WALTER WIGHT – WHITRIGHILL FARM
2nd generation farmer, Walter Wight, is based at Whitrighill Farm, a 320 acres farm near Melrose, where the family have been since 1935. The farm is 350 feet above sea level providing excellent grassland for the cattle to graze on. Walter also has one stockman, Cammie Gray, who lives on the farm and helps with the day to day operations. A further 1000 acres is contract farmed across the local area and is operated 365 days of the year. Cammie looks after 800 cattle in total, a mixture of heifer and steers, of which roughly 300 per year are fattened for sale.
Walter’s stock comes from a mixture of cattle bought-in and Walter’s own breeding herds. Walter buys in his cattle personally from the local St Boswells market and selects a large variety of breeds including: Charolais, Limousin, Simmental, Shorthorn and Belted Galloway. All cattle are fed on grass, stock feed potatoes, barley and grass silage; the silage being home-grown over 200 acres of Walter’s farmland.
Walter has a passion for breeding and therefore has 230 suckler cattle, a pedigree herd of 30 Limousin breeding cows, seven Limousin bulls and one Belgian Blue bull to produce Belgian Blue crosses for sale.