Johnstons of Elgin founded the first course in Sustainable Pasture Management in 2018 in collaboration with the SFA and with the involvement of the education authority in the Khenti Region of Mongolia. This course teaches sustainable pastureland management and traditional herding practices to the children of nomadic herders, the next generation of herders.
Using specially developed textbooks modern regenerative farming theories are incorporated into a foundation of cultural traditions. The Sustainable Pasture Management course saw 432 pupils graduate in its first year, and in 2020, the programme will be extended to the whole of the Khenti region and to a further region beyond.
In response to Covid-19, the SFA is developing an online portal for Johnstons of Elgin Young Herder Programme.