Cattle floats, trailers and horse boxes were loaded up with hundreds of prize-winners and thousands of also-rans last night as farmers made their weary way home after a vintage Royal Highland Show.
Perthshire Charolais breeder Major David Walter was already planning a big party this summer but the celebrations started early on Saturday when his two-year-old heifer won the Royal Highland Show’s highest cattle award, the beef interbreed championship.
Scottish farming turned on style and smiles on the opening day of the Royal Highland Show, but if the findings of a new survey are accurate, the annual spectacle has become an elaborate façade for an industry in crisis.
As the cream of Scotland’s livestock goes on parade at Ingliston, the Royal Highland Show’s main sponsors have called on farmers to examine the opportunities for land outwith traditional agriculture.
The Invergowrie-based vertical farm technology company Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) has won £5.4 million of venture capital funding, led by two of the world’s most active agri-foodtech investors together with the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB).
Alyth Show pulled out the stops at the weekend to attract a top turnout of quality livestock and crowds of onlookers amid perfect show weather.
The 100 million euros bailout to Irish farmers, designed to support them through Brexit uncertainty, has been described as “adding insult to injury” when Scottish beef prices are at a three-year low.
Beef calf scheme support payments should be increased to £250 for every beef calf produced, according to the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW).
A blueprint for a climate change-compliant Scottish farming industry is to be produced in the next 12 months.
Top-notch seed tattie growers who are keen to make constructive changes to their businesses are being head hunted by the AHDB.