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How wars put tractor pioneer on right track

March 23, 2019

In the 1970s any farmers wishing extra traction for their tractors started to get a large choice of more affordable machines due to an influx of mainstream European-built tractors that offered a four-wheel-drive option.

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No-deal Brexit would be ‘catastrophe’

March 22, 2019

A three-month deferral of Brexit and no-deal being taken off the table would be preferable for the farming industry to the “catastrophic” prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU on March 29, according to Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

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Defra keeps ASF threat at ‘medium’

March 22, 2019

The risk to UK pig farms of African Swine Fever (ASF) entering the country through contaminated or infected products remains “medium”, says the latest disease update from Defra.

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Scotch Beef win on menu for chef Joe

March 20, 2019

St Andrews chef Joe Reddie has been named Scotch Beef Scottish Young Chef of the Year after winning a cook-off held during ScotHot, Scotland’s largest food, drink, hospitality and tourism show.

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Trials show laser beams divert birds from crops

March 20, 2019

Trials involving the use of laser beams to keep birds away from crops have shown ‘great results’ according to a European research consortium which is now planning to test the same approach to keep deer, rabbits and rodents from also causing damage.

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Focus on roles for women in agriculture

March 16, 2019

An equality charter for Scottish agriculture to help develop fresh opportunities for women is to be rolled out this year in response to initial findings by a Scottish Government taskforce.

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Apply seed at variable rates boost

March 16, 2019

Farmers using Väderstad Rapid trailed drills who want to apply seed and fertiliser at variable rates within fields can now do so without needing ISOBUS electronics thanks to new controller software.

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Barbara’s growth spurt as pumpkins farmer

March 16, 2019

A farmer’s wife and mum-of-three from Glenurquhart, near Inverness, is gearing up for her second season of growing pumpkins after being the first to establish a pick-your-own pumpkin patch in the Highlands.

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Supermarkets praised for use of UK products

March 15, 2019

NFU Scotland’s secret beef shoppers have given the majority of the country’s supermarkets a vote of confidence for stocking home-reared products, with only a couple of retailers identified as needing to improve their sourcing.

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