Survey looks at staffing needs of Scottish farms

Strawberry picker Katie Jelem at Barra Berries in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire. Twelve months ago these strawberry pickers were forced to wear plastic bags over their feet because muddy fields were destroying their shoes. Now the 60 pickers at Barra Berries in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, are basking in sunshine as they collect a bumper batch of strawberries which have arrived in abundance thanks to the recent heatwave. With temperatures regularly reaching 25C in the town over the last few weeks, owner David Stephen reckons they will yield £300,000 from 100 tonnes of strawberries this year - a whopping 25% more than the total picked last term.See Northscot story 'BEERY GOOD'. 18/07/2013
Strawberry picker Katie Jelem at Barra Berries in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire. Twelve months ago these strawberry pickers were forced to wear plastic bags over their feet because muddy fields were destroying their shoes. Now the 60 pickers at Barra Berries in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, are basking in sunshine as they collect a bumper batch of strawberries which have arrived in abundance thanks to the recent heatwave. With temperatures regularly reaching 25C in the town over the last few weeks, owner David Stephen reckons they will yield £300,000 from 100 tonnes of strawberries this year - a whopping 25% more than the total picked last term.See Northscot story 'BEERY GOOD'. 18/07/2013

Breaking