Pirntaton lies in the Moorfoot Hills, halfway
between Edinburgh and the Borders town of Galashiels, in the
renowned livestock producing “Galawater Valley”.
The total area of the farm is 590 Ha with about a quarter
of the land being classified as Rough Grazing and rises to
almost 1700 feet above sea level. Around 90 % of the farm
lies at over 1000 feet. Pirntaton has been in the family since
1960 when my Grandparents bought the farm and made the move
from Galston in Ayrshire.
We run around 170 suckler cows, of which
95 are pure Aberdeen-Angus. Our aim is to build up the number
of pure cows to around 100 top quality females. Our pedigree
herd is very young, having been established in 1999, however
we feel that we have built up a very pleasing and productive
group, containing some very sound genetics. Our pure bred
cattle are managed alongside our herd of commercial Angus
cross cows and are selected, managed and culled with exactly
the same goals in mind. We calve outside during May and June,
with our heifers calving at two years old.
Running alongside our cattle enterprise are
1800 breeding sheep, including renowned flocks of pure bred
Texels, Suffolks and Scottish Blackfaces.
As I have said we are a family run farm,
with the business now run by Jim Logan and his mother, Elizabeth.
Jim is married to Jane, whose family (Sinclair) at one time
managed the famous “Dalmeny Herd” of Lord Roseberry
at South Queensferry and also the renowned Ballindalloch herd
in Speyside. The Sinclair family still farm on the Dalmeny
Estate. Jim and Jane have two children, Jamie and Beth. Both
the children are very keen on the farm and already have their
own “imaginary” bulls.
The business employs four full-time men,
Stockmen, Dave Kinloch and Stuart Mann, and shepherds,
Jim Yuil and Derek Redpath, who also looks after another 1300 breeding sheep
on a neighbouring estate, managed by the business.