Beef and sheep producers have been told to plan ahead for winter forage and straw supplies to avoid any nasty surprises.
A huge display of Massey Ferguson tractors will go on show at New Deer Show as part of efforts to celebrate the tractor brand’s diamond jubilee.
Conditions in Scotland’s potato fields are fast approaching those experienced during the infamous drought of 1976, when yields crashed, scarcity created demand and prices rocketed to an unprecedented £300/tonne.
Scottish growers are moving away from winter barley to spring varieties, according to AHDB.
Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC, has launched a campaign to encourage more people to return to the academic world as mature students.
Sustainable farming will be the focus of an innovative, new-style on-farm technical event being held on Wednesday by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) at Knock Farm, Huntly, courtesy of host farmers, Roger and Beth Polson.
Ringlink Scotland’s new pre-apprenticeship scheme is under way with 13 youngsters embarking on a six-month work placement across the north-east, Perthshire and Angus.
Farmers are being encouraged to plan ahead as part of a new straw and feed campaign launched by NFU Scotland (NFUS).
A north-east farmer has been crowned Pig Farmer of the Year by the Co-op.
The number of dairy farmers in Scotland has continued to decline in the first six months of the year.
Farmers’ co-operative Angus Cereals has gone into administration.
Former NFU Scotland vice-president John Picken, who farms on the outskirts of St Andrews, has put half his farmland on the market.
The sun shone down on exhibitors and visitors at this year’s Fettercairn Show.
Farm machinery dealers are enjoying a boost in sales, according to figures from the Agricultural Engineers Association.
Sales of breeding stock have been boosted by the good weather and quick grass growth, according to Aberdeen and Northern Marts (ANM).
The unusual sight of vintage tractors playing football helped the Fettercairn Show pull in one of the largest crowds in its 200-year history.
Winter barley has historically made little impact on the Scottish malting market but that could be about to change, according to Dr Bill Thomas of the James Hutton Institute (JHI).
A Caithness farm has been unveiled as the venue for next year’s Highland Sheep event.
Scottish seed potato growers could soon be exporting to Kenya following the recommendation that three varieties be released into the country.
Future farm payments should be used to encourage arable farmers to diversify into horticulture in a bid to reduce trade deficits and encourage healthier eating, claims an expert in rural policy.
The new Hopetoun Horse Trials welcomed eventers back to its stunning venue over two days of competition.
The value of benchmarking in beef farming will be the focus of a monitor farm meeting in Moray next week.
Limousin breeders from across Scotland will gather in the north-east next weekend for the breed’s Scottish Grand Prix competition.
The Highland Pony Society’s breed show returns to the impressive grounds of Strathallan Castle, near Auchterarder, this weekend, and it looks set to be a spectacular affair.
Each month we ask a young farmer for their views on farming and rural youth.This month we caught up with Gemma Duguid
Scottish farmers have been promised more competitively-priced liquid fertilisers following the opening of a new 16,000-tonne mixing and storage plant at the Port of Dundee.
Scottish breeders were out in force at the inaugural Borderway Beauties sale of Suffolk females in Carlisle.
Organic farmers in Scotland must change how they engage with people about the way they produce food if other farmers, consumers and policy makers are to take the sector more seriously, it has been claimed.
The hot, dry weather is causing concern for cereals and potato producers in Scotland, but in parts of central Europe and Scandinavia farmers are warning of the catastrophic consequences of a severe drought.
More than 500 acres of prime agricultural land in Fife has been put on the market at offers of over £2,620,000.
Young people working in Scotland’s food and drink sector are being urged to submit nominations for a new award recognising talent and dedication.
A clampdown on rural crime has resulted in the cost of items stolen from farms falling by almost half over the past three years.
Pig slaughtering will grind to a standstill at Brechin abattoir on Monday when supplies of vital CO2 gas used in the stunning process run out.
Day two in the sheep rings saw the Texel section prove as busy as ever, with spectators crowding the ring to witness two north-east breeders claim the top awards.
Scottish scientists have developed pigs resistant to one of the industry’s most costly diseases.
The Scottish Government’s climate change ambitions and the wider anti-red meat lobby pose a bigger threat to the farming sector than Brexit, according to the chairman of the industry promotional body, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).
Future rural policy should put the environment and other public goods at the heart of farming and land management.
Central Scotland farmers have scooped the top awards in the James Hutton Institute’s (JHI) annual best soil competition.
UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove left the Royal Highland showground last night after spectacularly failing to give the Scottish farming industry the one key assurance it demanded - that the long-promised review into the allocation of £160 million of convergence funding would go ahead.
The husband and wife team of Colin and Izzy Laird had a day to remember at the Highland Show yesterday when Izzy’s Jersey cow took the interbreed title with Colin’s Holstein in reserve.
The Scottish red meat sector is weathering the storm of Brexit uncertainty and investing for the future.
Failure to address the ongoing decline in Scottish livestock numbers may result in smaller entries of animals at the Royal Highland Show in future years.
Sheep coupled support payments worth £7 million will start arriving in the bank accounts of farmers and crofters in the next few weeks.
A leading north-east commercial beef farm has been unveiled as the host for Scotland’s Beef Event 2019.
Farmers and crofters across the north and north-east of Scotland continued to make silage before the weather broke in the middle of the week.
An agricultural officer and a former agricultural lecturer have completed a 210-mile walk to raise funds for rural charity RSABI.
Inventive engineering is alive and well in agriculture judging by the latest crop of Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) innovation awards sponsored by Hillhouse Quarry Group.
A childhood obsession with Jacob sheep will reach its zenith for Fife breeder Mike Munro next week when he shows the cream of his Kinloch flock at the Royal Highland Show for the first time.
