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Sustainable Systems: Farming Challenges

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Securing your Water Supply with Boreholes and Lagoons

Scotland’s water is one of the country’s greatest assets. The supply of clean water to Scotland is valued at £228 million, however, this is threatened by climate change and human…

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Cutting emissions in the oat sector, a case study

Oats are highly valued for being both nutritious and offering significant health benefits. As a crop its green credentials are well known, giving good yields...

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A Carbon Conversation, audits, emissions, reductions and more

Welcome back to the Rural Round-up hosted by me, Kerry Hammond. This show is produced in association with the Scottish Government. On today’s episode I’m...

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How to Spot Q Fever and What Action to Take

The disease Q fever is caused by the bacteria Coxiella Burnetii which can infect cattle, sheep and goats. It can also cause disease in humans,...

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Green Finance

In this episode of Natural Capital, we are talking about the issue that underpins every topic we cover, and that is finance and funding! With...

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Protecting Atlantic Salmon

At COP28 the decision was taken by the International Union for Conservation of Nature to reassess the status of Atlantic salmon, moving it from a...

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Thrill of The Hill – Agrecalc Cloud: The Sky’s the Limit

THRILL OF THE HILL | Carbon and benchmarking carbon are here to stay, firmly embedded in the best practice for the farming community. With COP28...

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Kirsten Williams: Let your determination grow stronger

Mary-Jane Lawrie is joined by Kirsten Williams. Kirsten is a livestock specialist with SAC Consulting and she also runs a farm business on Ranna Farm...

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Farm Labour shortages, free upskilling events, and a conversation with The Soil Association

Welcome back to the Rural Round-up hosted by me, Kerry Hammond. This show is produced in association with the Scottish Government. On today’s episode Tiffany,...

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Agribusiness News April 2023 – Input Costs: Seasonal Workers

Seasonal Worker Sponsor Licences The regulations of Seasonal Worker Sponsor Licences apply to any overseas national that a UK farm wishes to employ if they...

Read more >

Nature Based Solutions to Combat Drought and Flooding

Climate change and increase in drought and flooding Climate change is set to bring on a change in our weather systems, with extreme weather conditions...

Read more >

Advertising an Agricultural Job: How to Approach It

Finding staff to fill agricultural jobs is getting harder and this publication is the third in a series that gives helpful hints and tips on...

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Eye-catching Agricultural Job Adverts: How To Create Them

In a time where it is getting increasingly harder to recruit staff into the agricultural industry, it is important that you can stand out from...

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Thrill of the Hill 9 – Digging Deep on Soil Carbon

Episode #9 – Digging Deep on Soil Carbon. In this episode we hear from Senior Scientific Lead Rachael Ramsay about the scientific consensus around soil...

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Targeted Selective Treatment in Sheep

Wormer resistance is becoming an issue on many farms across the country and all farmers should look at options to improve the efficacy of wormers...

Read more >

Getting the farm ‘climate ready’

Farmers and land managers are constantly making business decisions whilst having to factor in and account for various unknowns; fluctuating commodity prices, market trends, changing...

Read more >

Alternative Clostridial Vaccines

There have been lots of supply issues over the last two years and some medicines have been affected. You may have struggled to get hold...

Read more >

Integrated Pest Management – Top Tips from High Scoring Farms

The IPM planning tool for Scottish growers is starting to give useful insights about what high scoring farms do and where they get their information....

Read more >

Making Sheep Systems Sustainable: Controlling Liver Fluke

Daniel Stout speaks with Dr Philip Skuce from Moredun Research Institute about liver fluke in sheep. Resistance to triclabendazole, the only flukicide effective against all...

Read more >

Podcast: Thrill of The Hill – Sustainable Principles

Managing Scotland’s landscapes sustainably is what all farmers, crofters and landowners seek to achieve. For years now there has been a steady increase in the...

Read more >

Cropcast: Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a holistic approach to pest management that aims to maximise profit whilst also aiming to minimising the negative impacts of...

Read more >

Cropcast: The Journey To Net Zero

Net Zero is a phrase that we hear all the time, but what does the journey to net zero look like for cropping systems. In...

Read more >

Women in Agriculture, Caithness: Confused about Carbon? Let’s Clear the Air!

So much talk about reducing farm emissions, lowering your carbon footprint, carbon neutral, net zero and how to farm more efficiently…..confused by all this and...

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Sustainable Sheep Systems – Getting on top of lameness

Agricultural Consultant Daniel Stout speaks with Professor Laura Green OBE about how best to get on top of footrot and reduce lameness in the flock....

