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Monday 22 February 2016

Matt Waldie

Three members of the East Neuk Estates group have announced a new farming partnership with the Waldie family of North Callange Farm, Pitscottie.

Gilston, Kilconquhar and Balcarres are each contributing around 500 acres to the new venture. The Waldies, who two years ago bought additional land between Gilston and Balcarres, are contributing their 500 acres, so altogether the new company will be farming over 2,000 acres of combinable crops.

Matt Waldie, 27, who will be Managing Director of the new company (under a board with the owners of the Estates and his father as shareholder/directors) said “I am really excited by the prospect. I recognise I’ve a difficult act to follow after the record yields achieved by the Gilston team under Alastair Cronie in 2015.”

Edward Baxter, owner of Gilston who has farmed for his neighbours at Kilconquhar and Balcarres for 25 years, said “I’ve been very impressed by Matt over the last few years. I first came across him when he came to help out on our RHET Estate Day and he has been making an excellent job of the neighbouring ground his family bought.” He added “Matt represents the future and I’m looking forward to seeing the land and businesses continue to thrive under his care.”

The formal handover from Alastair Cronie (who runs Sandstone Farming Company on behalf of Edward Baxter and which acts as contractor over farms on Kilconquhar and Balcarres at the moment) to Matt and the new company will happen later this summer. The new venture will be responsible for putting in the 2017 crop and no significant change is expected before then.

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