The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society has appointed Neil Caul as assistant breed secretary.
Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, has raised the issue of giving farm tenants an absolute right to buy (ARTB) to a new level.
The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association has expressed its concerns to the Scottish Government that the inclusion of deer farmers in the new CAP support regime may encourage some sporting estates to fence in wild deer on hill ground to qualify as eligible for entitlement to Single Farm Payment.
An ambitious plan that would see Scotland’s dairy sector increase in size by 50% by 2025 was unveiled yesterday by James Withers, who claimed it was not only entirely possible but that Scotland was an ideal location for a dynamic dairy industry.
Prime lamb producers have seen prices slide some 14-15 ppk liveweight (lwt), 3% lower than this time last year, writes Stuart Ashworth, head of Economic Services at Quality Meat Scotland.
The problem of repatriation of red meat levy to Scotland has been a running sore for years, but it has now become a debating point at the highest level with First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron taking opposing views.
Scotland’s outstanding farm debt rose by more than £53 million over the last year.
The importance of Scotland to world poultry production was stressed by UK Government Universities and Science Minister David Willetts at the opening of the National Avian Research Facility (Narf) at Edinburgh University Easter Bush campus.
More than 4,000 farmers across Scotland who lost livestock during this year’s extreme weather have now received compensation from the Scottish Government.
Scotland’s seed potato growers will have an additional export market this season.