Farm Management

Our farm management consultant plays a crucial role in providing expert guidance and strategic advice to farmers and landowners. They work closely with clients to optimise farm management practices, enhance productivity, and navigate complex regulatory frameworks. From advising on crop rotations and livestock management to assisting with subsidy applications and environmental stewardship initiatives, a farming consultant serves as a trusted partner in helping clients achieve their agricultural goals.

A farm management consultant acts as a catalyst for positive change, helping clients unlock the full potential of their farming operations while ensuring sustainable and profitable practices and looking forward to the future with business five and 10 year plans in conjunction with colleagues in other disciplines.

Meet the Team

With over three decades of experience in strategic farm management consultancy across Scotland, Douglas Ogilvie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our agricultural clients.

Since 1987, Douglas has been dedicated to providing invaluable guidance to private clients and public bodies in various regions of Scotland, ranging from the fertile lands of the Borders and Lanarkshire to the rugged terrain of Sutherland and the picturesque Highlands and Islands. His extensive experience and deep-rooted understanding of the agricultural landscape make him a trusted advisor in the industry.

One of Douglas’s notable accomplishments is his proficiency in setting up, documenting, and managing over 40 arable and livestock Contract Farming Agreements. His hands-on approach to managing farms, coupled with his adeptness in advising on complex agricultural schemes such as BPS (Basic Payment Scheme), LFASS (Less Favoured Area Support Scheme), and AECS (Agri-Environment Climate Scheme), has earned him a stellar reputation among clients and peers alike.

In October 2023, Douglas made the strategic decision to join Bell Ingram, further solidifying our commitment to providing top-tier agricultural consultancy services to our clients. With his extensive experience and unwavering dedication to client success, Douglas is well-equipped to make a significant impact in his role as a Farming Consultant at Bell Ingram. .

Frequently Asked Questions: Farm Management Consultant

What is a Farm Management Consultant?

A Farm Management Consultant is a specialised advisor who offers expert guidance and strategic support to farmers and landowners. They provide tailored solutions to enhance farm productivity, profitability, and sustainability while navigating the unique challenges and opportunities presented by Scotland’s agricultural landscape.

What services does a Scottish Farm Management Consultant offer?

Farm Management Consultants offer a comprehensive range of services designed to address the specific needs of Scottish farmers and landowners. These services may include:

  • Strategic farm planning and development

  • Crop rotation and agronomy advice tailored to Scotland’s climate and soil conditions

  • Livestock management guidance, including breed selection and nutrition

  • Financial analysis, budgeting, and business planning

  • Risk management strategies to mitigate environmental and market uncertainties

  • Compliance assistance with Scottish agricultural regulations and subsidy programs

  • Environmental stewardship and conservation planning to promote sustainable land management practices

  • Succession planning and estate management advice to ensure the long-term viability of farming operations.

Why should I hire a Farm Management Consultant?

Hiring a Farm Management Consultant can offer numerous benefits to farmers and landowners. These professionals possess in-depth knowledge of Scotland’s agricultural sector, including its unique climate, geography, and regulatory environment. By leveraging their expertise and experience, Farm Management Consultants can help clients optimise their farming practices, maximise profitability, and achieve their business goals effectively.

How does a Farm Management Consultant work with clients?

A Consultant works closely with clients to understand their specific needs, challenges, and objectives. They begin by conducting a thorough assessment of the client’s farm operation, identifying areas for improvement and opportunities for growth. Based on this assessment, they develop customised strategies and action plans tailored to the client’s goals and circumstances. Consultants provide ongoing support and guidance, monitoring progress and adjusting strategies as needed to ensure the client’s success.

What qualifications and experience should I look for in a Farm Management Consultant?

When selecting a Farm Management Consultant, it’s most important to consider their experience, and track record of success. Look for consultants with relevant and extensive experience working with clients in Scotland’s agricultural sector. Consider factors such as the consultant’s reputation, client testimonials, and the compatibility of their expertise with your farm’s specific needs and objectives.

How do I find a Scottish Farm Management Consultant?

There are several ways to find a Scottish Farm Management Consultant, including referrals from other farmers or agricultural professionals, industry associations and networks, online directories, and consulting firms specialising in agricultural services. Take the time to research potential consultants carefully, considering factors such as their expertise, reputation, and compatibility with your farm’s requirements.

Can a Farm Management Consultant help with subsidy applications and compliance?

Yes, Scottish Farm Management Consultants can provide valuable assistance with subsidy applications and compliance with Scottish agricultural regulations. They are familiar with the requirements of subsidy programs such as the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS), and Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS), and can help clients navigate the application process effectively to maximize their eligibility for financial support.

How much does it cost to hire a Farm Management Consultant?

The cost of hiring a Farm Management Consultant can vary depending on factors such as the scope of services required, the consultant’s experience, and the complexity of the farm operation. Consultants may charge hourly rates, project-based fees, or fixed fees, so it’s essential to discuss pricing and payment terms upfront to ensure clarity and transparency.

Can a Farm Management Consultant help with succession planning?

Yes, many Farm Management Consultants offer expertise in succession planning and farm transition management. They can assist in developing comprehensive plans for transferring ownership and management responsibilities to the next generation, ensuring a smooth and successful transition while preserving the farm’s legacy and long-term viability.

If you have any further questions or would like to speak with Douglas, please don’t hesitate to contact him on 01738 621 121. Our team is here to assist you in optimising your farm operation and achieving your agricultural goals, in both short and long term. Douglas is backed up by a team of colleagues who are experts in all aspects of Scottish rural land management.