News

News

  • The late John Mattley’s extensive collection of agricultural books, pictures, and paintings went under the hammer last week as his family took the tough decision to sell the majority of a collection that took more than 30 years to create.

  • We’ve all got them – old plastic drums, empty mineral/feed buckets, jam jars, abused bikes, and clothes – that have long served their purpose and are now desperately seeking a new home rather than being recyled or worse still thrown in the skip.

  • Gourock Highland Games, now in its 59th year, once again marked the start of the Highland Games season in Scotland.

  • Here’s ones for the dads as well as the kids. The North East Model Farm and Construction show will be held at the Newmachar Axis Centre, at Newmachar, on Sunday, May 3, from 10am to 4pm.

  • Two West Lothian butchers had cause for celebration after picking up a plethora of awards at the 2015 British Pie Awards.

Features

Features

  • The veg’ garden has certainly been through the wars. I was concerned that as the soil was so cold I would need to stimulate germination by putting a polycloche over the carrot seeds.

  • The Scottish Farmer staff have, this week been busy creating art – of a fashion – for the TSF annual competition, and this year, in order to give the non bakers a chance, we decided we were going down the vegetable animal route.

  • Kilbarchan Show is scheduled to take place next Saturday, June 27, but for the first time in the last 71 years, there will be a show stalwart missing from the industrial tent.

  • Imagine the scene, you are a farmer in the North East of Scotland, you are most likely to have been born in the farm you are standing in.  Outside you have cattle, sheep, crops growing in the fields - and now you have an unexpected knock at the door; it is October 1943.

  • Some time ago I wrote in The Farmer about the threat of seropositive, pox ridden, grey squirrels encroaching into southern Scotland.  
    Different types of grants were and still are available for trapping and that helps somewhat in keeping the deadly greys at bay.  

Recipes

Recipes

  • Ayrshire’s iconic rolling fields of lush greenness heralds the most exciting milestone in our county’s farming timetable – the arrival of our Ayrshire early potatoes. 

  • Byam Trotter of Trotter’s Independent Condiments suggests a quick and tasty supper suggestion. 

  • Farmer’s markets around the Fife area are in full swing, offering farm fresh produce direct to the public.

  • Although lean and low in fat, there is no denying venison is packed full of flavour. Cooked slowly it makes for a great casserole the whole family can enjoy. Seriously Good Venison, who pride themselves on delivering delicious free range venison from the heart of Scotland to your door, have shared this warming venison casserole recipe with us.

  • A little of what you fancy does you good. Bear that in mind if you're still feeling a tad overwhelmed by all the guilt-inducing dietary advice which has stalked us since the end of our joyous Christmas feasting. Or gluttony.

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'

  • If you have a big occasion in your calendar this year, then this is the competition for you! You could win a £300 voucher toward your perfect outfit. Plus three runners up win a discount voucher, along with a day’s fun at a photoshoot.
    Full details in the latest issue of 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.

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