Young farmers from across the north of Scotland competed in a range of competitions at the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC) north region agri weekend.
The line-up of judges for next year’s Royal Highland Show has been announced by event organiser the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
Farmers union NFU Scotland (NFUS) has called for a meeting with Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox.
Farm levy body AHDB Potatoes has named the recipients of two major industry awards.
The growing popularity of mountain biking in Scotland has led to a huge increase in the number of illegal bike trails being constructed on farms and rural estates.
Scottish breeders were out in force at the Dark Diamonds Suffolk Sale in Carlisle.
Farming unions have arranged a meeting with milk processor Muller over its recent announcement of a 1.5p a litre price cut for its non-aligned suppliers from January 2018.
A 390-acre arable farm in Moray is being offered on the lettings market by Crown Estate Scotland.
North-east animal feed firm Harbro has expanded its retail division with the acquisition of Russell’s Country Store.
A new campaign encouraging members of the public to anonymously report illegal dumping of waste in farm buildings and warehouses has been launched by Crimestoppers.
A top price of 16,000gn was paid for an in-lamb gimmer from Huntly breeder Jim Innes at the Christmas Stars Texel Sale at Carlisle.
Scotland’s largest machinery ring enjoyed a boost in turnover and profits last year.
It was a clean sweep for Robbie Wilson, North Dorlaithers, Turriff, at the biggest show and sale yet of pedigree sheep at the Aberdeen Christmas Classic.
A small selection of pedigree bulls averaged £3,934 for 15 head with seven Charolais levelling at £3,675, five Limsouin £4,557 and three Simmental £3,499 at the Aberdeen Christmas Classic.
The open sheep championship was won by 11-year-old exhibitor Seth Miller, The Lurg, Inverurie, who was showing at the Christmas Classic for the first time.
Fresh from judging the prime cattle at LiveScot, Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud, was delighted to take the overall championship with a home-bred heifer at the Christmas Classic at Thainstone.
This year’s 25th anniversary Christmas Classic attracted a large attendance throughout Monday afternoon and evening and all day Tuesday this week to view the best of north-east beef cattle and sheep at the annual event which is organised by Aberdeen and Northern Marts with NorthLink Ferries as main sponsor.
Farmers and crofters are being invited to attend the next meeting of the Sutherland monitor farm, which will focus on developing a sustainable business.
Farmers who attend the next monitor farm meeting at Mill of Inverarity, near Forfar, will be asked for their opinions on crossing breeds.
Each month we ask a young farmer for their views on farming
and rural youth.
The development of a management system which focuses on carefully measuring and monitoring cattle performance, is one of the secrets of the success of Pitgaveny Farms, near Elgin.
Muller, the main milk buyer in the north and north-east, has slashed the price it will pay to farmers from January by 1.5p per litre.
As the first dairy farm in Scotland to be certified as organic, the Willis family, of Forest Farm, Glasgoforest, have never been afraid of doing something different.
A hard Brexit would have a “catastrophic” impact on the European meat industry according to a new report by UECBV, the federation which represents 20,000 livestock and meat companies across EU member states.
Machinery experts from across Europe have selected a 130hp McCormick tractor as the winner of the tractor of the year award.
Well-known Western Isles farmer Hamish Angus Mackenzie has died at the age of 83.
A farmer has found a new way to keep his turkeys in check - by herding them with a sheep dog.
Drinks giant Diageo has announced plans to close its Speyside dark grains plant early next year.
A new health and nutrition guide to accompany ram purchases should be developed to ensure commercial sheep producers are getting the most out of their tups, claims a new report from the National Sheep Association.
A renowned Aberdeenshire dairy herd started dispersing its cattle at a special sale in Carlisle.
Case IH has expanded its Puma tractor range with new entry-level models.
The Scottish Crofting Federation has outlined three key areas it believes the Scottish Government needs to take forward to ensure crofting legislation is fit-for-purpose in future.
Dairy farmers should be aiming to achieve a full economic cost of production of between 22 and 25p a litre, claims AHDB Dairy.
