Beavers, badgers and buzzards surpassed even Brexit as a bugbear for the Scottish farming industry at NFU Scotland’s annual conference yesterday when growers from across the country vented their frustration over what they see as a lack of wildlife management by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Nothing less than a cast-iron guarantee that the Scottish Government will reinstate £65 million of Less Favoured Areas Support Scheme (LFASS) funding in 2020 and 2021 will satisfy industry politicians when Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing addresses NFU Scotland’s annual gathering in Glasgow.
A powerful Aberdeen-Angus bull sporting a third prize rosette broke through the ranks to sell for 25,000gns at a breed sale which picked up momentum after a sticky start to trade.
Peterborough breeders Harry, Charles and Sally Horrell dominated the Beef Shorthorn leaderboard, with both the junior and senior champions.
We have probably all heard about the decision in the Monsanto Roundup case in the US, where that most fickle of all judges, an American jury, found that Monsanto had concealed the risks inherent in using Roundup.
Not many young women, at the age of 24, have the opportunity to take on a herd of 250 pedigree cattle, but Stephanie Dick was born and brought up with the Ronick Limousin herd, based at Mains of Throsk, Stirling, and to her it was a natural progression.
A former vice-president of Scotland’s farmers’ union has called on the industry to relinquish the pre-harvest use of glyphosate to maximise the chances of the herbicide continuing to be licensed for other essential applications.