Fallowing involves removing all traces of farming from the site being fallowed, allowing wind and tide to cleanse and regenerate.
Our sites have been fallowed since we began operations in 1999 and, over the last year, we have been reviewing the benefits and whether there is any way we could make fallowing even more effective. Certain Loch Duart sites have different qualities, as on any farm. The purpose of the fallowing policy remains the reduction of impact on the sea bed and the water quality. In recent years and months, Loch Duart’s SEPA compliance results demonstrate that the company is performing better than ever.
We have now altered the lengths of fallow in quite a number of the Loch Duart sites in Sutherland. In the previous system, which was easier to understand as each site was fallowed for one year in three in rotation. Now we have developed a more tailored strategy that treats each site like a land farmer would treat each field. So one site gets fallowed every year for five months; whereas another might get eight months in two years.
This strategy is better for the fish and better for the environment. For the time being, we will continue to operate a full year fallow on the Loch Duart Hebridean sites and will review this strategy in the same way at an appropriate time in the future.