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A New Strategy for Scottish Land-based Education & Training

Published on Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 in Education news

Over 9000 businesses and organisations are being consulted by Scottish colleges to understand how the delivery of land-based education and training may need to change to meet growing industry demand.

Scotland’s Rural College Creates Award Winning Prospectus

Published on Monday, 2nd March 2015 in Education news

Scotland’s Rural College’s (SRUC) Prospectus was recognised as one of the top three within Scotland at the Annual College Development Marketing Awards.

First Ever North East Fife Jobs Fair

First ever North East Fife Jobs Fair Triumphed at SRUC’s Elmwood Campus

Published on Thursday, 26th February 2015 in Education news

Attended by hundreds of job seekers, the inaugural North East Fife Jobs Fair hosted last week at SRUC Elmwood campus and organised in partnership with Huw Bell, was a roaring success.

SRUC Technical Notes Catalogue Extended and Revised

Published on Tuesday, 24th February 2015 in SRUC news

The catalogue of SRUC’s short, practical field guides has been extended and revised with a number of additions to the list available on the SRUC website.

Events Will Support Kintyre and Gigha Dairy Producers

Published on Tuesday, 24th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

SAC Consulting (part of SRUC) is seeking to support the continued viability of dairy farms in Kintyre and Gigha by holding a series of free, focused workshops tailored for local producers.

SRUC Vets Appeal for Considerate Dog Control as Lambing Time Approaches

Published on Tuesday, 24th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

With lambing time approaching, vets from Scotland’s Rural College are reminding dog owners to keep their pets under close control near livestock and to avoid going near sheep at all, if possible.

How Horse Riders and Land Managers Can Help Each Other – North Berwick Event Addresses Access Issues

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

The first in a series of events designed to let horse riders and land managers in Scotland address access issues is planned for a farm near North Berwick on Friday 6 March.

England NFU visit to Easter Bush - Professor Geoff Simm, Dr Helen Ferrier, Minette Batters, Professor Mike Coffey

English NFU Deputy Vice President Visits Easter Bush Researchers

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in Research news

Minette Batters, Deputy President of the National Farmers Union of England and Wales visited Easter Bush this week to learn more about the research there.

Students in SRUC Elmwood greenhouse

Inspectors Gives Top Marks for Supported Student Accommodation at SRUC Elmwood Campus

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in Education news

The supported accommodation at the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College achieved top marks following a review of the service by the Care Inspectorate.

Dairy Skills Initiative

Success for Dairy Skills Trainee Andrew

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

Andrew Edgar, one of the pioneers of the Dairy Skills initiative running in Dumfries and Galloway has been offered a post by a local dairy farmer.

Forfar CAP Reform meeting

Many Questions at Forfar CAP Workshop

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

It was a long night with many questions in Forfar at the most recent of the CAP reform workshops SAC Consulting is holding in Scotland.

Introduction to Land Based Studies students building bridges at Kirkton & Auchtertyre

Education and Research Build Bridges at Kirkton and Auchtertyre

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in Research news

Students on the Introduction to Land Based Studies course at the Elmwood campus of Scotland’s Rural College recently spent two days bridge building at SRUC’s hill farms near Crianlarich.

Doug Bell speaks at New Cumnock New Entrants event

Keen Interest at New Cumnock New Entrants to Farming Meeting

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

Nearly 100 delegates from across the south of Scotland attended the recent New Entrants to Farming Gathering in New Cumnock, organised, as part of a Scottish Government programme, by SRUC.

Kirkton drainage

Kirkton and Auchtertyre Host Soil Drainage Day

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

Highlighting the agricultural efficiency, nutrient and pollution management benefits gained from well managed drainage systems was the focus of an event at SRUC's Kirkton and Auchtertyre farms.

Thomas Muirhead and Kyle Smith in action

Bronze for SRUC Student Curlers

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in Education news

Two SRUC student curlers were in the men’s bronze medal winning rink at the 2015 World University Winter Games in Spain and the UK’s only medal winners.

Ewe with sucking lamb

New Cumnock Meeting Aimed at Hill Farmers across Scotland – Improving Ewe Profitability

Published on Wednesday, 18th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

Respected Ayrshire hill farmer Stevie Guild of Ashmark Farm will host an event focused on improving the profitability of ewes, the breeding females at the heart of the sector, on Tuesday 24 February.

Jackie Brierton - GrowBiz

Rural Perthshire Enterprise Organisation Invited to Speak at the Scottish Parliament

Published on Friday, 13th February 2015 in Rural Policy Centre news

Jackie Brierton of GrowBiz has been invited to speak at the Scottish Parliament and share her experiences of helping people in rural Perthshire build their own businesses.

Oatridge Family Fun Day

Beat the Winter Blues and Get Outdoors at Family Fun Day

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 in Education news

Students from SRUC Oatridge Campus are inviting local families to shake off the winter blues and come along to a free day of fun activities on Sunday 15 February.

16 African PhD students - Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)

SRUC One Step up on Sub-Saharan Africa Collaboration

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 in Research news

SRUC staff will be among those mentoring 16 African PhD students in a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported programme to enhance the health and productivity of livestock.

Sheep being fed

Sheep Farmers Warned of Poor Silage Risking Underfed Ewes as Lambing Approaches

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

With pregnant ewes getting heavier as lambing dates get closer specialists from Scotland’s Rural College urge sheep farmers to check the quality of the silage they are feeding.

Tweed Valley visit

Elmwood Students Take a Trip to the River Tweed

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 in Education news

HNC Countryside Management students from SRUC’s Elmwood Campus learnt first-hand about natural flood management on a study trip to the River Tweed catchment area in the Borders.

Organics Conference 2015

Scotland’s Organic Farmers Consider Prospects and Opportunities

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

A well attended annual meeting of organic producers at the Lamancha hub on Whitmuir Farm in the Borders included delegates who had travelled from as far afield as Bristol and Bury St Edmonds.

Scotland Food and Drink meets at Elmwood

Year of Food & Drink - A Big Bite for SRUC

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 in SAC Consulting news

The SAC Consulting Food and Drink team are looking forward to a busy year of events and collaborations as Scotland celebrates the 2015 year of Food and Drink.

Kirkton sheep in snow

Kirkton & Auchtertyre Progress

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 in Research news

Despite having to deal with snow, ice and floods SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre hill research farms have begun to prepare for the year ahead, reports Professor Davy McCracken.

Police demo at Barony Campus

Tips on Safe Driving at Barony - Eye Opener for Students and Staff

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 in Education news

SRUC Barony students and staff learned what the local Police experience when attending road traffic accidents; it gave serious pause for thought and will be part of future campus inductions.

Hazel Smith

SRUC Brushes Opposition Aside at World Student Winter Games

Published on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 in Education news

Four SRUC students have spent the last six days curling for Great Britain at the 2015 Winter Universiade (World University Winter Games) joining 2,500 competitors from 50 nations in Granada, Spain.

East Lothian Farm the Latest to Open its Doors to New Ideas

Published on Monday, 9th February 2015 in Farming For A Better Climate news

East Lothian farmer Bob Simpson will welcome farmers from across the area on Thursday 26 February when he hosts the latest in a series of events helping farmers improve business efficiency.

Clackmannanshire Farm the Latest to Focus on Efficiencies

Published on Monday, 9th February 2015 in Farming For A Better Climate news

Clackmannanshire dairy farmer Ross Logan will welcome farmers from across the area on Wednesday 25 February when he hosts the latest in a series of events helping farmers improve business efficiency.

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