Crofts and small farms

Get access to high quality advice and information.

The Croft and Small Farm Advisory Service provides part-funded subscription and consultancy services to crofting businesses and small farm businesses.

If you are a crofter or have a small holding of less than 30 hectares, then you can make use of the subscription for advice on a range of topics.

Advice under the Subscription is delivered by SAC Consulting’s agriculture, woodland, conservation and specialist advisers.  All our advisers combine local knowledge with extensive experience. Based in SAC’s 23 offices across the Highlands, islands and mainland Scotland, advisers are close at hand and understand local conditions.

Advisers can help you start up a new business, grow your existing enterprises or fine-tune an established business.

Apply for a subscription

Please fill in an application form today to access advice from your local SAC office

To apply, contact us and we will arrange for your local office to call you back.

Phone: 0300 323 0161
Email: advice@fas.scot

How a subscription can help your enterprise

The Croft and Small Farm Advisory Service can help with many topics, including:

  • managing a croft or smallholding
  • livestock rations, analysis of nutrients in silage, animal health planning
  • horticultural advice
  • conservation and environmental advice, e.g., management of muirburn, wildflower areas, water courses and hedges; grant schemes
  • organic farming
  • forestry and woodland design and management, amenity planting, grant schemes, timber sales
  • renewable energy – wind, hydro, solar, biomass and AD
  • livestock record keeping and rules and regulations
  • prevention of pollution, compaction and nutrient loss
  • grassland and crop advice including soil analysis, liming, fertiliser, grassland reseeds, removing rushes and weed control.

In addition, for crofters:

  • completion of assignations, decrofting and sublet applications
  • croft maps for Crofting Commission or SGRPID
  • advice on the Crofting Register
  • advice on available grants such as CAGS

What does the subscription include?

  • advice and independent recommendations (up to 2 hours per year) from your local adviser, on the phone or in the office
  • technical notes of your choice with information on the latest developments
  • local newsletter for essential updates
  • access to a subscriber-only website with up-to-date information
  • free access to meetings/demonstrations
  • free subscription to Farm Text, available through your mobile phone

In addition, subscribers can receive up to two hours of advice, on farm or in the office or by phone, of consultancy at a discounted rate.

Apply for a subscription

Please fill in an application form today to access advice from your local SAC office

To apply, contact us and we will arrange for your local office to call you back.

Phone: 0300 323 0161
Email: advice@fas.scot

Cost

An annual subscription costs £69.65 plus VAT (£83.58).

Additional advice for up to 2 hours is charged at £53.40 per hour plus VAT (£64.08).

Thereafter, advice is charged at the full rate of £89 per hour plus VAT (£106.80).

    News

    Podcast: Growing crofting and smallholdings

    ‘Growing Crofting and Small Holdings’ is a brand new radio show which broadcast on Cullin FM on Tuesday the 18th of April.  The programme featured: •  Lambing course on Skye •  Learning…

    Small Farms Workshop (Borders) – event summary

    We held a series of meetings in the Borders to support small farms. The materials (presentations and handouts) can be found below. The topics covered included: Pre-lambing nutrition Condition scoring…

    New Entrants to Farming: Common Grazing (Skye) – event summary

    The meeting was held in Portree on the subject of Common Grazings which is very relevant to the area. A well attended meeting where 3 groups were formed to go…

    Smallholder Discussion Group: Making the Most of Your Soil (Lothians) – event summary

    We ran a discussion group for smallholders in the Lothians and Peeblesshire on the 24th of January 2017.  This was the first meeting of the group and the focus was…

    Small scale cattle and sheep : building a viable enterprise – event summary

    Small Scale Cattle & Sheep Meetings These two meetings were well attended and provided the participants with a good opportunity to learn the key points they should consider when considering…

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    Events

    sheep on hill

    “Use It or Lose It” – FAS Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty Event – Fenwick

    The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is holding a series of events across Scotland this autumn to inform tenant farmers and landowners about important changes to tenancy legislation including the current Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty. The aim of the FAS events are to raise awareness of the key changes brought about by the 2016 Act – what is now in force and what is coming and the implications. This will include a discussion on the amnesty, informing those involved of its importance at way-go and during rent reviews, and providing information on which improvements are eligible for the amnesty.

    Croft

    “Use It or Lose It” – FAS Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty Event – Stranraer

    The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is holding a series of events across Scotland this autumn to inform tenant farmers and landowners about important changes to tenancy legislation including the current Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty. The aim of the FAS events are to raise awareness of the key changes brought about by the 2016 Act – what is now in force and what is coming and the implications. This will include a discussion on the amnesty, informing those involved of its importance at way-go and during rent reviews, and providing information on which improvements are eligible for the amnesty.

    Crofts

    “Use It or Lose it” – FAS Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty Event – Islay

    The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is holding a series of events across Scotland this autumn to inform tenant farmers and landowners about important changes to tenancy legislation including the current Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty. The aim of the FAS events are to raise awareness of the key changes brought about by the 2016 Act – what is now in force and what is coming and the implications. This will include a discussion on the amnesty, informing those involved of its importance at way-go and during rent reviews, and providing information on which improvements are eligible for the amnesty.

    Croft

    “Use It or Lose It – FAS Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty Event – Isle of Bute

    The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is holding a series of events across Scotland this autumn to inform tenant farmers and landowners about important changes to tenancy legislation including the current Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty. The aim of the FAS events are to raise awareness of the key changes brought about by the 2016 Act – what is now in force and what is coming and the implications. This will include a discussion on the amnesty, informing those involved of its importance at way-go and during rent reviews, and providing information on which improvements are eligible for the amnesty.

    Croft

    “Use It or Lose It” – FAS Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty Event – Dumfries

    The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is holding a series of events across Scotland this autumn to inform tenant farmers and landowners about important changes to tenancy legislation including the current Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty. The aim of the FAS events are to raise awareness of the key changes brought about by the 2016 Act – what is now in force and what is coming and the implications. This will include a discussion on the amnesty, informing those involved of its importance at way-go and during rent reviews, and providing information on which improvements are eligible for the amnesty.

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    Publications

    Greening

    Greening

    Under reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), it is mandatory for farmers and crofters who apply to the Basic Payment Scheme to comply with Greening requirements.

    Publication Type: Greening Publication Year: 2017 Topics: Crofts and small farms and Farm business
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    Downloads

    Borders Small Farms Major Nutrients powerpoint

    Time for Stock Clubs

    Crofting Agricultural Grant Scheme Common Grazings

    Smallholder discussion group soils presentation

    ph and nutrients

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