Over Finlarg Farm, Tealing, By Dundee, Angus owned by Robert & Hazel McNee
Over Finlarg farm extends to 740 acres, the McNees also graze a neighbouring heather hill and rent 40 acres of seasonal grazing on a nearby farm.
Both the sheep flock and suckler herd are now completely closed, with only home-bred replacements used for breeding and tups and bulls bought at auction.
The McNees lamb 1100 head each year, comprising 600 hill-type North Country Cheviot ewes of which 200 are bred pure and the remaining crossed to the Bluefaced Leicester for producing Cheviot Mules.
Some 200 Blackface ewes are crossed with home-bred crossing-type Bluefaced Leicesters to produce Scotch Mules, with the result then tupped to the Texel and sold as hoggs with lambs at foot.
Cheviot Mules are also sold through the sale ring as gimmers the following year.
Robert and Hazel also run 100 pure Texels and pedigree Bluefaced Leicesters for breeding tups for home use and shearlings for the commercial market.
Male lambs are finished on farm and sold deadweight, while ewe lambs are mainly sold on for breeding where they regularly command premium prices in the sale ring.
The farm also supports a well-known beef enterprise of 180 pedigree cows including 100 Luings, 60 Limousins, 12 Simmentals and eight Charolais.
Progeny that isn’t suitable for breeding is finished on the farm and sold direct to ABP.
The team at Over Finlarg have become well-known at both Stirling Bull Sales and the annual Luing Cattle Society’s Premier sale at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas.
In February, 2019, at Castle Douglas, the McNees sold Finlarg Warrior for 18,000gns, while that same month, Limousins from their Westhall herd reached a top of 11,500gns and 11,000gns at Stirling.
On the cropping side, 100 acres of cereals and turnips is grown for home use which has allowed the McNees to be self-sufficient.