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Adding value to food and drink, introductory course

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:

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).

    News

    New Entrants to Farming: Livestock Medicines and Use (Morayshire)

    Guest speakers, Donald and Serena from the Aberlour Vet Group and Billy from Elanco, presented information on livestock medicines, including responsible use, storage, administration, quarantine procedures and the reduction in…

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    New Entrants to Farming: Planning Your Future

    Talk of accounts, business planning, gross margins and benchmarking can make us feel a bit uncomfortable, not having the confidence in understanding them, let alone using them.  An enthusiastic group…

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    New Entrants to Farming: Grassland Management: Above and Below the Soil (Forfar)

    This was the 5th meeting of the New Entrants to Farming group based around Forfar.  The main speakers on the night were Poppy Frater, SAC Consulting and David Ross, SAC…

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    New Entrants to Farming: Liver Fluke Workshop (Stirling)

    Stirling New Entrants group met on the 31st of October to discuss Liver Fluke control measures at the Stirling Court Hotel, Bridge of Allan. Heather Stevenson, Veterinary Investigation Officer from…

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    New Entrants to Farming – ‘Asset Finance: Choosing the right option for you’ – Event Summary

    FAS meeting held in Dumfries on 3rd October 2017  Guest speaker Donald Stewart (Farming & Industrial Finance) delivered a presentation on the finance market and the numerous different options that are…

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    Events

    New Entrants – Grassland – Above and Below the Soil (Lanark)

    The meeting will cover all aspects of Grassland management and improvement. Grass is the ‘heart’ of the farm and is the cheapest feed source for livestock. We will discuss maximising…

    Venues: Radstone Hotel Event Tags: South Topics: New Entrants

    New Entrants: Benefits of Benchmarking Workshop (Borders)

    To survive and thrive in the future, farm businesses will need to become more efficient, resilient and competitive.  Key to improving competitiveness is understanding and controlling your cost of production….

    Venues: Buccleuch Arms Event Tags: South east Topics: New Entrants

    New Entrants – Farm Succession (Fraserburgh)

    FAS New Entrants to Farming Programme are holding a series of lunch meetings together with Johnston Carmichael and a local bank manager to discuss steps to introducing the next generation…

    Event Tags: North east Topics: New Entrants

    New Entrants – Farm Succession (Fort William)

    FAS New Entrants to Farming Programme are holding a series of lunch meetings together with Johnston Carmichael and a local bank manager to discuss steps to introducing the next generation…

    Event Tags: North West and West Topics: New Entrants

    New Entrants – Joint Ventures

    The meeting will cover all aspects of Joint Ventures within farming. The term ‘Joint Venture can be used to describe a wide spectrum of collaborative agreements between two parties, this…

    Venues: Garfield Hotel Event Tags: South and South west Topics: New Entrants
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    Publications

    New Entrants Newsletter Spring 2017

    New Entrants Newsletter Spring 2017

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    What to expect from an inspection

    What to expect from an inspection

    Mentoring support for new entrants – application form

    Mentoring support for new entrants – application form

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    Downloads

    ILMP case study: Beauty Bhowmik, High Cleughearn Farm

    In 2015, Beauty Bhowmik and her husband Devproteek, decided to change careers and move their family from London to East Kilbride to start a farm business. Being new to farming, Beauty contacted the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) for general advice and information on soil management. FAS encouraged her to apply for an Integrated Land Management Plan (ILMP) to get the best out of the new business.

    New Entrants Newsletter October 2017

    The newsletter includes an overview of the Dumfries and Lanark new entrant groups, detail on the Mentoring service available to farmers and new entrants. There is also information on woodlands.

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    New Entrants Newsletter Spring 2017

    The spring 2017 newsletter includes an overview of the regional new entrant groups, a summary after the excitement of the New Entrants Gathering held in February plus added detail on the Mentoring service available to farmers and new entrants. There is also a bit of detail on tenancy law AND a reminder of various grants and scholarships available.

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    Caroline Wood, Ricardo New Entrants Conference

    Caroline Wood gave an overview of the ILMP and Mentoring Scheme

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    New Entrants Figures and Grants Inverness

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