An outbreak of the virus which has taken only 12 months to wipe out almost half of China’s pig herd – the equivalent of the EU’s entire production – is likely to occur in the UK within a year, a UK Government minister has admitted.
Farmland has come on the market at the foot of the Angus Glens and in Glendevon in Perth and Kinross.
The reputation of Incheoch genetics attracted buyers from Ireland, Wales, Wiltshire and Caithness to the McGowan family’s 12th on-farm sale of rams, bulls and heifers in Glenisla.
The hunt is on for two “forward-thinking” farmers who will be capable of demonstrating sustainable farming techniques after a three-year programme of training, technical support and mentoring.
More than 25,000 store lambs and breeding sheep passed through United Auctions sale rings at Stirling in the last few days, with a centre record set at the sale of 13,485 females.
The long-delayed European convergence funding of £160 million is expected to finally come home to Scotland in the next financial year, beginning in April 2020.
An extra £51.4 million of farm support will come to Scotland over the next two years as a result of the Bew Review into fair agricultural funding allocations across the UK which has been published today.
Perseverance finally paid off yesterday when the chancellor confirmed Scottish farmers will receive £160 million of EU funding owed to them since 2013.
A spate of high-profile farm thefts and repeated assertions that Fife is the rural crime captial of Scotland have led to the formation of a Fife Partnership against Rural Crime.
Britain’s biggest bee farmer estimates he has around a billion workers on his books – give or take a few tens of millions.