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The Farm Advisory Service provides guidance for farmers to improve and strengthen the resilience of their farm businesses.  Support includes access to Scottish relevant information on; markets, industry developments, financial and technical benchmarks and business planning.

Market situation and prospects

  • We produce new edition of Agribusiness News and Milk Manager News each month.  See publications for the latest version of each.
  • Scottish farm output prices – a dataset of Scottish farm output prices for key commodities including; cereals and oilseeds, potatoes, beef, sheep and milk.
  • Scottish farm input prices – a dataset of Scottish farm input prices for key expenditures including feed, fertiliser and fuel.

Benchmarking

Budgeting and financial planning

Land tenure

Details coming soon

CAP cross compliance

Details coming soon

Tools and resources

Details coming soon

If you want to speak to a consultant about a business issue, please phone the advice line on 0300 323 0161, or explore this website in more detail.

    News

    Cow eating hay or straw

    Securing straw supplies this year and next

    Given the generally lower grass and silage yields this year livestock producers are looking to fill the gap and whole-crop cereals and straw are a key alternative. Arable farmers are…

    Prolonged dry spell – what can be done?

    We’ve had calls from across the country for what can be done in the face of the continued dry weather.  We asked a few experts for their advice: David Lawson,…

    Adviser spotlight: Ian Cairns – carbon audits

    Name and profession: Ian Cairns, Professional Farm Adviser  Specialism: Carbon audits Ian Cairns, is a qualified farm adviser, with over 20 years’ experience in professional consultancy. He works with farmers…

    Daye Tucker: Case study of one-to-one specialist advice

    Support provided by the Farm Advisory Service: subsidised funding to commission a specialist advice report on biodiversity and conservation  After support from FAS to produce an Integrated Land Management Plan…

    business plan with compass and symbols (Photo credit: AAI)

    Up to £1,600 available for Scottish farmers seeking specialist advice on business efficiency

    Scottish farmers and crofters can now claim additional funding for specialist advice on business efficiency as part of an Integrated Land Management Plan (ILMP) through the Farm Advisory Service (FAS)….

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    Events

    Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting – December 2018

    The next meeting of the Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting will be held courtesy of Iain Green. For further information and to book your place contact Samantha Stewart on 01343 548787…

    Venues: Corskie Farm Event Tags: North east Topics: Animal welfare and Farm business

    Sutherland Monitor Farm meeting – December

    The next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm will be held courtesy of Jason and Victoria Ballantyne. For further information and to book your place, please contact Willie Budge or…

    Venues: Clynelish Farm Event Tags: North Topics: Animal welfare and Farm business

    Angus Monitor Farm meeting – November

    The next meeting of the Angus Monitor Farm meeting is taking place courtesy of Robert, Alison and Rory Stodart. For further information and to book your place, please contact the…

    Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting – October 2018

    The next meeting of the Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting will be held courtesy of Iain Green. For further information and to book your place contact Samantha Stewart on 01343 548787…

    Venues: Corskie Farm Event Tags: North east Topics: Animal welfare and Farm business

    Sutherland Monitor Farm meeting – September

    The next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm will be held courtesy of Jason and Victoria Ballantyne. For further information and to book your place, please contact Willie Budge or…

    Venues: Clynelish Farm Event Tags: North Topics: Animal welfare and Farm business
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    Publications

    AgriBusiness News May 2018

    AgriBusiness News May 2018

    Publication Type: Agribusiness News Topics: Farm business

    AgriBusiness News April 2018

    AgriBusiness News April 2018

    Publication Type: Agribusiness News Topics: Farm business
    Dairy cows

    Milk Manager News March 2018

    Milk Manager News March 2018

    Publication Type: Milk Manager News Topics: Farm business

    AgriBusiness News March 2018

    AgriBusiness News March 2018

    Publication Type: Agribusiness News Topics: Farm business
    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 Topics: Crofts and small farms and Farm business
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    Downloads

    Info note – Hot weather July2018

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

    Adviser Spotlight: Ian Cairns – carbon audits

    ILMP case study: Daye Tucker, Carbeth Home Farm

    Impact indicators for upland habitat assessment

    This ‘Impact indicators for upland habitat assessment’ information leaflet was part of the delegate pack supplied to support the ‘Upland Habitat and Impact of Herbivores’ event held on the Isle of Jura during May 2018

    Habitat impact assessments checksheet

    This ‘Habitat impact assessment checksheet’ was provided as part of the delegate pack to support the ‘Upland Habitats and Impacts of Herbivores’ event held on the Isle of Jura during May 2018

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