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Cost control – Are your cows milking it?

Cost control – Are your cows milking it?

With soaring input costs threatening the bottom line of many businesses, farmers are reminded that every cow in the milking herd must be able to justify her position. SAC Consulting is encouraging farmers to take a targeted approach to rising fertiliser and feed costs...

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Scottish butchers crowned best in UK

Scottish butchers crowned best in UK

Lanarkshire-based butcher S Collins & Son, has been crowned Butcher Shop of the Year, fending off stiff competition from across the UK, to take home the prestigious national title. The Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards took place at the Farm Shop and Deli Show in...

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Seeing Scotland from the saddle

Seeing Scotland from the saddle

As travellers look for nature-based, sustainable holidays again this year, Scotland’s customised travel experts, Spirit Journeys, introduce three self-guided cycling holidays on some of Scotland’s less biked routes. Spirit Journeys Worldwide has a strong focus on...

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Trust in tech at T1

Trust in tech at T1

After the 2021 season, when following xarvio’s disease and spray window alerts would have further optimised the fungicide programme, Yorkshire grower, Pat Thornton, is turning to the decision support tool to help optimise his 2022 T1 timings. “Last year, I walked the...

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Lights, Camera, Action: QMS searches for The Scotch Farm Factor

Lights, Camera, Action: QMS searches for The Scotch Farm Factor

In line with changing consumer trends and building upon recent and highly successful digital marketing campaigns, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS)’s ‘Farm Kid Diaries’ are set to return for a third season after an exciting new makeover. Relaunched as ‘The Scotch Farm...

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Seasonal lift in demand leading to rebound in sheep prices

Seasonal lift in demand leading to rebound in sheep prices

After slipping back in February at Scottish auctions, finished hogg prices recovered through March and opened April at their highest level since the festive period, according to the latest market commentary from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). In the week to April 6th,...

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Day two of BSAVA Congress delights delegates in Manchester

Day two of BSAVA Congress delights delegates in Manchester

Congress community came together for a second day of science, experience and discussion. While there were many highlights throughout the day, organisers had to use an overflow room at Manchester Central to accommodate the volume of delegates wanting to watch pain...

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New era for BSAVA Congress gets underway in Manchester

New era for BSAVA Congress gets underway in Manchester

British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) welcomed veterinary professionals from across the UK and beyond when it threw open the doors at Manchester Central this morning. The organisation’s commitment to its community permeated the event, with wellbeing...

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How hungry is your soil?

How hungry is your soil?

Organisers of LEAF Open Farm Sunday, Linking Environment And Farming, are encouraging farmers to plant their cotton ‘pants’ now to demonstrate to visitors in June the importance of soil management in agriculture, and the role of microorganisms in maintaining its...

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Agronomy Co-op appoints new board members and seeks new MD

Agronomy Co-op appoints new board members and seeks new MD

Scottish Agronomy, Scotland’s leading independent agronomy advisory service, has announced the appointment of two new members to its board. Amy Geddes is a fourth-generation farmer at Wester Braikie Farms near Arbroath. With 320ha of potatoes, barley, winter oilseed...

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Win a trip to France with the BASF Innovation Offer

Win a trip to France with the BASF Innovation Offer

From seeds to baguettes, breeding, growing, milling and exports, 25 growers will have the chance to win a trip to France this November to learn more about the nation’s wheat production, R&D and plant breeding. The trip will commence in Paris where the group will...

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The war in Ukraine and potential red meat market impact

The war in Ukraine and potential red meat market impact

After two years of market volatility caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, some may have hoped for a quieter 2022, characterised by greater certainty.  However, the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February has led to renewed market turbulence across the red...

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Nutrition sets the scene for lambing success

Nutrition sets the scene for lambing success

Sheep farmers are being urged to prioritise nutrition ahead of lambing, to increase flock productivity and reduce lamb losses. SAC Consulting held three webinars in the run up to the lambing season, featuring advice and experiences from farmers, specialists, and vets...

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Farm of the Future: Journey to Net Zero

Farm of the Future: Journey to Net Zero

The Royal Agricultural Society of England’s report Farm of the Future: Journey to Net Zero was launched today, 8th March, at the Low Carbon Agricultural Show. The report follows a COP26 policy brief that was published by the organisation in October 2021. The Farm of...

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The Crown effect triggers new tourism trail in East Cairngorms

The Crown effect triggers new tourism trail in East Cairngorms

Popular Netflix series, The Crown, has boosted visitor numbers to Scotland’s East Cairngorms, the home to the royal family’s Scottish seat, Balmoral Castle, according to local tourism guides. Ballater Business Association (BBA) and Braemar Tourism Group (BTG) has...

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Light at the end of the tunnel for the Scottish pig industry

Light at the end of the tunnel for the Scottish pig industry

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) welcomes the announcement that Quality Pork Processers Ltd has been acquired by Browns Food Group.  The acquisition will provide the platform to build a stronger future for the Scottish pig industry. The meat manufacturer, Browns, which...

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Responding to growing pressure

Responding to growing pressure

Pressure to optimise crop nutrition is growing.  Rising prices makes nutrient losses through run off, volatisation and nitrate leaching not just harmful to the environment, but increasingly damaging to the bottom line. Richard Orr, Monitor Farmer in Northern Ireland,...

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BSAVA Congress 2022 tickets go on sale

BSAVA Congress 2022 tickets go on sale

Tickets to Europe’s largest small animal veterinary event have gone on sale, with early bird discounts for those that register before 17th February 2022. With a new structure to the programme, free practicals for onsite delegates, immersive “a day in the life of…”...

