Gemma Mackenzie

Farming Editor at the Press and Journal.

NFU Scotland announces wish list for Scottish budget

December 10, 2018

The Scottish Government’s spending plans for 2019/20 need to include policy support for farmers and the right financial tools to allow rural businesses to anticipate a prosperous future outside the EU, says NFU Scotland (NFUS).


NZ farmers say they want to see emissions cut

December 10, 2018

The majority of farmers in New Zealand (NZ) believe agriculture should be taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) but, at the same time, most admit they don’t know the current emission rates for their own farms or what to do about them.


Go-ahead for new £5m Highland Show pavilion

December 7, 2018

The go-ahead has been given for the development of a new £5 million conference and meetings structure at the Royal Highland Showground, replacing the existing MacRobert Pavilion in time for the 2020 show.


‘Huge’ concern over RHASS

December 1, 2018

A letter expressing “very grave concern” about the state of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), signed by 120 Royal Highland Show (RHS) “members, exhibitors and stewards” has been sent to RHS directors calling on them to take action.


Thainstone glory as heifer tops price of £4,600

November 28, 2018

Fresh from his win at Livescot on Saturday, Wilson Peters made the long journey from Crieff to Thainstone worthwhile by winning the overall champion at yesterday’s Christmas Classic with a home-bred heifer.


Up biosecurity to cut antimicrobials

November 10, 2018

Taking simple steps to improve biosecurity and welfare on pig farms can significantly reduce the amount of antimicrobials farmers have to administer, say scientists.


Tracks replace tyres in next generation

October 27, 2018

Tracks in place of tyres have become an established option on large tractors and also combine harvesters as a means of spreading the load over a larger soil surface area, and now the concept has been applied to self-propelled forage harvesters.