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    QMS Cattle and Sheep Assurance Scheme

    The Quality Meat Scotland, Cattle & Sheep assurance scheme is the longest established scheme of its kind in the world and is now in its 28th year. In order for…

    Common Grazings and Sheep Stock Clubs Liability

    There is some confusion and ambiguity surrounding the need for both public and employers’ liability cover for common grazings committees and sheep stock clubs. Common grazings committees and sheep stock…

    Small Farmers Meeting – An Introduction to Lambing Sheep – Event Summary

    Key take-home messages: Be prepared. Stay calm. Get help – if in doubt, call in the vet. Most problems at lambing are nutrition related.  If you manage condition correctly you…


    Common Grazings Discussion Group – Uist (second meeting) – Event Summary

    The meeting started with Janette Sutherland reporting back to the group on the benchmarking survey undertaken at the launch meeting. A discussion followed on the pertinent points from the survey…

    Lothians Small Farms Workshop, Cross Compliance & Tagging – Event Summary

    At this workshop we offered advice on cross compliance on your farm as well as tagging and record keeping for livestock.

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    Scottish Smallholders Festival 2018

    The Scottish Smallholder Festival is Scotland’s largest smallholder event, celebrating the best of Scottish smallholding, growing and craft. Organised by smallholders and growers, it is aimed at all those with an interest…

    Are pigs for you? Croft & Smallholder Practical Workshop (Skye)

    This event is targeted at those who are thinking of keeping pigs in the future and do not know where to start, or who already keep pigs, but would like…

    Smallholder Training Event – Selecting lambs fit for the Abattoir

    Smallholder Training Event looking at lamb/cull ewe finishing, and the physical selection of these lambs/ewes for suitability to go to the abattoir.

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    Practical Guide: Pollinators types and food sources on small units

    Practical Guide: Pollinators Types and Food Sources on small units



    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 Topics: Crofts and small farms and Farm business
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    Info note – Hot weather July2018

    Information Note – Summer 2018: Hot weather and potential risks to livestock health and welfare

    How to Create Early Cover for Corncrakes

    Corncrakes are a small, migratory bird that spend their winters in Central and Western Africa, and their summers in Northern Europe. They used to be
    widespread in the UK, but are now on the red endangered list, and are limited to a few small populations in the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Skye, Orkney and Durness on the mainland of Scotland.

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