Rural Business

The Farm Advisory Service provides a range of timely and targeted Rural Business support to help Scottish farmers improve the management and performance of their businesses.

This support includes;

  • Farm business advice on key operational areas including strategy, finance, marketing, risk management, and people delivered through the web site and a range of local events.
  • The provision of publications and tools to assist farmers in business management.
  • A focus on timely farmer-oriented information in response to changes in the market and policy environment such as Brexit.
  • Promotion of innovative activity that supports thriving farm business (e.g. renewable energy).
  • Provide important Scottish-oriented market information for farm businesses and the wider agricultural industry in Scotland though on-line publications and datasets.
  • Support farm businesses at all stages of their lifecycle – inception, operation, growth – and, if necessary, exit.


Soil Phosphorous Management

Dr Bill Crooks describes a new approach to managing phosphorous in your soil. Low levels of soil phosphorous can be very detrimental to grass and clover in the sward and…

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Podcast: Making a mark at the markets

In this podcast, Ross Mackenzie talks to Ian Tolmie, Managing Director of Dingwall and Highland Marts who gives valuable advice for those new to livestock marts, and what they should…

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Podcast: Cattle handling systems on common grazings

In this podcast we hear from Dr Simon Turner of SRUC Dr Turner did a roadshow on cattle handling systems on Common Grazings in Lewis, Uist and Skye. Listen to Janette…

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Common Grazing Regulations & Committees

What are Common Grazings? How can you ensure that your Common Grazing is regulated? What steps are needed to form a Grazings Committee? This guide from the Crofting Commission is…

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AgriBusiness News April 2019

AgriBusiness News April 2019

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New Entrant Case Study: Jenny McKerr

Jenny McKerr was brought up in Paisley; she studied agriculture at SAC and then worked in the beef industry before purchasing a farm, along with her husband Stephen. Their goal…

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