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Armadale Farm is a family-run 5,500 acre hill farm on the north coast of Sutherland, Scotland. It has been passed down through the family over the years since my grand-parents first took the farm on in the early 1960’s. I started helping out on the farm - in the 1970s - and then took on the full running of the farm when I was twenty after returning from college. I run the farm on my own as my husband, Ian, has a full time job but he helps whenever he can and is a great support - as is the wider team.

We run a flock of around 830 pure-bred North Country Cheviot Hill Ewes at Armadale in addition to around 50 tups (rams) 255 ewe hogg replacements, 25 suckler cows and some very happy free-range outdoor hens; whose eggs we sell locally. North Country Cheviots are one of the hardiest breeds of sheep in Britain and they have to be in order to withstand the tough and exposed hill-ground on which we farm. For most of the year our sheep are out on the hills, grazing on the heather, being gathered in every few months for health checks or for lambing in the spring. During lambing they are kept on the in-bye grassy pastures so that it is easier to keep an eye on them.

At Armadale we feel strongly that on both a farm level, and as an industry, we need to get better at re-connecting with our communities and the general public to help them appreciate the high quality of Scotch Lamb and Scotch Beef that we produce in Scotland.  

In 2015 we were awarded Agriscot Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year by Thorntons Law. This was a massive achievement for us and could not of been achieved without our team, social media and the general public. After setting up Facebook three years ago we started posting photographs and videos of our daily life on the farm. As farmers we sometimes forget that for someone who has not been brought up on a farm it is not always easy to imagine what farmers do over the course of a year in order to produce the Scotch Lamb and Scotch Beef that they eat. We hope that our website and social media sites paint a clearer picture of our farming lives and help raise people’s interest in their local farms and the industry as a whole.

 We also hope to make people more aware of the power of their choices when they shop and how this can affect us the producer.




Meet the team

Farming is a very rewarding way of life but it is also tough and demanding, and I am very lucky to have a strong and committed team around me who give 110% - including my team of dogs. Our standards at Armadale are very high and although we give the job our very best if it was not for the dedicated team that I work with we would not be where we are today.

In addition to my core team, I also employ other local contractors at certain times of the year such as;at lambing; shearing; silage; and fencing. I am also a great believer in the role that farms can play in this regard. It is more important than ever - in fragile rural communities like ours - to connect and support one another by employing locally, utilising local skills and services, and buying from our local shops. Small things like this can often make the difference between a community thriving, or just surviving, and it’s important that we all make a conscious decision to support those around us and work together.

I am also a great believer in the next generation and I am passionate about bringing people on and teaching them the skills and lessons that I have been fortunate to learn. We regularly welcome pupils from the local school onto the farm for rural skills days and I am always keen to support the younger generation who we will be handing over the reins to in the future.

Below is a summary of our dedicated core team at Armadale.

Joyce CampbellFarmer and avid watcher of weather forecasts. Camera never far from my hand.
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Ian Auctioneer and a long suffering husband with a good sense of humour.
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DawnNight Lamber. Its a joy to take over lambing shed from Dawn in the morning.
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FaithStudent returning for a another year at college.
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FrancesHead of tech and media support also on speed dial for all emergencies.
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Mure Apprentice shepherd and dog trials participant with a dry sense of humour.
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BelleElderly lady. Still good at lambing and keeps control of everyone!
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GlenLoyal hard worker, friendly and a great team player.
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JockFearless and very upbeat even in the face of adversity which is often of his own making.
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JudeMedia tart and all round larger than life personality. Beautiful dog with a beautiful nature.
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KimMini sheepdog in training and a great new team member. Full of fun and devilment.
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MegGreat hill dog, hates the quad but a very determined character. Lovely to work.
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Nan Great wee dog with a happy heart. Pocket rocket.
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RoySensible, calm with great balance around sheep. Gives top cuddles.
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SamA very young at heart OAP. Living legend!
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SkyHard working, bright but does not suffer fools. Nice dog to work and takes no nonsense.
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TibGreat worker, very fit and always gives you everything. Always tries to please.
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