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Farm Management Handbook 2021/22

The 42nd edition of the Farm Management Handbook is an essential tool for any progressive farm business, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date source of information for farmers, crofters, rural professionals,…

A freshwater pearl mussel nestled within some gravel in a riverbed.

The Surprising Life of Freshwater Pearl Mussels

1 October 2021


In this podcast Janette Sutherland chats to Mary McAndrew who is a project officer with the Pearl Mussel Project in Ireland. Ireland and Scotland have rivers in their High Nature…

A self propelled crop sprayer treating drills of potatoes, driving away from the viewer.

Pesticides – Sprayer filling and washing areas (podcast)

The focus of this episode is pesticide filling and handling areas – the pollution risks, the legislation, design considerations and the safe disposal of pesticide solutions. Agricultural Consultant George Chalmers…

A yellow self propelled pesticide sprayer in action over a field of broad leaved crop.

Pesticide Information Note: Buffer Zones

When applying pesticides, Buffer Zones have been used for a number of years to help protect water environments. Their use also helps producers avoid penalties from breaching cross compliance rules…

A Blackfaced sheep standing in an area of upland that is thick with bracken.

Emergency Authorisation Approval to use Asulam for Bracken Control in 2021

Following the ending of the approval to use Asulam for bracken control on 31 December 2012, temporary annual arrangements have been put in place to allow the use of Asulam to continue in 2021.

A red self propelled pesticide sprayer spraying herbicide on a grassland field.

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, their use and their residues.…

An above ground slurry store

Winter slurry storage & contingency planning – Information note

Winter slurry storage & contingency planning – Information note Making best use of nutrients in slurry should be every landowners goal.  Forward planning is essential to manage slurry in a…

Webinar: Water Margin Management – Episode 3 – Ditching & Drainage for Profit & Flood Prevention

26 January 2021


        In this webinar we heard from Seamus Donnelly from SAC Consulting talking about best practise when it comes to ditch maintenance, Derek Hanton, also of SAC…

Powerpoint slide 'Nitrogen Fertiliser Management'

Webinar: Protecting Urea

        In this webinar we heard from David Wall, Research officer in soil science from Teagasc talking about protected urea, the impact this has on emissions and…

A farmer stood at the bottom of a newly dug drainage ditch

Derelict to Productive: Drainage

26 January 2021


The importance of drainage and maintaining drains can often be an overlooked step when managing croft ground. The benefits to spending time and effort into your field or croft drainage…

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