• POLICE SCOTLAND chose its words poorly last weekend, and sparked anger on both sides of the unresolved row over the poisoning of 22 raptors at Conon Bridge, Ross-shire in the spring of this year.

  • FIRST MILK has secured a national listing for its Lake District Dairy's 'Quark' range with leading foodservice supplier, Brakes.

  • WEIGHT AND speed limits on agricultural tractors and trailers travelling on public roads are set to be raised in the spring of next year.

  • REPORTS DETAILING pesticide usage in Scotland were published this week by the Chief Statistician.

  • A NEW network has been launched to encourage farmers to breed and save their own seed.

  • THE FUTURE direction of the Scottish dairy sector will be debated at next month's AgriScot event, being staged on Wednesday, November 19, at Ingliston.

  • A LONG-AWAITED EU report on fairness in the food chain has been dismissed as 'fine words and flannel'by Scotland's only representative on the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee.

  • BRITISH CHAROLAIS Cattle Society members have been warned that a fraudster is actively targeting breeders with a mail order semen scam.

  • GLENLUCE VINTAGE Tractors held a thirty mile road run in late August, with forty two tractors taking part.

  • SEVEN CHARITIES have benefited to the tune of £25,000 as a result of charitable donations made by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society.

  • A SHEEPDOG was stolen from a farm near Cockburnspath, in the Scottish Borders, on Saturday evening, and Police have appealed for any potential witnesses to come forward.

  • 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.