New Entrants

Full House at the 2017 New Entrants Gathering

“get with the” Programme

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 Robert Logan, Consultant, SAC Consulting, 01555 662562 Robert.Logan@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: Hoof to Hook (Lanark Group)

    The Lanark group met at the end of September to develop business planning skills and improve efficiency within the sheep enterprise by following prime lambs from ‘Hoof to Hook’. The…

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    New Entrants to Farming: Overview of Crofting Support (North Uist) – event summary

    The meeting was on crofting support schemes and was requested by several of the group members as they were unsure of all the support available to them. The meeting went…

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    New Entrants Workshop : Getting More From Your Grass (Borders) – event summary

    The final new entrants workshop of the winter was held on farm for the first time in the Borders, with a focus on grassland management. Grassland management is a key…

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    New Entrants to Farming: Take Nothing for Granted – event summary

    The event was held on Friday 10th March in the HelloDigital Meeting room at the An Lochran building in Inverness. The guest speaker was SAC Consulting’s Kara Craig who took…

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    New Entrants to Farming: Grassland Management – event summary

    +++This event was repeated in Morayshire+++ A grassland management meeting was held on Monday 6th March 2017 as the last of the Argyll & Lochaber New Entrant events for 2016/17….

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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.

    Farming & Water Scotland Stand at AgriScot

    Farming & Water Scotland – AgriScot

    We’re heading back to AgriScot this year – held at Ingliston, Edinburgh Visit the Farming and Water Scotland stand to hear how other farmers have reduced diffuse pollution risk and how it has…

    New Entrants North East

    The first new entrant workshop for the 2017/18 winter will be held at The Thainstone House Hotel, Inverurie.   Speaker: Tim Geraghty, SAC Veterinary Services Topics include: Livestock Medicines Equipment…

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    Downloads

    Powerpoint_Overview of crofting support

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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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