WITH SUPPORT payments to Scottish farmers still trickling out painfully slowly, rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has this week deployed extra staff to the job and instructed that applications be processed seven days a week.
LAND REFORM remained at the top of the Scottish political agenda this week, fuelling feverish exchanges between all sides of rural industry and ever-escalating claims of the awful consequences that would follow if either side gets its way.
RECENT independent market research highlights the increasing importance of quality assurance schemes in building British and Scottish consumer trust in red meat brands, delegates heard this week at Quality Meat Scotland's 'Building business success' marketing conference.
INDEPENDANT dairy consultant, Hugh Kerr, has joined forces with the feed company, Harbro, in a bid to help dairy farmers gain access to progressive nutritional solutions, combined with best practice and modern technology.
THE task of placing around 7000 head of the country's top cattle, sheep, horses, goats and poultry at the 2016 Royal Highland Show will be in the hands of 48 judges from Scotland, 49 from England, eight from Wales, six from Northern Ireland and one from the Republic of Ireland.
DUMFRIESSHIRE Bluefaced Leicester breeder, Alison Bastian, who owns the Rowandale flock at Cairnhall, Auldgirth, made her presence felt at a female breed sale at Hawes, when she bought the top priced lot at £5600.
SWALEDALE females hit a top of £2800 at an association show and sale at Hawes Auction Mart, last weekend, when the third prize gimmer from John and Ben Richardson, Ghyll House, Appleby, sold to Owlands, Hurst, Richmond.