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Beef Efficiency Scheme – 2018 events

Autumn events to help farmers and crofters optimise winter nutrition and grazing availability In response to concerns that this year’s weather conditions will result in Scottish farmers and crofters facing...

African Swine Fever (ASF)

The disease is spreading in Europe (1). It has been confirmed in wild boar and feral pigs as well as in commercial and backyard pigs in Central and Eastern Europe....

New Entrants to Farming – Planning For The Future

The roadshow will be held in collaboration with FAS, NFUS and the Scottish Land Commission this will take place throughout October and November traveling across Scotland. The aim of the...

Topics: New Entrants

Clubroot pressure builds

Clubroot is a major issue in rape in Scotand’s arable rotations with over 50% of fields used for oilseed rape carrying the disease – and in areas like Aberdeenshire the...

Crop health: Management of barley pests & diseases (Islay) – event summary

A meeting for Islay barley farmers (9 growers representing 60% of the total on the island) at Rockside Farm / Kilchoman distillery, a farm distillery set-up.  The meeting was arranged...

Figuring it Out: Book-keeping in the 21st Century

The move to Making Tax Digital whereby HMRC will require most rural businesses to provide information more frequently and in greater detail than before (and directly from commercial software) will...

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Are you making the most of Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is not a new idea in farming and many producers will be familiar with the concept through measures such as the pesticide industry’s Voluntary Initiative and...

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New Entrants to Farming – Grassland Matters (Caithness) Event Summary

Paddy from DLF gave an insight to grass growth and getting the best from the farms biggest asset (a copy of his presentation is available to view below). Take home...

Topics: New Entrants

Getting winter barley off to a healthy start

With the winter barley harvest in Scotland almost complete, planning for the 2019 crop begins. Selecting seed of a good health status has always been important but emerging issues with...

Water – Waste not, want not!

Even before we entered the driest six month period since 1984 this summer, water use on farms was starting to be mentioned as one of the assessment criteria to be...