Free-range egg producers will still be able to market their produce as free-range for up to 16 weeks when their hens are kept in restricted conditions due to avian influenza outbreaks.
North-east animal feed firm Harbro has launched a drive to create more rumen-friendly diets for dairy cows.
Farmers, butchers and livestock enthusiasts from all over Scotland and beyond will gather in the north-east next week for the Aberdeen Christmas Classic.
Scotland’s largest red meat processor, J.W. Galloway, enjoyed a 12% boost in profits last year.
The Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) has cancelled its plans to hold a specialist on-farm beef and sheep event next summer.
Aberdeen-Angus breeders from across Scotland gathered at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, for the Black Beauty Bonanza.
An Aberdeenshire farmer is embarking on a pioneering trial into the use of hydrogen technology to reduce, and possibly even eradicate, carbon emissions from tractors and heavy-duty farm vehicles.
One of the most popular tractors on the vintage scene today is the little Fordson Dexta.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts has announced a number of changes to its senior management team following the decision of mart stalwart Alan Hutcheon to retire.
Wet weather and an attack of nematodes in Fife did not deter 20 teams of students from competing in this year’s SRUC and Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge which was the biggest yet.
The Glenbervie and Howe o’the Mearns Ploughing Association is preparing to hold its centenary match next weekend.
Today Deutz tractors are a familiar sight in the fields of Britain since they started to arrive here in numbers during the 1970s.
The driving force behind an Aberdeenshire-based fertiliser company believes the use of volcanic rock dust on crops and grazing paddocks could transform the businesses of many crofters, farmers and growers.
Late autumn is traditionally a time of farmers’ meetings – harvest work is (usually) finished, feeding of cattle is just starting, winter is not yet under way and farmers have the time and the inclination to go out and discuss agricultural and political matters with each other.
A government agricultural officer and a former agricultural lecturer have announced plans to embark on an epic 210-mile walk to raise funds for rural charity RSABI.
Some of Britain’s most progressive young farmers and agribusiness people, including three from north-east and central Scotland, are being funded to attend January’s Oxford Farming Conference (OFC).
Ploughing enthusiasts from across the north of Scotland gathered at Meddat Farm at Kildary for the Easter Ross Ploughing Association’s annual ploughing contest.
An Aberdeenshire arable unit was crowned cream of the crop at the AgriScot event.
A new website to help farmers, crofters and animal keepers protect their animals from infectious diseases and reduce their reliance on antibiotics was launched at the AgriScot event at Ingliston.
A new weather advisory panel for the agricultural sector is to be established, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing revealed at AgriScot.
Aberdeen Northern Marts has shared some of its favourite photos with us from past Christmas Classic events. Looking forward to the next one? You won’t have to wait long. The 25th Aberdeen Christmas Classic will be held at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on November 27 and 28 and sponsored by NorthLink Ferries. For more information, click here.
The first sale to disperse part of the renowned herd of Deveronside Holsteins from the Mair family at Kinnermit, Turriff, takes place later this month.
Farmers need to take the initiative to move away from area-based payments to a system which rewards innovation and productivity.
European farmers could be left at a disadvantage by losing the UK’s “rational voice” in agricultural policy discussions post-Brexit.
The prospect of Eurasian lynx being released in Scotland will move a step closer in the next few weeks when campaigners hold a public meeting in Argyllshire.
Growing genetically modified (GM) crops in Scotland is unlikely to help farmers increase yields and produce more food, says the head of a leading crop research facility.
A total of 25 competitors from Caithness to North Kessock took part in the annual North and West Caithness Ploughing Association match held at Stanstill Farm, Bower, by permission of Mr and Mrs Morgan Milne.
It is consistently Scotland’s dearest market for finished cattle, and carries a nationwide reputation for selling top stock.
AgriScot, the farm business event, is a must-attend for forward-thinking farmers – I believe there is no other event with such a solid business emphasis.
