Scottish food producers have been warned they are at risk of being flattened by a “Brexit juggernaut” which is hurtling towards them at full speed with its headlights blazing.
Farmer rivalry and parades of top quality livestock may have been at the heart of Saturday’s Kirriemuir Show but this year’s event pulled out all the stops to attract the general public to a varied day of countryside fun and competition.
Conditions in Scotland’s potato fields are rapidly approaching those experienced during the drought of 1976, when yields crashed, scarcity created demand and prices rocketed to an unprecedented £300/tonne.
At least three major soft fruit growers in Angus and Perthshire saw produce go to waste on bushes last week as this year’s shortage of good seasonal workers began to bite.
Rain could return to Tayside and Fife this week following a heatwave which brought highs of more than 30C to the local area.
Scottish farmers have been promised more competitively-priced liquid fertilisers following the opening of a new 16,000-tonne mixing and storage plant at the Port of Dundee.
The continued dry hot weather is causing concern for cereals and potato producers in Scotland, and in parts of Central Europe and Scandinavia farmers are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a severe drought.
More than 500 acres of prime agricultural land in Fife has been put on the market at offers over £2,620,000.
Pig slaughtering will restart at Brechin abattoir in the middle of next week if supplies of vital CO2 gas for the humane stunning process are delivered as promised.
Leading farmers, vets and livestock health experts say the time has come to develop a scheme to control the sheep industry curse of ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA).