News

News

  • The Highland and Island are known for their fabulous seafish, but organisers of the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards (HIFDA) know that there are many fantastic producers in the north that should have their produce recognised across the industry.

  • This weekend, Kerry Barr, a farmer’s daughter from Easter Kinleith Farm, in Currie, and also regional manager for NFUS’ Lothian and Borders region, will take her place in the line up at the Curling World Championships in New Brunswick, in Canada.

  • A TOTAL of 18 agricultural employees – who have accumulated an amazing 729 years of service between them – were honoured at a biannual lunch held by the Border Union Agricultural Society last week, where they received their long service awards from the RHASS.

  • By William Millership

    Last year at The Royal Highland Education Trust was the busiest since our foundation in 1999. In total, 2013 saw RHET host 746 farm visits, 1128 classroom speakers, launch the first national RHET week and host a variety of education programmes, all of which reached more than 70,000 Scottish school pupils. So far this year the pace hasn’t slowed down! 

  • By Karen Carruth

    New to the market are these DIY Scotch pie kits, and this week sees the launch of the Haggis pie kit just in time to celebrate Burns season.

Features

Features

  • Few sights can be more fascinating in falconry than watching a giant vulture as it glides effortlessly in a public display. 

  • The buttered pancake is so fresh that the butter is slowing melting over the side. The tea cosy is on the tea-pot and the sugar dish and milk jug is arranged perfectly on a tray. Teacup is on the saucer and there is an extra plate of biscuits ... just in case.

  • When I think of a log home, I imagine something that has been built lovingly by hand, each log having been carved to fit snugly, the wonderful pine, woody, smell to linger for years upon entry and to be surrounded by cosiness throughout our winter weather.

  • What a lovely idea. You can create your own wedding stationary on seeded paper that can then be easily planted to create a display of wildflowers.

  • By Alison Mann

    From a high flying career in the Army to creating intricate wedding cakes, Sheila Jones is now enjoying a very different lifestyle by following her passion for baking and cake decorating.

Recipes

Recipes

  • Pancakes are very easy to make and taste great.

  • What could be more tempting with a cup of tea, than freshly made fruit tea loaf.  Helen Wilson has supplied this easy recipe.

  • SCOTTISH BUTCHERS are gearing up for a busy bank holiday barbecue weekend – despite weather forecasts ranging from sunshine to snow!

  • Susan Brown, Boyach Farm, Isle of Whithorn, contacted The Scottish Farmer to say that she missed the reader's recipes that we used to feature.

Yesteryear

Yesteryear

  • By Alison Mann

    IN FEBRUARY, 1989, Prince Charles’ appeal to farmers to abandon chemical-based intensive cropping methods in favour of natural organic husbandry sparked a rush from amateur gardeners for natural plant foods, chemical-free composts and manures made from cow manure, claimed a supplier. Andrew Ratcliffe, of Tonbridge-based Stimgro, said the prince’s speech seemed to have persuaded  many previously undecided gardners to try organic methods.

  • By Alison Mann
    It was announced in 1989 the potato collection which won its way into the Guiness Book of Records was to be kept going, though on a limited scale. At its peak, Donald MacLean, Dornock Farm, Crieff, had around 400 varieties of potato, but had scaled down the collection considerably before his death in October 1988. Mrs MacLean told The Scottish Farmer that she indeded to keep around 200 of the varieties on the farm, and felt it was an appropriate memorial to her husband’s life-long interests.

  • A MORAYSHIRE farmer got a fright when he found a live hand grenade in his field in 2003. Alan Watson, who found the grenade while grading potatoes at his farm near Keith, tapped it against a wooden boc, thinking it was just a dirty spud. “When the earth fell off it, I realised my mistake,’ said Mr Watson. “I just put it down and got clear of the area. I’m glad I didn’t tap it too hard.”

  • – In 1987, a top price of 7500gns was paid for a five-month-old imported Angora buck, being purchased by Anne Bell, East Lothian.

Queue 'Lifestyle: Country Lifestyle Scotland'

Queue 'Lifestyle: Country Lifestyle Scotland'

  • We approach two garden sheds with the doors wide open, and from inside there emanates a racket that gives the impression of some fairly robust sawing and hammering. Along with the haze of sawdust that fills the air and has settled on most of the lawn, it is clear that there is some energetic woodwork going on inside.

  • By Karen Carruth
    Photographs: Rob Haining

    When you look closely at one of Victoria Kerr’s paintings, you begin to question whether it is a painting or a photograph. The detail is exquisite, and you can only imagine that there must be a great love of the subject to produce such results.

  • By Alison Mann
    Photographs: Jacqueline Adamson

    IT ALL started from a simple idea to make better use of lesser used cuts of meat, but now Mr C’s pies is an award-winning pie company supplying pies to some of the top places in Scotland.

  • By Karen Carruth

    It is inspiring to meet people who have set goals in their life and are working towards them at a pace. However, as Pippa Davie will testify with a shake of her head: “Do we have to reach them all in the one year?”
    It is all happening at Perkhill Estates, with their Aberdeen-Angus herd building up nicely, and their three holiday cottages attracting a high occupancy rate.

  • For many artisan producers, receiving awards and achieving recognition from chefs within your first year may seem like something of a dream come true but for Robert Mackenzie and his Ross-shire based Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil, that situation is very much a reality

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