Read more >

Thrill of The Hill – Farming for 1.5 Degrees

Farming as with all other industries has been set the challenge of operating more efficiently and sustainably in the face of climate change. To achieve...

Read more >

Trees and carbon capture – The Science

Can trees really help combat climate change, and how? If you’ve ever wondered “what’s the evidence that tree planting targets will work?” watch the recording...

Read more >

Our Seasonal Workforce: Health and Safety and Worker Welfare

Given that the seasonal workers who come to Scotland for work are from various countries and backgrounds, it is important that they feel respected, valued,...

Read more >

Co-operation and Collaboration – The Benefits of Working Together

The benefits of co-operation are well-evidenced.  Co-operation involves farmers and others, working together to achieve a commercial objective, which they cannot achieve independently and individually....

Read more >

Acquiring Land Through Contract or Share Farming Agreements

In this video in our series looking at advice and guidance for people who want to make a new start with agriculture, we’re talking contract...

Read more >

Podcast: Thrill of The Hill – Flock Resilience

While a Brexit trade deal has taken some pressure off the sheep sector the changing political and agricultural landscape means that it must adapt to...

Read more >

Cropcast: Winter cereal disease management

In this episode of Cropcast we’re talking about winter cereal disease management with Prof Fiona Burnett, Peter Lindsay and Dr Neil Havis.

Read more >

The Role of Biostimulants in IPM

The overriding principle of IPM is to manage the health of a crop holistically, rather than just to focus on individual pests and disease and...

Read more >

Precision solutions to animal health & welfare: episode 1

Welcome along to our animal health & welfare series of podcasts. Over the course of 2021, we’ll be bringing you 8 podcasts, each falling under...

Read more >

Pesticide Information Note: Spray Drift

Pesticide Information Note: Spray drift Spray drift is a topic that has come under increasing focus as the general public take more interest in pesticides,...

Read more >

How Do You Measure IPM?

The whole point of integrated pest management (IPM) is to work holistically with your farm system to manage the pest, weeds and diseases unique to...

Read more >

Winter Agronomy Digital Roadshows – Business Resilience and Markets

The Winter Agronomy Roadshows in January for this year will be delivered on-line as a combination of technical lectures, podcasts and interactive discussion sessions. In...

Read more >

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Select by an area of interest

Cutting emissions in the oat sector, a case study

Oats are highly valued for being both nutritious and offering significant health benefits. As a crop its green credentials are well known, giving good yields...

Read more >

A Carbon Conversation, audits, emissions, reductions and more

Welcome back to the Rural Round-up hosted by me, Kerry Hammond. This show is produced in association with the Scottish Government. On today’s episode I’m...

Read more >

How to Spot Q Fever and What Action to Take

The disease Q fever is caused by the bacteria Coxiella Burnetii which can infect cattle, sheep and goats. It can also cause disease in humans,...

Read more >

Green Finance

In this episode of Natural Capital, we are talking about the issue that underpins every topic we cover, and that is finance and funding! With...

Read more >

Protecting Atlantic Salmon

At COP28 the decision was taken by the International Union for Conservation of Nature to reassess the status of Atlantic salmon, moving it from a...

Read more >

Thrill of The Hill – Agrecalc Cloud: The Sky’s the Limit

THRILL OF THE HILL | Carbon and benchmarking carbon are here to stay, firmly embedded in the best practice for the farming community. With COP28...

Read more >

Kirsten Williams: Let your determination grow stronger

Mary-Jane Lawrie is joined by Kirsten Williams. Kirsten is a livestock specialist with SAC Consulting and she also runs a farm business on Ranna Farm...

Read more >

Farm Labour shortages, free upskilling events, and a conversation with The Soil Association

Welcome back to the Rural Round-up hosted by me, Kerry Hammond. This show is produced in association with the Scottish Government. On today’s episode Tiffany,...

Read more >

Agribusiness News April 2023 – Input Costs: Seasonal Workers

Seasonal Worker Sponsor Licences The regulations of Seasonal Worker Sponsor Licences apply to any overseas national that a UK farm wishes to employ if they...

Read more >

Nature Based Solutions to Combat Drought and Flooding

Climate change and increase in drought and flooding Climate change is set to bring on a change in our weather systems, with extreme weather conditions...

Read more >

Advertising an Agricultural Job: How to Approach It

Finding staff to fill agricultural jobs is getting harder and this publication is the third in a series that gives helpful hints and tips on...

