Welfare and Safety

Welfare and Safety

Cattle with farm buildings in background

A high priority issue

When we purchased Holystone Estate in 2010, it was in a state of disrepair. Due to a volatile marketplace, there had been a lack of investment and many of the buildings had suffered as a consequence. With the proceeds from the sale of our UK and New Zealand business assets, we were able to provide the injection of funds to make the necessary improvements. 

Our number one priority was animal welfare and safety of the employees. We had two new football pitch-sized cattle sheds designed and constructed, one for calving and the other to house the youngstock. With design input from Edinburgh University, the sheds are a safe and healthy home for the animals as well as a well-lit, well-ventilated and safe environment for staff.

We have also completely renovated the sheep facility, replaced miles of fencing and restored the lodge and holiday cottages. We have invested in a woodland preservation project, landscaping, new farming machinery and greatly improved stock purchases.

Every animal on the site is of equal importance to us, whether they be sheep, cattle, dogs or wildlife, and we constantly strive to improve conditions for all of them. Many projects remain ongoing.