Culfoich Farm is the name we use to describe the 3 different farms tenanted by J & M McConachie and Son. They comprise of Knock of Achnahannet, Ballinlagg and Culfoichmore Farm. These farms are joined by an expanse of moorland on Tulchan Sporting Estate.
Jim and Moira McConachie began farming at Knock of Achnahannet farm in 1963, primarily with Aberdeen Angus cross cows put to a Hereford Bull and a small flock of Scottish Blackface sheep.
The additional tenancy of Culfoich in 1969 allowed the farm to develop, followed by a move over the hill to the farm’s main location as it is today.
Success followed with prizes at Royal Smithfield in the Cross Cattle section through the 70s and 80s. The pedigree cattle side of the farm was also successful with the Culfoichmore Aberdeen Angus herd taking prizes at local shows in the late 70s. Our success in the show-ring was due in no small part to the help of some legedary stockmen; Dodo Bruce, Jimmy Martin and Rich Thomson who still casts his eye over the cattle.
Culfoich Farm evolved over time and was soon home to a large herd of continental cross cattle and mule sheep. As well as the commercial operation, a Pedigree Charolais herd was to go on take numerous championships including the Thainstone Spring Show in 2000.
In 1990, a Highland cow and calf were purchased from Cardhu Distillery and the Culfoich Fold of Highland Cattle was born. The Highlanders brought great success to Culfoich with local and national show championships as well as a ‘Large Fold of the Year’ Award.
In recent years, Culfoich Farm has strived towards being a model of sustainable farming both environmentally and economically. Today, Culfoich is home to around 45 breeding cows, mainly Aberdeen Angus producing pedigree calves running along side our renowned Highland Fold. As well as the cattle we still have over 500 Blackface cross Swaledale hill ewes producing lambs. All forage including high clover silage and wholecrop is produced on the farm with only feed barley and basic concentrates and minerals being bought in.
Culfoich’s native bred cattle and sheep are now fully organic and were managed expertly by Jim McConachie until he sadly passed away in early 2017. Today the farm is managed by Gordon McConachie and son Bruce. Culfoich Farm is always happy to accept visitors. Pop to the 'Contact us' page to get in touch.