Place a bet on which new machines will grab the headlines after the Royal Highland Show and a new self-propelled diet feeder from Kverneland should be a safe enough punt.
Thanks to the incredible sunny weather of late, Nick is delighted to have his first-cut silage in and covered.
A pair of well-known faces on the agricultural show circuit is preparing to take a team of 10 commercial cattle to the Royal Highland Show next week.
Vets have raised concerns over the lack of information on how much meat is exported from the UK from animals that have not been stunned before slaughter.
Entries are open for this year’s Cairngorms Nature Farm Award.
A consultation on the future of the rural economy in Scotland was launched yesterday by the National Council of Rural Advisers (NCRA).
A record number of lambs were lost during the 2018 lambing season, according to the National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo).
First Milk has announced a price increase of 1.2ppl from July 1.
Leading farmers, vets and livestock health experts say the time has come to develop a scheme to control the sheep industry curse of ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA).
Silage-making is in full swing on farms and crofts across the north and north-east.
Highland Grain has evolved from a farmer-owned grain facility with capacity for 4,000 tonnes of barley to one bursting at the seams with storage for 40,000 tonnes.
New research from Aberdeen University has confirmed what many farmers already know - that they take risks because they put financial implications ahead of their personal safety.
Scottish seed potato growers are being urged to consider Cuba as an export destination for their produce.
Scottish researchers are leading a new study designed to improve British sheep genetics for the entire supply chain.
Crown Estate Scotland (CES) has defended its decision to sell a 278-acre tenanted farm on the Fochabers Estate.
Farmers, crofters and land managers submitted their Single Application Form online in record numbers this year.
One of Scotland’s main Claas dealerships, Sellars Agriculture, is expanding into the central belt.
One of Scotland’s leading agricultural bankers has told farmers to get their businesses “future fit” ahead of the UK’s exit from Europe.
More than 20 Scottish farmers will open their gates to the public on Sunday.
A shortage of seasonal workers may result in rotten crops and lost profits, as industry insiders say the government needs to allow non-EU workers into the UK.
Plans for the new members’ area at the Royal Highland Show have been revealed by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
A range of Aberdeenshire farms, land and woodland has been launched to the market by Galbraith.
Highland Cattle breeders descended on Forfar Mart for the East of Scotland Highland Cattle Club’s 25th anniversary show.
Aberdeen & Northern Marts (ANM) has appointed a new auctioneer and announced plans to train two existing members of staff in the art of auctioneering.
A list of 10 questions has been created for policymakers to highlight the unique challenges that face rural Scotland once the UK leaves the EU.
Each month we ask a young farmer for their views on farming and rural youth. This month we caught up with Steven Eddie from Vale of Alford JAC
A new breed record for a Beef Shorthorn cow and calf was set at the second part of the dispersal sale of Douglas McMillan’s Perthshire-based Coldrochie herd.
The Scottish farming sector needs to change to tackle the challenges posed by Brexit.
Muller has announced plans to increase its milk price at the start of next month.
A potential “doomsday scenario” lies ahead for Scotland’s sheep sector if the wrong deal is agreed in Brexit negotiations.
A well-known sheep industry stalwart from Dunblane was yesterday awarded the National Sheep Association (NSA) Scotland’s Silver Salver award.
Housing grants worth more than £300,000 have been awarded to nine crofters across the Highlands and islands.
Scottish breeders were out in force at the spring show and sale of Aberdeen-Angus cattle at Carlisle.
At the beginning of May the European Commission announced their new budget for 2020-2027 and it is clear that EU farmers will pay the price for the financial black hole left by Brexit.
Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is running a series of meetings to help farmers improve their grazing management.
Scottish land managers are among the sectors praised for making progress in meeting international nature targets.
More than 5,000 of the UK’s finest livestock will compete for rosettes, silverware and sashes at next month’s Royal Highland Show.
More than £3,700 was raised for charity at a stockjudging evening organised in memory of the late Press and Journal farming editor, Joe Watson.
The ambition to add a fifth berry crop to Scotland’s booming business in strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries has taken a major step forward with the creation of a new honeyberry knowledge transfer partnership between scientists and farmers.
The SNP Government’s anti-GM stance was yesterday condemned for helping to damage the interests of some of the world’s poorest people.
A new virtual Plant Health Centre has been launched to tackle problems that would previously have been worked on in many different sectors.
Access to land is the main barrier to new entrants to farming, claims a new report.
Focusing on the UK’s reputation for excellent animal welfare will help pig and poultry producers respond to the opportunities and challenges created by Brexit, according to sector experts.
This month in the farmhouse, we have been in full-on fete mode.
Livestock leaders of the UK’s farming unions are adamant that the UK Government must adopt a post-Brexit trade policy which prioritises tariff-free, frictionless access to European markets.
A 523-acre farm which overlooks the Firth of Tay has launched on the market at offers over £3 million.
While there is no legal requirement to source Scottish grain to produce Scotch whisky, most distilleries look to their homeland first for malting barley.
In uncertain times, taking stock can make good business sense.
A consultation on new legislation to tackle the growing problem of livestock worrying is being brought forward by a Highlands and Islands MSP.
An ambitious bid to turn Scotland’s £200million sheep industry into a £1 billion rural powerhouse has been launched by the National Sheep Association (NSA).
Protecting the integrity of the Scotch brand and encouraging more shoppers to opt for Scottish red meat lies at the heart of Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) new strategy for the next five years.
Perthshire breeder Bill Bruce led the charge at the Charolais spring show and sale at Carlisle.