There is a network of new entrant groups across the country helping individuals at various stages in developing their business. For more information or where to find your nearest group contact Kirsten Williams, Consultant, SAC Consulting, 01888 563333 Kirsten.Williams@sac.co.uk
The programme also includes useful free resources:
- Case studies – learn from the experiences of other new entrants.
- Guidance notes – advice tailored to assist new entrants to farming.
- New Entrants to Farming Gathering – see the 2018 presentations.
- Newsletter – get more info and additional articles.
- Social media to catch up with recent events and info.
- Scottish Government website for further information.
Free mentoring support for new farmers and crofters
If you are a new farmer or crofter, or have set up business in the last five years, then you are also entitled to free support through the Farm Advisory Service’s mentoring programme. This can give you access to the valuable skills and knowledge of an experienced mentor, matched to your business’s needs, who can guide you through the vital set-up and early growth-years of your business.
Typical skills that mentors could offer include:
- Experience of running a farm business
- Traditional skills such as stone walling, hedge laying etc.
- Food and drink industry experience
To download your mentoring application form today click here. Should you need further information, or require a hard copy of this form, please telephone the Farm Advisory Service advice line on 0300 323 0161.
Why this programme is so important to the industry
Concerns about the lack of new entrants to farming are not unique to Scotland. Similar anxieties have been expressed in many developed countries for the last 20 years. However, Scotland’s principal farmers are indeed ageing. The number of farmers aged over 65 increased from 24% to 31% in the last 10 years to 2015. At the same time, the number of farmers under 45 has fallen. It is estimated that the average age of Scottish farmers is around 58 and a large proportion do not have a successor in place. New entrants are therefore essential to the sustainability of the Scottish farming industry.
The Scottish Government’s New Entrants to Farming Programme, delivered by SRUC, aims to support, enthuse and inspire those who want to join this great industry. The programme provides advice on how to effectively enter and thrive in the industry, the skills required, and support measures available which may include grant funding – through mechanisms such as the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).
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What to expect from an inspection
Mentoring support for new entrants – application form
QMS Better Soil Grassland Management for Scottish Beef & Lamb Producers booklet
This is a copy of the Better Returns Programme: Marketing Prime Beef for Better Returns publication
This is a copy of the Better Returns Programme: Understanding Cattle Carcases publication
This is a copy of the Better Returns Programme: Marketing prime lamb manual
This is a copy of the Better Returns Programme booklet: Understanding lamb carcases