• TRANSPORT OF livestock across Scotland is in danger of grinding to a halt unless changes can be made to the red tape constricting drivers.

  • A SCOTS young farmer who had a bad experience while working abroad has warned her peers to be cautious about selecting their farmer hosts, and avoid private arrangements in favour of stays organised through travel agents.

  • SCOTTISH farmland has been steadily increasing in value over the last five years, regardless of political and economic uncertainty.

  • SCOTLAND'S CROFTERS should this week be receiving the forms for the inaugural census required by new crofting legislation.

  • LIVESTOCK FARMERS in Holland are reporting nematode resistance to the 4-AD group of anthelmintics - and UK farmers have been warned to start heeding parasitologist advice or they will be next.

  • DUTCH SCIENTISTS are pioneering new technology that could see crops surviving being watered by diluted sea water.

  • NORTHERN IRISH farmers groups are lobbying for new legislation to guarantee that farmgate prices will cover both the cost of production and an inflation-linked profit margin.

  • FARMERS FOR Action leader David Handley this week asked budget retailer Iceland to explain why it had slashed the price of milk to 89p for four pints - and he did not like the reply.

  • HOPES THAT Scottish farmers excluded from the mainstream of agricultural support would be fast-tracked into full payments under the new area-based regime are fading, new entrants campaigner Jim Simmons has warned.

  • DESPITE THE difficult economic condition, exports of Scottish red meat have increased over the last year - and there is optimism that they can continue to do so.

  • FARMING LEADERS from four continents joined a debate on food security in Scotland last week - and had differing views on whether or not genetically modified crops are the answer.

  • Quality Meat Scotland has rewarded the two brothers behind a highly-respected French meat business for their longstanding loyalty and commitment to Scotch Lamb.

  • BRAZIL'S CERTIFIED Angus beef association is targeting the EU market for a major growth in sales over the next few years, backed by the marketing message that there is a new quality edge to Brazilian beef production.

  • FAMILY FARMERS from the Landworkers' Alliance took part in a stunt football match outside the Houses of Parliament this week - taking on bowler-hatted comedians intended to represent the moneymen of big agribusiness.

  • A SPOKESMAN for dairy farmers from Malawi told a Glasgow conference that those he represents are being harshly affected by climate change.

  • A YOUNG farmer has spoken of why her family decided to take a stand against supermarkets and become masters of their own supply chain.

  • SCOTTISH FARMERS and landowners are being advised that treasure found on their land may not necessarily mean a profit if it was not discovered by them.

  • POLICE ARE investigating the deliberate release of 60,000 gallons of slurry from an Ayrshire farm.

  • "AT TIMES of crisis, it is always easy to focus on blame.

  • AS FARMERS For Action stepped up its protests south of the Border this week, Scottish dairy farmers are to be asked their views as to whether such action is justified.