The Neill family took on the tenancy of Upper Nisbet in May 2000. They run 300 Limousin-cross cows on 438ha. They farm 242ha of cereals, and all progeny from the suckler herd are finished on home-grown fodder and sold live throughout the year mostly to local butchers.
Robert Neill was challenged to defend farming's honour in a battle against Top Gear's Matt Le Blanc and Chris Harris with their modified Track-Tor.
Two challenges were created for the New Holland T7 to battle it out agains the Track-Tor - hedge cutting and ploughing. The Track-Tor had the speed but lacked the precision of the New Holland.
Robert also hitched a lift with the Stig during filming for the challenge, but wasn't prepared to hand over his Farmer of the Year title to Matt Le Blanc.
At Upper Nisbet we have been using electronic identification in our Suckler Beef herd now for a number of years.
As well as simplifying the regular weighing of our prime stock we have also devleloped a system of printing bar code labels for each animal entering the cattle crush. This system can be used when blood sampling to avoid human error and also to increase throughput of animals. Watch the videos to see how it all works.
A much admired Black Limousin Bull, purchased at Carlisle in February 2015 for 9,000 gns. Igolog has Black genetics back three generations. He is a very correct bull with tremendous locomotion. An ideal bull for breeding replacement heifers.
Semen is now available for Swarland Igolo.
Robert Neill & Partners are now stockists of Ritchey equipment.
At Upper Nisbet we have been using Tru-Test weighing equipment for a number of years and we are now able to offer advice and supply the equipment to meet your needs.
To find out more phone Robert on 07967 756651
Publication of a new report by Robert Neill 2013 NSch UK on 'Electronic Identifcation (EID) in the cattle industry'.
Robert's long awaited report is now available to download from the Nuffield Scholarship page.
Robert would like to thank all of the people who have helped make his Nuffield Study journey possible. A huge thank you to his main sponsor, The Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland and to the other companies and individuals who offerered financial support as well as moral support and guidance.
The 2013 Future Farming Award was jointly awarded to Robert Neill, Upper Nisbet Farm and John Scott of Fearn Farm, Tain.
Robert receiving his Award Plaque from Sir Andrew Cubie at The Quality Scotland Award Day ceremony.
Find out more by visiting the Future Farming Award website.