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.
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 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.
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!