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JAHAMA Highland Estates has appointed Chloe Malcolm as manager of its 12,000 acres of upland farming operations in the Glenshero and Inverlair areas.
Chloe, 25, was born and brought up on a local Highlands farm and has experience in farming in Devon, Dumfries and on the Isle of Bute.
Her appointment, at one of Scotland’s largest hill farming operations, represents a departure from the usual demographic for a farm manager. Only 16% of farm managers in Scotland are female, and only 4% are younger than 35 .
She has been brought in with a mandate to innovate and to enhance JAHAMA Highland Estates’ meat offering – including focusing on rearing good quality native sheep, with the possibility of expanding into native cattle and venison.
JAHAMA’s farms have nearly 600 sheep reared on land close to settlements in the Glens where conditions permit. Over time, the company hopes to create more opportunities for partners to farm on Jahama’s land in order to enhance economic opportunities for local communities.
Julia Stoddart, Chief Operating Officer, JAHAMA Highland Estates, said: “We’re delighted to have Chloe on board. She’ll bring energy and enthusiasm to our farming operation, which is of vital importance to the local economy and environment.”
Chloe Malcolm said: “I’m thrilled to be taking on this new challenge. Our goal is to produce good quality livestock as part of our sustainable Estate business – while taking good care of the landscape and natural resources.”