Scotland’s farmers have been promised post-Brexit support that is far more responsive to their needs than the ‘not fit for purpose’ Common Agricultural Policy under which the industry currently operates.
Scottish egg producer Farmlay Eggs enjoyed a boost in turnover and profits last year.
With Brexit fast approaching – and indeed declining direct support for many farms also pending – it’s arguably never been more important for farmers to find ways to generate ways to keep farms sustainable.
There is little indication any breeding herd rebuilding is going on at present, according to the latest market analysis by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
Profits fell by 14% at Scotland’s largest egg producer last year.
Confusion over agricultural trade issues and Brexit has continued, with uncertainty now seemingly the only certainty farmers have.
The 2019-20 tax year commences on April 6 and it brings with it a number of changes.
The launch of a public consultation concerning attacks on livestock by dogs has drawn strong support from NFU Scotland which says the issue is a blight on Scottish agriculture and is affecting more than 70% of livestock farms.
Arable farmers should question economies of scale and whether higher yields translate into more profits, according to David Siddle from Andersons Northern.
A new blackberry breeding programme at the James Hutton Institute has enjoyed a hugely encouraging first year, according to fruit breeder Nikki Jennings.