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OFC launches ground-breaking reports on natural capital

OFC launches ground-breaking reports on natural capital

Two timely reports focused on quantifying, qualifying and ensuring good governance in the trading of natural capital and carbon, were launched today, 5 January, at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC). The two-part report, commissioned and funded by the WWF and Tesco...

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East Cairngorms on track to be leading adventure destination

East Cairngorms on track to be leading adventure destination

A focus on adventure tourism is making the East Cairngorms one of the most popular destinations in the UK for mountain biking. The adventure tourism community’s best-kept secret, the area has seen a surge in people of all abilities, due to the surge in e-bike sales,...

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Be bolder with stewardship schemes

Be bolder with stewardship schemes

Unusually there was agreement between an AHDB Monitor Farmer, an agribusiness consultant and the Defra Deputy Director of Policy, Engagement and Strategy Jonathan Baker, Countryside Stewardship Schemes can hedge against the loss of BPS. The Northampton Monitor Farm...

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How to make the most of your muck

How to make the most of your muck

By Michelle Nuttall, AHDB Knowledge Exchange Manager Given soaring fertiliser prices and tightening regulations, it was timely to host a practical webinar on how to make the most of muck. At £451/ha in saved fertiliser cost for every 40t of cattle muck applied, the...

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Mission Sustain game launched by QMS

Mission Sustain game launched by QMS

Capitalising on the messages from COP26, Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Health & Education team has launched Mission Sustain, a game designed to encourage young people to engage in discussion around sustainability in Scottish farming. The free interactive resource...

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Oxford Farming Conference Inspire bursary delegates revealed

Oxford Farming Conference Inspire bursary delegates revealed

Eighteen progressive people from the agrifood industry have been awarded fully funded places to attend the Oxford Farming Conference which runs from 5 - 7 January 2022. The ‘Inspire’ programme targeted at 30 - 45 year olds replaces the Emerging Leaders initiative...

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Get your bake on!

Get your bake on!

Join BASF and KWS in Britain’s first farming bake off BASF and KWS have accepted a grower’s challenge and so the first British Farming Bake Off begins on 1st November with the two companies donating to Fareshare.  Fareshare, fights hunger and poverty in the UK and...

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Is automation the future of farming’s workforce?

Is automation the future of farming’s workforce?

The Oxford Farming Conference’s (OFC) Bitesize series provides a platform for vibrant discussion on the biggest issues facing the agricultural industry. The more recent bitesize, held in partnership with the Institute for Agriculture Management (IAgrM), focused on the...

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Every Step Counts in second year of rural fundraiser

Every Step Counts in second year of rural fundraiser

Organisers of the mental health fundraiser, Run1000, are looking to set a new record in January 2022, when the initiative will return for the battle of the nations across the UK and, for the first time, New Zealand. Launched in 2021 by founder Sheena Horner, who...

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A new President for breed society

A new President for breed society

Sue Martyn of Hornacott Barton Farm has been appointed President of the Border Leicester Sheep Society, following previous marketing and convenor roles within the council. Based in Cornwall and having dedicated 34 years to the breed, Sue currently has 25 Border...

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BSAVA announces new format for Congress 2022

BSAVA announces new format for Congress 2022

BSAVA has announced that their annual Congress will be held as a hybrid event for 2022. The live event is due to be held on Thursday 24th March – Saturday 26th March in Manchester, with the opportunity for delegates to also attend online through an interactive virtual...

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It’s time to return to Oxford

It’s time to return to Oxford

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) has launched its programme for the 2022 event which will return to the Examination Halls at Oxford University in January, with tickets now on sale. The Conference, which takes place from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th January 2022,...

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Strong against weeds together this autumn

Strong against weeds together this autumn

Listeners of BASF’s latest podcast, ‘Strong against weeds together’, hear industry-leaders discuss their hopes and fears around weed control, IPM and resistance management. Cereal herbicide campaign manager at BASF, Ali Richards, hosts the first episode where NIAB’s...

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Tough test for Enervin SC at Eurofins

Tough test for Enervin SC at Eurofins

With susceptible crops, irrigated and inoculated with the most virulent strains, Eurofins is one of the toughest tests for crop protection products. BASF’s portfolio of fungicides, however, rose to the challenge with its existing products, Enervin SC and Percos, both...

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New face-to-face meetings will help farmers weather the storm

New face-to-face meetings will help farmers weather the storm

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is relaunching their Sustainable Red Meat Action and Young Producer Groups with a series of free on-farm events. Members of the groups are invited to attend the introductory meetings, with a small number of places still available, which...

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Wealth of new content on BASF’s Virtual Farm

Wealth of new content on BASF’s Virtual Farm

Growers and agronomists took refuge from the heatwave earlier this month and logged on to the BASF’s Virtual Farm to explore newly uploaded virtual trials, watch live webinars and explore the site’s new look. Throughout ‘Digital Demo Week’, BASF showcased a wide range...

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Are family farms fit for the future?

Are family farms fit for the future?

Examining whether family farms are fit for the future, panellists at the recent Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) Bitesize webinar on Thursday 5 August explored their routes to resilience. The session, which was held in partnership with Nuffield Farming Scholarships, is...

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Alternaria risk is rising

Alternaria risk is rising

Alternaria used to be a minor disease. But for some potato crops in the UK, it's now a significant threat that can cause substantial yield loss.  According to guests of the latest ‘Perfecting Potatoes Together’ podcast, the likelihood of infection has risen sharply in...

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Ringlink Services invests in new training facility

Ringlink Services invests in new training facility

Based in Laurencekirk in the North East of Scotland, Ringlink Services has been delivering training for over twenty-five years to an extremely diverse customer base throughout Scotland and the wider UK. Training remains one of the most crucial elements in maintaining...

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