Gemma Mackenzie

Farming Editor at the Press and Journal.

Plea for share farming taskforce

April 14, 2014

Landowners body Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) has called for the creation of a new cross-industry taskforce to look at developing share farming in Scotland.

Farmers face ‘Cap challenges’

April 10, 2014

Farmers' co-operative ANM Group has pledged to help its members with the challenges posed by Common Agricultural Policy reform over the next few years.


Store cattle to £1,560 at Thainstone

April 9, 2014

A top price of £1,560 was achieved at the spring show and sale of Aberdeen-Angus, Shorthorn and native breed store cattle at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, yesterday.

Government told it must get active farmer test right

April 5, 2014

How the Scottish Government chooses to implement regulations surrounding farming activity will determine whether or not a new era of "slipper" farmers emerges under the new Common Agricultural Policy.

Blow over coupled support option

April 2, 2014

Scottish farming was dealt a bitter blow yesterday with reports the government's request for increased coupled payments have been shot down by the European Commission.

Island farms ‘rely on’ Cap cash

March 25, 2014

Orkney's farming community could lose up to £7million a year as a result of "ill thought out" Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) reforms, NFU Scotland has warned.

Preventing joint-ill in calves

March 22, 2014

Joint-ill is a perennial problem at calving time, with a variety of opportunistic bacterial pathogens capable of causing sporadic outbreaks.

Tenant farmers call for rent reviews to be put on hold

March 20, 2014

The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association is calling for a moratorium on all rent reviews until the dust settles on Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) reform and the government completes its review of agricultural holdings.

Politicians and campaigners grilled over key issues

March 19, 2014

EU membership, the battle for convergence uplift and what currency farmers would be using in an independent Scotland were all up for discussion at a heated NFU Scotland debate in Stirling this week.

2014 profits rise prediction

March 18, 2014

Farmers could be set for a higher profit in 2014, according to estimates from agri-consultancy Andersons.

‘Clock is ticking’ warning over new payments scheme

March 15, 2014

Farmers could be left waiting for vital support payments in 2015 if the Scottish Government does not hurry up and make a decision on the format of the new basic payments scheme, a leading consultant has warned.

North Sea ‘hangover’ ahead

March 11, 2014

The North Sea oil and gas industry is entering a hangover period after years of booming business, a leading energy financier has warned.