• FOLLOWING THE sudden death of John Broadfoot, general manager at Stirling's Caledonian Marts, the company has confirmed that senior auctioneer John Kyle has been appointed as interim general manager.

  • SCOTLAND IS set to enter the world of electronic cattle grading next month.

  • A TOTAL of 47 tractors completed a recent tractor run hosted by the Perthshire branch of NFUS, which was celebrating its 10th anniversary.

  • A NEW raspberry variety was debuted in front of a large number of soft fruit growers, agronomists and representatives of the fruit and drink industry at last week's Fruit of the Future event at the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie.

  • AN OUTBREAK of American foulbrood, a disease affecting colonies of honey bees, has been found in an apiary in the Tarland area of Aberdeenshire.

  • RENOWNED SIMMENTAL cattle breeder, Billy Macpherson of Blackford Farm, Croy, is the 2014 recipient of the Sir William Young Award, one of the livestock industry's most prestigious prizes.

  • RURAL PEOPLE from Dumfries and Galloway area have been invited to attend a debate on the independence referendum on Tuesday, July 29, to be held at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas.

  • BUS COMPANY First is among several businesses sponsoring a Clydesdale horse sculpture as part of this summer's 'Ready, Steady, Gallop!' public art exhibition in Hamilton.

  • WITH SCOTLAND'S independence referendum just two months away, the property sector is gripped by the uncertainty that it is causing.

  • RURAL WORKERS not only face the greatest danger of injury as they go about their business, but if a serious accident does happen, they must pin their hopes on help from emergency services which are both distant and unfamiliar with local geography.

  • GETTING RURAL areas better connected transcends the independence debate and should be a focus for telecoms companies regardless of the referendum result.

  • NEW RESEARCH has suggested that game shooting brings £200million a year to the Scottish economy and provides the equivalent of 8800 full-time jobs.

  • SCOTLAND'S GROUSE season should certainly be as good, if not better, than last year's.

  • SCOTLAND'S FARMERS are being urged to show extra consideration whilst driving large machinery on public roads during the summer.

  • The Scotch Beef Farm of the Year award is now approaching entry deadline, July 24, and farmers and those in rural industry are being encouraged to enter or nominate beef producers who are showcasing and developing best practice.

  • AS SCOTLAND'S combine harvesters start to roll, thousands of farmers are still in the dark over how they are expected to follow the new EU greening rules that will apply to the next crop they sow.

  • THE ROYAL Agricultural Society of England raised almost £500,000 by auctioning off historic items from Stoneleigh Park last week.

  • DEFRA'S 'REVOLVING door' has been turning again as part of the shake-up to Westminster's coalition Cabinet.

  • YEARS OF argument over the claimed health benefits of organic food may finally have been laid to rest, with the publication of a new study emphatically finding evidence in their favour.

  • A TELEPHONE survey of 1000 randomly chosen tenant farmers is to be conducted by the Scottish Government next week, as part of its comprehensive survey of the tenanted sector.