• TO COINCIDE with the 15th anniversary of the UK's foot-and-mouth disease crisis, two Gloucestershire farmers are launching what they describe as the country's first universal food traceability scheme.

  • A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with hare coursing following a Police Scotland wildlife crime investigation.

  • THE RSPCA has launched a video which promotes the use of their free-range, RSPCA assured eggs.

  • PORT OF Menteith farmer Mark Donald has been elected as chairman of NFU Scotland's New Generation Committee.

  • MORAG BROWN from Hilton of Culsh, New Deer, is the latest SRUC student to win a Norvite scholarship as part of the partnership between the company and college.

  • THE ROYAL Northern Agricultural Society's latest on-farm event is set to attract thousands of country lovers to a family day out at Uppermill Farm, Kintore, Aberdeenshire, on Sunday, May 29, and the following day when school parties are being invited to visit the farm.

  • SCOTLAND'S FARMERS are asking the public to avoid the use of sky lanterns during their Chinese New Year celebrations.

  • WITH JUST three weeks left to enter the world-famous British Pie Awards 2016, Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI have been confirmed as event sponsors for the eighth consecutive year.

  • RURAL INSURER NFU Mutual has warned that livestock worrying by dogs is on the increase.

  • MCDONALD'S UK has entered into a partnership with the Nuffield Farming Trust to create a new McDonald's Nuffield Farming Scholarship.

  • A WEST Calder farmer has been left shocked after one of his ewes was shot sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

  • FOUR WEEKS into a new Basic Payment Scheme year and, to the dismay of NFU Scotland, the Scottish Government has yet to provide farmers with satisfactory updated guidance on greening.

  • AFTER THE recent wet spell, ploughing work resumed this week.

  • TESCO HAS unleashed a 200 million litre tsunami of milk onto the UK's already over-supplied market, by taking away dairy co-op Arla's share of its liquid milk business and giving it all to privately-owned processor Muller.

  • ALISTAIR EWAN, an "inspirational figure" in Scottish agriculture's vegetable sector, has been presented with the Ed Rainy Brown Memorial Award for 2016.

  • BLACK ISLE Show is under fire from horse exhibitors over its plans to remove the light-legged horse show from its schedule.

  • A FEASIBILITY study is currently underway which could determine the future of First Milk's Campbeltown Creamery.

  • SCOTTISH fencing machinery manufacturer, Bryce Suma, has won yet another award at the LAMMA machinery show, this time for its unique hydraulically swung rockspike.

  • WITH SUPPORT payments to Scottish farmers still trickling out painfully slowly, rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has this week deployed extra staff to the job and instructed that applications be processed seven days a week.

  • LAND REFORM remained at the top of the Scottish political agenda this week, fuelling feverish exchanges between all sides of rural industry and ever-escalating claims of the awful consequences that would follow if either side gets its way.