• DAIRY FARMERS supplying First Milk have been dealt a body blow with the co-op announcing a cut of 3p per litre for both its liquid and manufacturing pools from October 1.

  • SIR, - You published recently the thoughts of the four former NFUS presidents and their backing for the 'Yes' campaign.

  • THERE IS strong political support for major land reform in Scotland - but politicians pressing for the redistribution of land may not have thought through the "unintended consequences" for the country's field sports sector.

  • ORKNEY FARMERS will have the chance to get involved in the independence debate, as NFU Scotland takes its pre-referendum roadshow north next week.

  • BROTHERS BRUCE and George Walker, of Newton of Lewesk and Auchentarph, Old Rayne, Aberdeenshire, are this year's winners of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society's competition for the best growing cereal crop.

  • SANDIE KYDD is the new poster girl of the Scottish game sector, taking a starring role in a new charity calendar highlighting the female workers making their presence felt in a previously male-dominated industry.

  • MILK PRICES are teetering on a precipice, with fears that farmgate returns to producers could drop as low as 25p a litre by Christmas.

  • EUROPEAN FARMERS are campaigning in Brussels for extra support following Russia's ban on EU agricultural exports.

  • SCOTLAND'S ARABLE sector has already begun planting crops that will be harvested under the new Common Agricultural Policy regime - but has still not been told all the detail of ScotGov's plan to implement the EU's 'greening' measures.

  • SCOTLAND'S CEREAL harvest is proving to be a mixed bag, with some areas enjoying their earliest cut in memory, while others are still being held back by ground conditions ruined by the tail end of Hurricane Bertha.

  • FARMERS HAVE been asked to contribute to a nationwide dung sample survey investigating the prevalence of E.coli 0157 in cattle.

  • FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond is to speak at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists 2014 Congress in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, on September 7 - just 11 days ahead of the Scottish Independence Referendum.

  • WELL KNOWN pedigree and commercial beef and sheep producers Neale and Janet McQuistin, of High Airyolland, New Luce, Newton Stewart, will be hosting an open day this week to highlight the potential value of the Whitebred Shorthorn to the Scottish beef sector.

  • TWO FARMS are being offered for rent at Roxburghe Estates on long-term tenancies.

  • TENANTS HAVE been selected for ScotGov's first starter farm.

  • A HIGH profile panel of speakers has been confirmed for an Independence Referendum debate being hosted by the Clydesdale, Avon and Nethan branches of NFUS this Wednesday (August 27).

  • The 125,000gns Limousin heifer, Glenrock Illusion, selling for a new breed record and indeed a new world record beef price through the ring at on Friday!

  • THE CAMPAIGN for a rural No vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum this week responded like-for-like to last week's Yes campaign endorsement by four former presidents of the National Farmers Union Scotland.

  • FIRST MILK has suffered a double whammy this month, losing a high profile producer to Muller-Wiseman and having two of its innovative new added-value products lose their supermarket listings.

  • A MOVE to beef up Scotland's beef sector was launched this week, with a 23-point action plan drawn up by an industry expert group led by Quality Meat Scotland chairman Jim McLaren.