• Not quantity but quality as William Seaton from Seaton Bros Contracting bales Italian Rye Grass at Meikle Busbie Farm near Ardrossan on Monday Ref :RH20041501

  • Kilmaurs Show calf class is always a great crowd puller and this year was no exception.

  • LANDOWNERS exploring 'rent a cow' deals to make their land eligible for Less Favoured Area payments under Scotland's reformed CAP had better think again, because amongst all the uncertainties of the new rules, the barriers to such "appalling" loophole jumping stand out as a beacon of certainty - it won't be allowed.

  • BUTE'S DAIRY farmers are looking to hop aboard the 'free range' milk bandwagon to add value to their production.

  • TAYSIDE FARMERS have met with Scottish environment minister Aileen McLeod to highlight their concerns about the impact of the area's burgeoning escaped beaver population.

  • ONE OF the biggest milk producers in South-west Scotland is changing his system in a bid to get to grips with market forces, writes Douglas MacSkimming.

  • SCOTLAND'S DAIRY sector could benefit from country of origin labelling, it has been claimed.

  • ESTATE AGENCY Savills has announced a proposed acquisition of Smiths Gore in a bid to expand its rural and residential property services.

  • SCOTLAND'S MEAT industry could be a bigger player on the world market - but it will need a bigger, more consistent supply of stock if it is to carve out and keep a valuable, viable international presence.

  • William Lennox, of Netherholm Farm, Strathaven, presenting a cheque for £11,571.13 to Angela McCormack area manager for Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • SCOTLAND'S MAIN farming organisations joined forces this week to highlight how the lack of 'robust activity requirements' is allowing non-producing landowners to claim the new Basic Payment Scheme support cash on seasonally let land.

  • A NEW report from the European Union has found that widespread use of neonicotinoids has negative effects on a whole range of organisms involved in pollination, not just honey bees.

  • THE SAGA surrounding Stirling-based Cally marts concluded this week with the rubber-stamping of a deal to acquire the business and assets by local cattle dealers, John, Brian and Steven Gilvear.

  • BEEF PRODUCERS have been facing a slump in prices recently but red meat body Quality Meat Scotland is keen for the industry to keep a positive outlook.

  • ABERDEENSHIRE'S famous Blelack pedigree livestock enterprise is up for sale.

  • SCOTTISH FARMERS should receive their share of the £12million European Commission CAP reimbursement in May.

  • Maize variety Marco being drilled into a warm moist seed bed at 8.2 degrees Celcius.

  • EFFORTS TO rekindle UK consumers' passion for potatoes are to employ the spirit of the Blitz, urging shoppers to remember the root that got them through World War 2.

  • To ALL intents and purposes Alastair and Janet Taylor are the ideal new entrants - young, building up a farm, living in a rural community and working hard to make their business a success.

  • A STORM is brewing over the move by Stirling-based United Auctions to switch around some key sale dates later this year.