




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