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Gavin Elrick has been helping with the restoration of the Royal Deeside Railway

Keep on tracking

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2020 in SAC Consulting news

A consultant at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has switched track from agricultural drainage to restoring a steam railway in Aberdeenshire.

A New Zealand-based expert will take part in a series of webinars - aimed specifically at sheep, beef and dairy - on the use of fodder beet as a crop to feed livestock over the winter.

Moving to the beet

Published: Wednesday, 28th October 2020 in Farm Advisory Service news

A New Zealand-based expert will take part in a series of webinars - aimed specifically at sheep, beef and dairy - on the use of fodder beet as a crop to feed livestock over the winter.

New Zealand farmer Doug Avery will discuss the importance of building crisis resilience in difficult times

Bouncing forward from a crisis

Published: Tuesday, 27th October 2020 in SAC Consulting news

A New Zealand farmer who has overcome everything from earthquakes to drought will offer advice to his Scottish counterparts on how to ‘bounce forward’ from a crisis.

The Corncrake population has declined rapidly since 1950

Skye corncrake partnership celebrates 10 years

Published: Monday, 26th October 2020 in SAC Consulting news

A collaborative partnership to help secure a future for Skye’s corncrake population is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

An Organic Farming course is proving popular with students during the coronavirus pandemic

Growing an organic partnership

Published: Friday, 23rd October 2020 in Study at SRUC news

A unique postgraduate course in Organic Farming is celebrating its 20th year at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

The sustainability of livestock can be enhanced by measures that seek to improve efficiency

Study looks at future of EU livestock

Published: Thursday, 22nd October 2020 in Research news

Research into the future of EU livestock has found more can be done to reduce the negative environmental impacts of the sector.

Researchers at SRUC are working with the Ethical Dairy to learn more about cow-with-calf dairy system

Keeping cows with calves

Published: Wednesday, 21st October 2020 in Research news

Dairy farmers and new entrants interested in operating a cow-with-calf dairy system are invited to take part in a survey.

Defra has announced a six-month extension to the BVD Stamp It Out initiative in England

BVD Stamp it Out project extended

Published: Tuesday, 20th October 2020 in SAC Consulting news

A £5.7 million project to address Bovine Viral Diarrhoea in cattle has been extended by six months due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Science is key to protecting and supporting Scotland's food and drink industry

Event to explain science behind provenance

Published: Monday, 19th October 2020 in Research news

Food experts and researchers are teaming up to highlight the science behind the provenance of Scottish produce.

Jockey Rachael McDonald has been appointed to teach Racehorse Care at SRUC

Jockey appointed to spur on racing students

Published: Friday, 16th October 2020 in Study at SRUC news

A jockey has been appointed to teach and assess the progress of equine students at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Nearly 40 per cent of Scotland’s farmers are “risk-averse”, according to a survey on how Brexit might affect business planning.

Large proportion of Scots farmers are ‘risk-averse’

Published: Thursday, 15th October 2020 in News news

Nearly 40 per cent of Scotland’s farmers are “risk-averse”, according to a survey on how Brexit might affect business planning.

The monitoring schemes provide a level of assurance for buyers looking to reduce disease risk

New sheep monitoring schemes aim to reduce risk of disease

Published: Monday, 12th October 2020 in Research news

UK farmers can now benefit from two new monitoring schemes designed to reduce the risk of disease in sheep.

Joint venture

Joint venture into farming

Published: Monday, 12th October 2020 in About SRUC news

New entrants, current farmers and landowners can learn more about a unique way of getting into agriculture or expanding current farming practices at a free webinar with leading industry experts.

Wheat is one of six crops to have its microbiome held and curated as part of the UK Crop Microbiome Cryobank

When the chips are down

Published: Friday, 9th October 2020 in News news

An SRUC scientist is part of a new Cryobank project which will safeguard future research and facilitate the sustainable yield improvement of six major UK food crops.

Net Zero Carbon & UK Livestock Report shows that new innovations are needed to meet 2050 net-zero target

Report highlights challenge in meeting UK net-zero carbon goals for livestock

Published: Friday, 2nd October 2020 in News news

An independent report assessing the carbon intensity of UK livestock production systems has found currently technologies cannot deliver even half the industry’s 2050 carbon emissions reduction goal.

