• THE PROPOSED acquisition of Dairy Crest's dairies operation by Müller Wiseman moved a step closer this week.

  • RELEASING LYNX into the UK countryside after more than 1300 years of extinction will pose a real threat to British livestock, the National Sheep Association has warned.

  • STRUGGLING UK farmers could receive Single Farm Payments this year as low as 68p to the euro, seriously reducing incomes once again.

  • RARE BREED farm animals from Tandragee, in Co Armagh, have been adding ancient authenticity to a variety of fantasy epics on the big and small screen in recent years.

  • THE FUTURE of the Scottish dairy industry could rest with a 25 point action plan launched by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.

  • A NEW generation of slipper farmers will be created as a result of Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead's 'capitulation' to the environmental lobby, the Scottish Beef Association has claimed.

  • HIGHLAND TWINS Francesca and Annastasia 1 of Hunters, so called because Stephen Hunter of Hunters Highlanders, Barnhill Farm, Allanton, Shotts, likes to refer to his wife Rosemary, and her crony, Catherine McKechnie, as 'Fran and Anna'.

  • A GATHERING of young crofters in Assynt last weekend attracted more than 90 attendees and has led to the formation of a group to progress some of the ideas raised at the meeting.

  • A MASSIVE forest is set to take shape in the Ochils near Stirling - one of the largest developments in Scotland in recent years.

  • BEAVERS ARE causing devastation to agricultural land and should instead be confined to non-food-producing areas.

  • "WE MUST not lose sight of the fact that the whole point of the Common Agricultural Policy is to support farming and food production.

  • SCOTTISH FARMERS aren't the only ones facing computer problems in their efforts to access the reformed CAP - the English Rural Payments Agency has admitted defeat and abandoned its 'online-only' payments system, throwing English farmers' applications into turmoil.

  • THIS CHUNKY Texel cross ewe lamb weighed in at 28lb.

  • LAND AGENTS were left floundering this week, when their role in the relationship between landlords and tenants came under the scrutiny of the Scottish Parliament's rural affairs committee - and was found wanting.

  • WHICHEVER party takes charge of Westminster in May must keep the pre-referendum promise to give Scotland a greater say in the UK's dealings with Europe.

  • A LEGAL challenge has ensured that area payments for common grazing land in England will only go to those who actually work the land - and the principle could be of benefit to Scottish crofters.

  • SEVENTY NEWBORN calves were rescued from a farm fire on Tuesday morning.

  • THE SCOTTISH Tenant Farmers Association is concerned that the proposed activity rules of the new Scottish CAP regime will be inadequate to prevent the creation of a new generation of slipper farmers.

  • AN ELDERLY farmer that died in a farm accident in County Down last Friday has been named as Richard Sharvin.

  • POTENTIAL PENALTIES incurred by farmers as they try to navigate their way around the new CAP are to be relaxed for its first two years, European agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan announced this week.