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Preparing For The Future

Farming for the future As Scotland works towards being a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture a new four tier framework of agricultural support will be launched. The new…

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Lesley Mitchell: Building a thriving family business, the importance of work life balance and converting to organic

Mary-Jane Lawrie visits Whitriggs Farm in the Scottish Borders to speak to Lesley Mitchell. They chat about the family farm and how it has evolved...

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Distilling the Arbikie story

Welcome to the third episode of In Conversation With… hosted this month by Principal Consultant Mark Bowsher-Gibbs. On today’s episode Mark is joined by John...

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Holistic Management: Part 3 – Holistic Context

This is the third of a four-part series exploring holistic grassland management. The other articles in this series cover an introduction to Holistic Management, the...

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Water Scarcity Case Study: Alternative watering of livestock

Background Following an AECS application in 2016 to fence off watercourses from grazing livestock, combined with a move to outwintering of cattle, Whitriggs Farm had...

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Holistic Management: Part 2 – Holistic Decision Making Framework

This is the second of a four-part series exploring holistic grassland management. The other articles in this series cover an introduction to Holistic Management, the...

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Holistic Management: Part 1 – Introduction

This is the first of a four-part series exploring Holistic Management. In this article we take a look at the development of Holistic Grazing Management....

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Converting to Organic Farming

The lifting of the 1,000 ha limit for organic funding under the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) has resulted in more industry interest in organics. Read...

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Grazing for Profit and Biodiversity: Adaptive Grazing

Three Rules of Adaptive Stewardship Grazing  Adaptive stewardship grazing is a multi-paddock grazing strategy based on short duration high stock density grazing followed by rest...

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Getting Your Soil Ready for Organic Farming

Ensuring soil health is optimal is key to the success of any farming operation, but in an organic system, where there is no option to...

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Getting Started with Organic Farming – How to Convert to Organic

Summary This factsheet is the third in a series. The aim of which is to look at How to convert to Organic farming, “How to...

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Sustainable Sheep Systems: Viewfield Case Study

Read how the Maxwell family at Viewfield have developed a sustainable low input productive flock through a focus on functional genetics and production off forage....

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Getting Started with Organic Farming – Is Organic for me?

Summary This factsheet is the second in a series, the aim of which is to look at the considerations of converting to organic and what...

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How To Convert To Organic Grassland

An introduction to the critical factors for a successful Organic conversion. This is the first in a series of Organic Conversion articles which will discuss...

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Intercropping

In this video, Donald Dunbar speaks about companion crops, otherwise known as Intercropping, with Jonny Mccririck in the Scottish Borders.  As protein prices have been...

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Organics in Scotland Video Series

Whether you’re considering conversion to organic farming or you’re looking at introducing a different enterprise on your organic farm, the videos in this series look...

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Virtual Fencing

This case study gives a real life example of how David Whiteford of Maxwelston Farm, South Ayrshire has used virtual fencing to improve his beef and...

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Thrill of the Hill – A Cow for the Future

Episode #10 – A Cow for the Future. We all think we know a good cow when we see one, but how futureproof is she,...

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Grazing Spring Grass for Productive Flocks

In this final webinar of the 2022/23 grazing for productive flocks series, SAC specialist Daniel Stout provides an overview of pasture measuring and budgeting before...

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CropCast – Intercropping

Welcome to CropCast, your go to podcast for all the latest information on arable crops. Each month, SAC advisor, Tiffany Mactaggart will be joined by...

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Direct Retailing from a Poultry, Dairy, Beef, Sheep & Arable farm – Lower Mill of Tynet Farm

Gordon & June Whiteford are 1st generation farmers, who have built up their farming business over the last 10 years at Lower Mill of Tynet....

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Utilising Deferred Cattle Grazing

In this short video, we visit Giles Henry in the Scottish Borders who has been operating a low input, deferred grazing system for 26 years....

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Organic Virtual Farm Tour Webinar

An ideal opportunity to visit Whitriggs farm hosted by Stuart Mitchell without leaving your home in this webinar from Tuesday 29th November. In 2016 Stuart...

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Forage and Grass Guide

Well planned and managed forage and grassland provides an opportunity to incorporate more resilience into our beef and sheep businesses. By looking at our forage...

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Grazing for Profit and Biodiversity at Coldrochie

Multi-species swards can bring numerous benefits for biodiversity, soil health, grassland productivity and livestock performance being diverse with a wide range of different grasses, legumes...