Insects have a vital role to play in controlling pests that damage crops on farms

How ‘natural enemies’ can be farmers’ friends

Published: Friday, 2nd October 2020 in News news

With evidence mounting that insect populations are declining, farmers are being encouraged to act now to save these vitally important species.

Dennis Overton is the new chair of the SAC Commercial Board

SRUC names new chair of commercial board

Published: Friday, 2nd October 2020 in SAC Consulting news

A Scottish entrepreneur whose achievements include bringing the world’s first organic salmon to market has been named the new chair of the SAC Commercial Board.

Kerry Ireland has been promoting her volunteering work in the Icelandic media

TV icebreaker for SRUC student

Published: Wednesday, 30th September 2020 in Study at SRUC news

A Wildlife and Conservation Management student from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been hitting the headlines – in Iceland.

Change Your Path bursaries have been given to 20 mature students making a return to study at SRUC

Covid-19 prompts return to study

Published: Wednesday, 30th September 2020 in Study at SRUC news

The Covid-19 lockdown has led many people to reconsider their lifestyles and prompted a return to study at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

SRUC’s business model can help it play an important role in Scotland’s green economic recovery

SRUC tops UK list for SME consulting income

Published: Tuesday, 29th September 2020 in About SRUC news

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) provides more business value to SMEs than any other higher education institution in the UK.

Leia kennedy aquaponics garden with converge impact challenge trophy 1

Double win for Aquaponics company

Published: Monday, 28th September 2020 in News news

A business supported by SRUC has scooped a double win in the Converge 2020 Awards – Scotland’s annual celebration of academic innovation and entrepreneurship.

IACS returns show how farmers are rethinking their business plan

Brexit and Covid-19 lead to farm changes

Published: Monday, 28th September 2020 in SAC Consulting news

The combination of Brexit and Covid-19 has led to a change in the outlook of farmers and crofters in Scotland.

A webinar will discuss whether Scotland can build a green recovery in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic

Stepping towards a green recovery

Published: Monday, 28th September 2020 in News news

Leading a struggling economy into a green recovery offers more challenges than it did pre-Covid-19, a leading environmental scientist will warn this week.

SRUC has taken steps to ensure students can study safely

SRUC reassures students over safety measures

Published: Friday, 25th September 2020 in Study at SRUC news

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has reassured its students that their safety and wellbeing is its priority during the Covid-19 pandemic.

While sunfish are known to visit the UK in summer months most sightings are off the atlantic coast

Sunfish washes up on Scottish beach

Published: Friday, 25th September 2020 in Research news

When experts from the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) are called out, it is usually to deal with strandings of seals, whales, porpoises or dolphins.

Farmers will be given tips on how to get the best from staff in a new series of webinars.

Lessons in farm management

Published: Thursday, 24th September 2020 in News news

Farmers will be given tips on how to get the best from staff in a new series of webinars.

SAC Consulting set to support Covid-hit charity in virtual Tour D’Office challenge

SAC Consulting set to support Covid-hit charity in virtual Tour D’Office challenge

Published: Thursday, 24th September 2020 in SAC Consulting news

Throughout October, staff from SAC Consulting, part of SRUC, will walk, cycle, and run nearly 2000 miles as part of a virtual Tour D’Office challenge to raise money for RSABI.

The gin industry is worth 3.2 billion to the UK economy

Plant disease poses gin threat

Published: Thursday, 24th September 2020 in Research news

An invasive plant disease is posing a threat to one of the UK’s favourite tipples.

Winning students Ella Jordan and Jordana Hall with teacher Neil Miller, Police Constable Chloe Ellis, Gemma Waugh of SRUC and Tracey McEwan from Tarff Valley Ltd

Sheep worrying video wins £500

Published: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020 in News news

SRUC lecturer Gemma Waugh returned to her former school to present a prize to students for their promotional video to increase awareness of sheep worrying.

Farmers and vets are being asked to take part in a survey which aims to establish the amount of antibiotics used in the Scottish sheep industry.

New antibiotics usage survey seeks sheep farmers’ views

Published: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020 in News news

Farmers and vets are being asked to take part in a survey which aims to establish the amount of antibiotics used in the Scottish sheep industry.

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