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  • WITH NEW environmental controls coming to bear - and the cost of artificial fertilisers through the roof - how Scottish farmers collect, store and use livestock slurry is more important than ever. But is the system of financial support for the construction of new slurry infrastructure up to the task? This week we answer that question...;
  • Scotland's fantastic seed potatoes are currently in limbo, barred from export to the European Union for as long as Westminster and Brussels cannot agree on mutually acceptable phytosanitary standards – and this week we learn that Republic of Ireland growers are aiming to fill the market vacuum created by this stand off;
  • There is great news for farming tenants of the Crown Estate, as its unilateral efforts to turn tenancies into farm ownerships gathers pace. The whole sector is watching developments, in the hope that a precedent is being set for a wider wave of landlords selling to secure tenants;
  • Have you seen a wild boar in the Scottish countryside yet? It is possible there are already thousands of the species loose out there – and this week we hear from a German hunter with experience of dealing with these formidable animals
  • Farmer's View columnist John Elliot eschews his usual focus on beef breeding success and turns his attention closer to home, and his own recent experiences with prostate cancer;
  • In this week's Shows section, we have full reports and pictures from Biggar, Sutherland and Braco;
  • Dorset sheep are rising in popularity, and the Walker family, of Barwinnock, Whauphill, tell us why in a feature on their Dupin Dorset flock;
  • Brian Henderson's Arable Matters column muses on the recent volatility of both markets and weather, and observes that now more than ever, farmers are having to carry a huge burden or risk;
  • Soaring input costs are also under the spotlight on our Business section, where a new report from AHDB points out that 'ag-flation' is rising way faster than market returns, with the main casualty being farmers' profits;
  • Nonetheless, there was a bumper trade at the Suffolk sheep breed society’s Scottish show and sale at Lanark, where prices peaked at 75,000gns, and our Business section has all the details;
  • For the youngsters – and the oldsters who want to learn new things – we dedicate to this year's agri-college courses;
  • We also offer a focus on Dairying, with all the latest on management techniques and nutrition, plus a feature on the ProCross – a threeway breeding programme rotation based on the Holstein, VikingRed and Montbéliarde dairy breeds.

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