Farmers tend not to think of themselves as estate owners, however, thanks to diversification, there are striking similarities.
A strong turnout of young stock were forward for the 10th annual Stars of the Future calf show, held at Stirling Mart on Saturday.
Extensive sheep producers should be prepared to stand up and boast about their natural production credentials, even if that reflects negatively on the more intensive red meat sectors.
Fuel processing giant Petroineos has called farmers to a meeting to discuss growing industry concerns that red diesel is causing damage to farm machinery.
Vegetable producers fear the seasonal workers who are now on their way home to Eastern Europe after a summer in the fields will not return to Scotland next spring.
Charlotte Young of Hall Stud, Ayr, continued her winning form at Lanark Foal Show by taking both the foal championship and reserve with Doura Imelda, a May-born filly foal.
The first tranche of the long-awaited European convergence cash will be distributed to active farmers via a complex formula, the detail of which is still being worked out by the Scottish Government.
Farm leaders have called for a UK-wide emergency support package for beef producers.
A farming business which bought more than 1,200 acres of land near Dundee in 2014 and started producing milk just four years ago has launched farmland on the market for £5 million.
Producers in the hills and uplands look set to be the main beneficiaries of the initial £80 million of convergence funds to be distributed by the Scottish Government.