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StockTalk – Sheep Systems & Grazing Strategies with Poppy Frater (July 2022)

In this podcast we hear from SAC Sheep and Grazing Specialist Poppy Frater, who will discuss current issues, opportunities and options for sheep producers. Poppy...

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Regenerative Agriculture – Integrating Livestock

Integrating livestock on arable farms has many benefits from extending the rotation by providing more break crops, to increasing soil protection and boosting microbial activity...

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How well do you know your upland habitats?

We often talk about ‘Heather Moorlands’ when referring to the uplands, but there are three distinct upland habitats in which ling heather plays a prominent...

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Regenerative Agriculture – Maintaining A Living Root

Bill Stewart is a beef finisher from Huntly who grows spring barley to feed his cattle, and he shows us why he believes keeping a...

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Regenerative Agriculture – Maximising Crop Diversity

Above ground plant diversity can lead to a more resilient soil by promoting a diverse soil food web with a range of organisms. On farm,...

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Thrill of The Hill – Heather Management

Scotland is host to the largest concentration of heather moorland in the world with huge biodiversity interest and carbon holding potential. In this sixteenth episode...

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Profitability of Rotations Factsheet

An ideal rotation should include a balance of different crops.  The main aim of a rotation is to provide a profitable sequence that breaks the...

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Common Grazings – The Benefits for Crofters of a Grazing Committee

This short guide explains the role of a committee, and the many benefits as a result of being “in—office” – click download to read more.

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Cropcast: Sustainable Variety Choices

Join SRUC’s Prof Fiona Burnett as she talks to Donald Dunbar from SAC Consulting and Dr Steve Hoad from SRUC.  In this episode of the...

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Information Note: Successful Management of Triplet Rearing Ewes and Breeding Hoggs

Breeding ewe hoggs and managing ewes for more triplets/better triplet performance can lead to increased flock output and profitability.  However, if poorly managed, triplet bearing...

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Organic Oilseed Rape Production in Scotland

Organically grown oilseed rape is not a crop typically associated with the UK, and certainly not in Scotland. However, this has all started to change...

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Lesley Mitchell: Building a thriving family business, the importance of work life balance and converting to organic

Mary-Jane Lawrie visits Whitriggs Farm in the Scottish Borders to speak to Lesley Mitchell. They chat about the family farm and how it has evolved...

Read more >

Distilling the Arbikie story

Welcome to the third episode of In Conversation With… hosted this month by Principal Consultant Mark Bowsher-Gibbs. On today’s episode Mark is joined by John...

Read more >

Holistic Management: Part 3 – Holistic Context

This is the third of a four-part series exploring holistic grassland management. The other articles in this series cover an introduction to Holistic Management, the...

Read more >

Water Scarcity Case Study: Alternative watering of livestock

Background Following an AECS application in 2016 to fence off watercourses from grazing livestock, combined with a move to outwintering of cattle, Whitriggs Farm had...

Read more >

Holistic Management: Part 2 – Holistic Decision Making Framework

This is the second of a four-part series exploring holistic grassland management. The other articles in this series cover an introduction to Holistic Management, the...

Read more >

Holistic Management: Part 1 – Introduction

This is the first of a four-part series exploring Holistic Management. In this article we take a look at the development of Holistic Grazing Management....

Read more >

Converting to Organic Farming

The lifting of the 1,000 ha limit for organic funding under the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) has resulted in more industry interest in organics. Read...

Read more >

Grazing for Profit and Biodiversity: Adaptive Grazing

Three Rules of Adaptive Stewardship Grazing  Adaptive stewardship grazing is a multi-paddock grazing strategy based on short duration high stock density grazing followed by rest...

Read more >

Getting Your Soil Ready for Organic Farming

Ensuring soil health is optimal is key to the success of any farming operation, but in an organic system, where there is no option to...

Read more >

Getting Started with Organic Farming – How to Convert to Organic

Summary This factsheet is the third in a series. The aim of which is to look at How to convert to Organic farming, “How to...

Read more >

Sustainable Sheep Systems: Viewfield Case Study

Read how the Maxwell family at Viewfield have developed a sustainable low input productive flock through a focus on functional genetics and production off forage....

Read more >

Getting Started with Organic Farming – Is Organic for me?

Summary This factsheet is the second in a series, the aim of which is to look at the considerations of converting to organic and what...

