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From Plate to Planet: Facing the challenges of feeding the world

Date: 4th November 2019

Location: The Lemon Tree 5 West North Street Aberdeen AB24 5AT

Time: 17:30 - 19:00

Cost: Free but booking essential

When it comes to our health and the environment the facts about food are confusing. What should we think? What needs to change?

Red meat consumption is described as being good for you, providing an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals, and bad for you – raising blood cholesterol and increasing the incidence of bowel cancer.

It’s also described as either devastating for the environment due to effluent waste and animal methane contributing to overall greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs); or beneficial for the natural economy and future generations through low-intensity, grass-fed systems. So where does this seemingly-contradictory picture leave us here in Scotland? What should we think? And what then should we do as tax payers and consumers?

Scotland’s Rural College brings together two people to challenge our thinking and to help us make up our minds:

  • Denise Walton, an award-winning organic beef farmer from the Scottish Borders, who’s also set up an on-farm butchery to deliver from farm-to-fork, while at the same time making sure she improves the farm’s biodiversity and habitat
  • Professor Sir Charles Godfray from the Oxford Martin School at University of Oxford. A population biologist, Charles is interested in how our global food system must change, via “sustainable intensification”, if it’s to cope with the 21st century challenges facing humanity

Denise and Charles will share their thoughts for a few minutes, and then it’s over to you to ask questions and debate – and move our ideas forward on this crucial matter – not just for us but for future generations.

This event is free but booking is essential.  Get your ticket here.

Come and join us and bring your friends!

Information on parking:

There are two nearby multi-storey car parks (each approx. 5 minute walk away from venue):

Happening today, 23rd October 2019

Healthy Calves: Reducing Losses and Maximising Performance

Date: 23rd October 2019

Location: Hardgrove Farm Carrutherstown, Dumfries, DG1 4NT

Time: 10:30 - 14:30

Cost: Free

This event will highlight some of the latest research carried out by SRUC and industry and its practical application to improve the survivability and growth performance of dairy calves.

Topics for discussion and speakers are:

  • Why do Dairy Calves Die? Knowledge is the First Step to Prevention

    • Megan Fergusson (SRUC Veterinary Services)

  • Exploring Failure of Passive Transfer and Colostrum Quality

    • Ali Haggerty (University of Glasgow Vet School)

  • Factors Affecting Calf Growth Rates and Minimising these with Early Detection of Disease

    • Katrina Henderson (SRUC Veterinary Services) and Carol-Anne Duthie (SRUC)

  • What to Look for in a Quality Calf Milk Replacer

    • John Newbold (SRUC) and Lorna MacPherson (SAC Consulting)

  • Calf Rearing at Hardgrove

    • Alistair Marshall (Hardgrove Farm) and Gareth Boyes (Ark Veterinary Centre)

  • Management Tools for Heifer Rearing and Breed4Better Campaign

    • Chris Stockwell (AHDB Dairy)

Lunch provided.
Please contact Janis Forrest to book your place (noting any dietary requirements).
E: janis.forrest@sac.co.uk
T: 0131 603 7525

We acknowledge the financial support of the Universities Innovation Fund (UIF) for this event.

Improving Ewe Performance

Date: 23rd October 2019

Location: Dewars Centre Glover Street, Perth, PH2 0TH

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: Free

Ideas gathered from an EU project to improve flock output

The SheepNet EU project is coming to an end. With seven partner countries, the past three years have seen six transnational workshops, 130 solutions and practical tips gathered, 21 factsheets developed, 80 YouTube videos produced and much more.

To celebrate, we are hosting a workshop!

The interactive workshop will showcase:

  •  Solutions that were gathered to increase ewe productivity
  • Practical tips and tricks for successful lambing
  • New resources developed to improve lamb survival
  • Take home messages from international workshops

Lunch provided. Booking essential.

To book your place email: val.angus@sac.co.uk or call 01835 823322

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