North-east auctioneer Ellis Mutch talks about his appearance in the new Scotch Beef TV advert
The inclusiveness of NFU Scotland (NFUS) has been questioned less than a week after the union launched a campaign seeking to recruit new members.
Five north-east farmers are to grow organic oilseed rape as part of a pilot project to produce locally-sourced organic animal feed with the aim of replacing imported materials.
British Wool has opened applications for its new entrants support scheme.
A trio of projects looking at new breeding technology and bedding for cattle has been awarded more than £175,000.
The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society has revamped its Youth Development Programme (YDP).
The Angus asparagus season kicked off this week at Myreside Farms Produce, Lunan Bay, where growers Neil and Jillian McEwan started harvesting their 15-acre crop in perfect conditions.
Staff overtime costs for the Scottish Government’s beleaguered farm payments IT system have totalled more than £1.8 million since 2015.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has been personally challenged twice in recent days to do more to encourage an increase in beef cow numbers.
Plans to change the way sheep are aged prior to slaughter have officially been put on hold.
Charolais from Graeme Leggat’s Bonnykelly herd at Mormond Prop, New Pitsligo, paved the way at the annual multi-breed show and sale of pedigree bulls at Thainstone yesterday.
A national promotional drive has been launched to grow grass roots membership of NFU Scotland from 8,500 to “well into double figures”.
Top-spec crop sprayers are already among the most sophisticated machines on the farm, but engineers continue to develop new features to further improve spraying accuracy.
Ross-shire couple Alasdair and Gill Macnab have enjoyed their share of success with Limousin cattle, including a top price to date of 28,000gn at the society’s show and sale of bulls at Carlisle in May 2016.
A competition to find the best fleece in the UK has been launched by British Wool.
Crops across Scotland are looking good so far despite the prolonged dry spell, with NFU Scotland cereals chairman Ian Sands describing his own varieties as “charging on”.
North-east porridge-maker Hamlyns of Scotland bounced back into the black last year, according to its latest accounts.
Pedigree bulls reached a top price of 4,000gn at Dingwall and Highland Marts’ annual show and sale of bulls.
Scots potato growers are getting on with planting at top speed this year and not pausing to take too much notice of levy body AHDB’s comments that British potato stocks from the 2018 crop are currently 13% down on the five-year average.
A Scottish agriculture student has won a top UK award for his rare breed pork business.
A Highland crofting enterprise has been crowned New Entrant Farm Business of the Year.
Farmers have been told to ensure casual workers are properly trained to use equipment and that they are aware of safe stop procedures.
A new award will be presented at next month’s Stirling Bull Sales in memory of late auctioneer Morton Strachan MBE.
The latest TV advert to promote Scotch Beef will premiere at cinemas across Scotland this week.
Brexit uncertainty continued to impact sales of new tractors last month.
Farm leaders welcomed the extension to Brexit negotiations until the end of October and called on politicians to use the time wisely to avoid a no-deal exit from the EU.
The number of mobile phone masts being installed on farmland has collapsed since legislation designed to reduce rental costs came into force, agents have warned.
ANM Group has hailed a successful year with record shareholder investment of £6.5million.
An agricultural machinery dealership has thrown its weight behind the campaign to raise awareness of the crime wave sweeping parts of rural Scotland.
Farmers and crofters with an interest in conducting research projects related to livestock health and welfare are invited to apply for funding through the Moredun Foundation.
A pedigree cattle breeder from the Highlands has been elected president of the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society.
Store cattle prices were down in the first quarter due to continued industry uncertainty and a collapse in prime cattle values.