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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

New Entrants Gathering 2018, Perth

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 Case Study: Mix of Farming Arrangements

    Case Study: Ian McKnight  To build a viable farming business, one young farmer retains flexibility to work within different agreements. After studying Agriculture at the Scottish Agricultural College, Auchincruive (Ayr)…

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    New Entrants Case Study: Joint Ventures for Landowner

    Case Study: Stephen Withers and Neil Sandilands  Share Farming – A Different Approach for Owner and Operator Share Farming is not common in Scotland but two farmers explain how it…

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    New Entrants to Farming: It’s A Fluke – Event Summary

    New Entrants to Farming from Caithness recently attended an informative, hands on workshop on the importance of the vet labs and disease surveillance at the SAC Veterinary Services Centre at…

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    New Entrants to Farming: An Introduction to Lambing – Event Summary

    Most problems at lambing are nutrition related.  If you manage condition correctly you can minimise metabolic disorder, lambing issues and maximise the number of lambs reared. The participants were made…

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    New Entrants to Farming: Cow Signals Workshop (Stranraer) Event Summary

    CowSignals provides a framework to structure cow observations so that management and animal welfare can be improved.  By spending time observing your herd and answering key questions regarding Feed, Water,…

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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

    Mentoring Rules and Procedures

    It is widely recognised that all professionals, wherever they are in their career, can benefit from having a mentor. However, there are particular benefits for new entrants to receive mentoring support during their first few years after qualification, having taken on land or a tenancy or when receiving grant support.

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    Greening Update 2018

    Information sheets showing the 2018 Greening updates

    QMS Better Soil Grassland Management for Scottish Beef & Lamb Producers

    QMS Better Soil Grassland Management for Scottish Beef & Lamb Producers booklet

    Better Returns Programme: Marketing Prime Beef Cattle

    This is a copy of the Better Returns Programme: Marketing Prime Beef for Better Returns publication

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    Better Returns Programme: Understanding Cattle Carcases

    This is a copy of the Better Returns Programme: Understanding Cattle Carcases publication

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