• What is the collective noun for a bunch of grumpy agricultural journalists? Whatever it is, I am surrounded by it this week, as we come to terms with being beaten by one point by the National Farmers Union at the annual Kilbarchan Show cake competition.

  • The show down of the QMS cook off was billed as a Farming Media Head to Head, with The Scottish Farmer and Farmers Guardian taking part, and it proved to be great fun for both the ‘chefs’ and the audience.

  • The handcrafts marquee was as busy as ever this year, with visitors streaming in daily to look at the stunning level of expertise exhibited, all under this year’s theme, which was ‘nature’.

  • 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.

  • It’s Burns Day today, January 25, and if you aren’t the type to address the haggis or listen to an immortal memory at a traditional Burns supper, you can still mark the day with these Burns-inspired accessories.

  • By Karen Carruth

    Lamont City Farm, in Erskine, has put out a plea to the farming community to lend a hand to a small farm in need.
    Battered by the recent storms, the farm has suffered substantial roof damage and has had to close its doors until it is deemed safe to allow visitors back. And that means finding the funds to do the necessary repairs without the income that visitors bring.