Alarm bells over the threats to the global milk industry from the rise in veganism and animal welfare activism rang out repeatedly during two full days at the Semex dairy conference in Glasgow.
Scotland’s Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing travelled to London yesterday in a last-ditch appeal to the Westminster Government to take a no-deal Brexit option off the table to prevent economic “disaster”, while in Glasgow Defra Minister George Eustice brushed difficulties aside and described such an outcome as no more than “turbulent”.
Many parts of Scotland have become familiar through use in film and television productions.
Meat processing company AP Jess plunged further into the red last year as it continued to deal with the impact of a major fire at one of its manufacturing plants in 2017.
All three contenders for NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) vice-presidential roles have pledged, if elected, to do more to counter the negative image of farming in the general media.
Farm leaders have branded a campaign encouraging people to go vegan for January as misleading.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is ramping up farm inspections and enforcement this year in a bid to reduce the industry’s horrific safety record.
Pioneering proposals for a free open farm and visitor centre to foster better understanding of agriculture and food production will be reviewed by Fife councillors this month after planning officials turned down the original application.
Leaving the European Union without a deal would put at risk “real gains” from Brexit such as boosting productivity in farming and protecting the environment, Michael Gove has said.
Fife’s highest profile field of wheat of 2018 achieved 63% of its potential yield and came 52nd out of the 210 fields entered in national crop improvement trials.