Read more >

Eye-catching Agricultural Job Adverts: How To Create Them

In a time where it is getting increasingly harder to recruit staff into the agricultural industry, it is important that you can stand out from...

Read more >

Thrill of the Hill 9 – Digging Deep on Soil Carbon

Episode #9 – Digging Deep on Soil Carbon. In this episode we hear from Senior Scientific Lead Rachael Ramsay about the scientific consensus around soil...

Read more >

Targeted Selective Treatment in Sheep

Wormer resistance is becoming an issue on many farms across the country and all farmers should look at options to improve the efficacy of wormers...

Read more >

Getting the farm ‘climate ready’

Farmers and land managers are constantly making business decisions whilst having to factor in and account for various unknowns; fluctuating commodity prices, market trends, changing...

Read more >

Alternative Clostridial Vaccines

There have been lots of supply issues over the last two years and some medicines have been affected. You may have struggled to get hold...

Read more >

Integrated Pest Management – Top Tips from High Scoring Farms

The IPM planning tool for Scottish growers is starting to give useful insights about what high scoring farms do and where they get their information....

Read more >

Making Sheep Systems Sustainable: Controlling Liver Fluke

Daniel Stout speaks with Dr Philip Skuce from Moredun Research Institute about liver fluke in sheep. Resistance to triclabendazole, the only flukicide effective against all...

Read more >

Podcast: Thrill of The Hill – Sustainable Principles

Managing Scotland’s landscapes sustainably is what all farmers, crofters and landowners seek to achieve. For years now there has been a steady increase in the...

Read more >

Cropcast: Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a holistic approach to pest management that aims to maximise profit whilst also aiming to minimising the negative impacts of...

Read more >

Cropcast: The Journey To Net Zero

Net Zero is a phrase that we hear all the time, but what does the journey to net zero look like for cropping systems. In...

Read more >

Women in Agriculture, Caithness: Confused about Carbon? Let’s Clear the Air!

So much talk about reducing farm emissions, lowering your carbon footprint, carbon neutral, net zero and how to farm more efficiently…..confused by all this and...

Read more >

Sustainable Sheep Systems – Getting on top of lameness

Agricultural Consultant Daniel Stout speaks with Professor Laura Green OBE about how best to get on top of footrot and reduce lameness in the flock....

Read more >

Thrill of The Hill – Farming for 1.5 Degrees

Farming as with all other industries has been set the challenge of operating more efficiently and sustainably in the face of climate change. To achieve...

Read more >

Trees and carbon capture – The Science

Can trees really help combat climate change, and how? If you’ve ever wondered “what’s the evidence that tree planting targets will work?” watch the recording...

Read more >

Our Seasonal Workforce: Health and Safety and Worker Welfare

Given that the seasonal workers who come to Scotland for work are from various countries and backgrounds, it is important that they feel respected, valued,...

Read more >

Co-operation and Collaboration – The Benefits of Working Together

The benefits of co-operation are well-evidenced.  Co-operation involves farmers and others, working together to achieve a commercial objective, which they cannot achieve independently and individually....

Read more >

Acquiring Land Through Contract or Share Farming Agreements

In this video in our series looking at advice and guidance for people who want to make a new start with agriculture, we’re talking contract...

Read more >

Podcast: Thrill of The Hill – Flock Resilience

While a Brexit trade deal has taken some pressure off the sheep sector the changing political and agricultural landscape means that it must adapt to...

Read more >

Cropcast: Winter cereal disease management

In this episode of Cropcast we’re talking about winter cereal disease management with Prof Fiona Burnett, Peter Lindsay and Dr Neil Havis.

Read more >

The Role of Biostimulants in IPM

The overriding principle of IPM is to manage the health of a crop holistically, rather than just to focus on individual pests and disease and...

Read more >

Precision solutions to animal health & welfare: episode 1

Welcome along to our animal health & welfare series of podcasts. Over the course of 2021, we’ll be bringing you 8 podcasts, each falling under...

Read more >

Pesticide Information Note: Spray Drift

Pesticide Information Note: Spray drift Spray drift is a topic that has come under increasing focus as the general public take more interest in pesticides,...

Read more >

How Do You Measure IPM?

The whole point of integrated pest management (IPM) is to work holistically with your farm system to manage the pest, weeds and diseases unique to...

Read more >

Winter Agronomy Digital Roadshows – Business Resilience and Markets

The Winter Agronomy Roadshows in January for this year will be delivered on-line as a combination of technical lectures, podcasts and interactive discussion sessions. In...

Read more >

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