News

News

  • CRIME WRITER farmer James Oswald is to expand his Highland cattle herd after securing a new three book publishing deal with Penguin.

  • Langholm Show was the chosen venue for the Dumfries and Galloway region sheep young handler decider and it proved a tough competition to judge, with all the competitors showing stocksman skills far beyond their age.

  • Food lovers were offered a treat last weekend with the inaugural show of Eat Drink Discover Scotland, an event showcasing the diversity of food and drink on offer from Scottish producers.

  • MORE than 20 teams of four, plus their staunch support drivers and cheerers on, flocked to the Highlands last week to take part in the 63km RSABI Great Glen Challenge, sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers solicitors, which ran from Invermoriston to Neptune's Staircase at Fort William.

  • Would you like to get married in 2014? Now is your chance to take part in the BAFTA award nominated BBC series, ‘Don’t tell the bride’

Features

Features

  • The annual AgriScot event  was held this week, and the voice of the event, Jack Lawson, was collared for a chat by The SF at his home in Paisley, to take his long overdue turn at the Still Game questions.
    Now in his 35th year as dairy commentator at the old RHAS Winter Fair, DairyScot and latterly AgriScot, he is also in his 29th year as a commentator at the Royal Ulster Winter Fair.
    The son of a dairy farmer, Jack was head of the Scottish Milk Marketing Board Breeding services, as well as being the head of Cattle Livestock Services, and Secretary of the World Federation of Ayrshire Breed Societies, which took him all over the world.

  • Victoria Johnston, aged 12, from  Clogher, Co Tyrone, N Ireland, tells us a few of her top handling tips.

  • Seaweed! Wonderful soil conditioner for the garden and also makes a good tonic hair shampoo (if you have any) but to a fisherman, like myself, seaweed is a curse.

  • Crofters are a special breed of people, I’ve always thought. Hard working, inventive, and passionate about what they do.

  • Few days out can conjure up nostalgic memories like a cruise on the paddle steamer PS Waverley.  This ship is a sole relic of a bygone era of paddle steam cruising on the Clyde. 

Recipes

Recipes

  • A warm potato salad, using Greek Yoghurt instead of full fat mayo!

  • by Helen Cross

  • Haggis doesn’t have the best reputation, not even in Scotland.  To find out just how much – or how little – haggis’ popularity has wavered over the years, Sykes Cottages, a UK-based holiday lettings agency, commissioned a YouGov survey asking how likely people would be to try this time-honoured Scotch staple.
    The survey found that almost two thirds of respondents wouldn’t try a haggis dish if they saw it on a menu in a restaurant. What? Why?
     

  • By Helen Cross

    People largely associate salads with diets and lettuce leaves. This doesn’t have to be the case, although, yes, they can be full of goodness and that’s no bad thing.

  • Pancakes are very easy to make and taste great.

Yesteryear

Yesteryear

  • Taking a look back at what was happening in the agricultural world over the last 100 years.

  • 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.”

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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