The G&A Hamilton mixed farming partnership holds the tenancy at Ramrig Farm, near Duns in the Scottish Borders. The partnership consists of George and his wife Avril, and George’s father, William. Although the farming partnership of G&A Hamilton was only established in April 2005, George and his father have been farming at Ramrig for much longer as part of various different partnerships, with his father taking over the tenancy in 1964.
The farm runs to 510 acres, with the main crops being wheat, barley, oil seed rape and oats. We have around 150-180 cattle at any one time, producing around 50-60 animals for the beef trade annually.
In 2001, George decided to establish a small pedigree Blonde herd with three in-calf heifers. The herd has now grown to three stock bulls and 16 cows/heifers. A few years later, George took the decision to introduce a number of suckler cows and to start breeding our own beef cattle, with a view to taking them all the way through. Since then, we have gradually increased the numbers of cows to the present number and all animals sold to the beef trade are homebred.
In 2019, we took a new path, buying two Limousin bulls and two Limousin heifers to bring new breeding opportunities into the herd.