Plans are well under way at ANM preparing for the 25th annual Christmas Classic, taking place at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on November 27-28.
Fettercairn Show organisers held a special prizegiving evening for winners from this year’s event.
Murphy Agricultural Machinery has been appointed Deutz-Fahr dealer for Aberdeenshire.
Nearly 30% of pig businesses have seen workers leave since the EU referendum, according to a survey by the National Pig Association (NPA).
A recent article in the Press and Journal set a challenge to us here at AHDB Potatoes.
A landmark this month is the closing of the crofting legislation reform consultation on November 20.
European dairy giant Arla has called on the UK Government to publish a new UK agricultural policy as soon as possible.
When I took on this job I never imagined I would be saying that here at Crianlarich we are at the cutting-edge of the global Internet of Things.
Lantra Scotland has issued a final plea for nominations for its Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards.
The panel of speakers for a special question time session at this month’s AgriScot event has been unveiled by the Scottish Dairy Hub.
A mental health awareness campaign run by the organisation representing Scottish young farmers has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.
Radical post-Brexit farm policy proposals under consideration by the farmers’ union include placing a cap on individual farm support payments and introducing production measures that would flout World Trade Organisation rules.
Milk processor Muller has launched a new service for its non-aligned farmer suppliers.
The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is offering two youngsters the chance to attend next year’s Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) for free.
The deadline is fast approaching for final entries for this year’s Aberdeen Christmas Classic event.
Two farms in the north and north-east have been named as finalists in the AgriScot Scotch Beef and Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year Awards.
An award-winning Aberdeenshire farm shop has been forced to close due to “challenging trading conditions”.
An imported bull at the centre of a Bluetongue virus alert on a Stirling farm has tested negative for the disease.
Westminster has singled out farming and fishing for an accelerated exit from Europe at the end of March 2019.
Farmers union NFU Scotland says it is committed to striking the right Brexit deal for Scottish farmers and crofters.
A kenspeckle figure in north-east agriculture, Melvin Dalgarno, has died at the age of 88.
Scottish specialist farm machinery manufacturer ScanStone has launched two new potato and vegetable windrower machines.
The Dalchirla flock of Blackfaces run by Ian and Patsy Hunter at Muthill, Crieff stole the show at Dalmally with a top price of £75,000 and most of the day’s other high prices.
A new test has been developed to enable farmers and crofters to screen their cattle for liver fluke.
The Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) held a special awards lunch yesterday to honour seven shining stars of the farming community in the north of Scotland.
A new automated tracing system that can recognise cattle that are eligible for minimal risk of BSE has been introduced for use in abattoirs.
It’s not often the last animal in the ring attracts one of the day’s top bids, but trade for Charolais bulls got stronger as the Stirling sale progressed and concluded with a top bid of 12,000gn.
Simmental bulls met a selective trade, while the breed’s female record was smashed twice at the closing day of the October Stirling Bull Sales.
Shorthorn bulls sold to a top of 12,000gn at the Stirling Bull Sales.
What is believed to be a new breed record for a maiden heifer was achieved in the Aberdeen-Angus sale ring at the Stirling Bull Sales.
Just days after a Limousin bull sold for 70,000gn at Carlisle, the breed was back in demand among commercial beef farmers at Stirling where sires sold to a top of 11,000gn.
Earlier this month, Nick attended the launch of our local Food Assembly in nearby market town Dingwall.
Farm, construction and groundcare machinery dealer Ravenhill Ltd plunged further into the red last year.
Scottish farmers are urged to remain vigilant for signs of bluetongue virus following identification of the disease in a number of cattle imported from France.
Farmers from all corners of Scotland and beyond gathered at the Stirling Livestock Centre yesterday for the opening day of the Stirling Bull Sales.
Farm subsidy payment loans totalling £254million will start to arrive in bank accounts this week, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed.
A well-known face in the agricultural and business communities of the north-east has been crowned winner of this year’s Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) public award.
Scottish tenant farmers and landlords are being encouraged to participate in a survey gathering views and experiences of the conduct of land agents.