ROSS ORR – WAYGATESHAWHEAD FARM
Ross Orr owns and runs Waygateshawhead Farm, which is based on the outskirts of Carluke. Ross is a 3rd generation farmer named after his father Ross who still works on the farm. Grandfather James originally started the farm back in 1910 and the Orrs were originally dairy farmers, but they moved across to suckler herds in 2002 and have continued in this way ever since.
The steading is based 460 feet above sea level and the farm spans across in total 170 acres. A further 90 acres is also rented per year.
Ross prefers Limousin, Charolais, Shorthorn and Angus as his main breeds of choice and he has roughly 200 cattle on the farm at any one time. He finishes around 250 yearlings per year, buying them locally at Lanark market and then fattening them on a natural diet of grass and silage up to 18-24 months old.
Waygateshawhead is an excellent grass-growing farm, which allows the cattle to be out in the fields from early April until mid October. Ross strives to produce a well-fleshed and medium sized animal, which ensures that his beef matches MACDUFF specifications.