Read more >

How To Convert To Organic Grassland

An introduction to the critical factors for a successful Organic conversion. This is the first in a series of Organic Conversion articles which will discuss...

Read more >

Intercropping

In this video, Donald Dunbar speaks about companion crops, otherwise known as Intercropping, with Jonny Mccririck in the Scottish Borders.  As protein prices have been...

Read more >

Organics in Scotland Video Series

Whether you’re considering conversion to organic farming or you’re looking at introducing a different enterprise on your organic farm, the videos in this series look...

Read more >

Virtual Fencing

This case study gives a real life example of how David Whiteford of Maxwelston Farm, South Ayrshire has used virtual fencing to improve his beef and...

Read more >

Thrill of the Hill – A Cow for the Future

Episode #10 – A Cow for the Future. We all think we know a good cow when we see one, but how futureproof is she,...

Read more >

Grazing Spring Grass for Productive Flocks

In this final webinar of the 2022/23 grazing for productive flocks series, SAC specialist Daniel Stout provides an overview of pasture measuring and budgeting before...

Read more >

CropCast – Intercropping

Welcome to CropCast, your go to podcast for all the latest information on arable crops. Each month, SAC advisor, Tiffany Mactaggart will be joined by...

Read more >

Direct Retailing from a Poultry, Dairy, Beef, Sheep & Arable farm – Lower Mill of Tynet Farm

Gordon & June Whiteford are 1st generation farmers, who have built up their farming business over the last 10 years at Lower Mill of Tynet....

Read more >

Utilising Deferred Cattle Grazing

In this short video, we visit Giles Henry in the Scottish Borders who has been operating a low input, deferred grazing system for 26 years....

Read more >

Organic Virtual Farm Tour Webinar

An ideal opportunity to visit Whitriggs farm hosted by Stuart Mitchell without leaving your home in this webinar from Tuesday 29th November. In 2016 Stuart...

Read more >

Forage and Grass Guide

Well planned and managed forage and grassland provides an opportunity to incorporate more resilience into our beef and sheep businesses. By looking at our forage...

Read more >

Grazing for Profit and Biodiversity at Coldrochie

Multi-species swards can bring numerous benefits for biodiversity, soil health, grassland productivity and livestock performance being diverse with a wide range of different grasses, legumes...

Read more >

StockTalk – Sheep Systems & Grazing Strategies with Poppy Frater (July 2022)

In this podcast we hear from SAC Sheep and Grazing Specialist Poppy Frater, who will discuss current issues, opportunities and options for sheep producers. Poppy...

Read more >

Regenerative Agriculture – Integrating Livestock

Integrating livestock on arable farms has many benefits from extending the rotation by providing more break crops, to increasing soil protection and boosting microbial activity...

Read more >

How well do you know your upland habitats?

We often talk about ‘Heather Moorlands’ when referring to the uplands, but there are three distinct upland habitats in which ling heather plays a prominent...

Read more >

Regenerative Agriculture – Maintaining A Living Root

Bill Stewart is a beef finisher from Huntly who grows spring barley to feed his cattle, and he shows us why he believes keeping a...

Read more >

Regenerative Agriculture – Maximising Crop Diversity

Above ground plant diversity can lead to a more resilient soil by promoting a diverse soil food web with a range of organisms. On farm,...

Read more >

Thrill of The Hill – Heather Management

Scotland is host to the largest concentration of heather moorland in the world with huge biodiversity interest and carbon holding potential. In this sixteenth episode...

Read more >

Profitability of Rotations Factsheet

An ideal rotation should include a balance of different crops.  The main aim of a rotation is to provide a profitable sequence that breaks the...

Read more >

Common Grazings – The Benefits for Crofters of a Grazing Committee

This short guide explains the role of a committee, and the many benefits as a result of being “in—office” – click download to read more.

Read more >

Cropcast: Sustainable Variety Choices

Join SRUC’s Prof Fiona Burnett as she talks to Donald Dunbar from SAC Consulting and Dr Steve Hoad from SRUC.  In this episode of the...

Read more >

Information Note: Successful Management of Triplet Rearing Ewes and Breeding Hoggs

Breeding ewe hoggs and managing ewes for more triplets/better triplet performance can lead to increased flock output and profitability.  However, if poorly managed, triplet bearing...

Read more >

Organic Oilseed Rape Production in Scotland

Organically grown oilseed rape is not a crop typically associated with the UK, and certainly not in Scotland. However, this has all started to change...

Read more >

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