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Principal Consultant Chloe McCulloch is urging farmers to plan ahead

Farmers urged to prepare plan B

Published: Wednesday, 1st April 2020 in SAC Consulting news

Farming consultants have created an emergency document to help farmers plan ahead in case they fall ill during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Lorna Cole’s daughter Alice demonstrates the Apple Tipping experiment

Sowing the seeds for research project

Published: Tuesday, 31st March 2020 in Parents and Teachers news

Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College have created an apple pollination experiment to help parents who are home schooling their children.

Professor Malcolm Mitchell retires after improving welfare of millions of animals

Livestock transport expert calls it a day

Published: Monday, 30th March 2020 in About SRUC news

One of the world’s leading experts in livestock transportation is this week retiring after 15 years at Scotland’s Rural College.

Supermarket shelves have been left empty after panic buying by customers

More forceful action needed to stop stockpiling

Published: Friday, 27th March 2020 in Research news

More forceful warnings around the social consequences of stockpiling during the coronavirus outbreak could ease the pressure on UK supermarkets.

Supermarket shelves have been left empty after panic buying by customers

How has Covid-19 impacted our food chain?

Published: Friday, 27th March 2020 in Research news

The Covid-19 outbreak has brought health risks and difficulties to our food chains.

Cath Seeds has been recording virtual field trips for her students

SRUC community swings into action over coronavirus

Published: Thursday, 26th March 2020 in About SRUC news

Former students from Scotland’s Rural College have been joining staff to take action against the impact of coronavirus.

SRUC is introducing changes to the way teaching is delivered in the light of the coronavirus

SRUC to suspend face-to-face group teaching

Published: Wednesday, 18th March 2020 in Study at SRUC news

Scotland’s Rural College is suspending face-to-face group teaching from 6pm on Friday 20 March.

Moorlands form a large and important resource for upland enterprises

Moor value

Published: Thursday, 12th March 2020 in Research news

Researchers from SRUC have contributed to a new publication looking at the future of Scotland’s moorlands.

There is scope to drive some performance efficiency in the beef sector in Scotland

Beefing up efficiency

Published: Wednesday, 11th March 2020 in Research news

There is ‘considerable opportunity’ to improve the efficiency of the beef sector in Scotland, according to new research published by Scotland’s Rural College.

Oatridge Students are training to become qualified badger surveyors

Badger sett and match

Published: Monday, 9th March 2020 in Study at SRUC news

Countryside Management students at Scotland’s Rural College are learning how to survey badgers as part of a new course being delivered at its West Lothian campus.

Winners from SRUC celebrate their achievements at the ALBAS

Cream of the crop

Published: Friday, 6th March 2020 in Study at SRUC news

Ten students and trainees representing SRUC were celebrating last night after picking up a selection of awards at Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS event.

New trees planted at SRUC's Kirkton and Auchtertyre farms will be used to demonstrate the benefits of agroforestry

Branching out into agroforestry

Published: Thursday, 5th March 2020 in Research news

A hundred trees have been planted on upland research farmland run by Scotland’s Rural College to demonstrate the benefits of agroforestry.

A new national awareness week will aim to tackle the stigma of strangles

Speaking out about strangles

Published: Thursday, 5th March 2020 in Veterinary Services news

Speaking out about strangles – an infectious equine disease – is the focus of a new national week of action launched by SRUC in partnership with some of the UK’s largest horse welfare organisations.

A new qualification will give horse care students the skills to work in the racing industry (Image by Alan Rennie)

Courses for race horse lovers

Published: Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 in Study at SRUC news

Equine students at Scotland’s Rural College will be able to specialise in race horse care as part of their course thanks to the creation of a new Scottish Racing Academy.

Professor Cathy Dwyer will chair the new 12-person commission on animal welfare

Animal Welfare Commission named

Published: Monday, 2nd March 2020 in Research news

Members have been appointed to Scotland’s first independent Animal Welfare Commission, which is chaired by Professor Cathy Dwyer from SRUC.

Victoria McDowell takes up her new position

Victoria relishing SAC Consulting challenge

Published: Monday, 2nd March 2020 in SAC Consulting news

Helping customers to identify growth opportunities among today’s farming challenges is a key focus for SAC Consulting’s new Head of Advisory Operations.

Seaweed is one of most popular development products for SAC Consulting 

Seaweed is making waves in Scotland says top food & drink development team 

Published: Friday, 28th February 2020 in SAC Consulting news

Seaweed is one of the most popular products in development for our SAC Consulting Food & Drink team as consumer trends drive demand for food with health and nutritional benefits.  

A new survey asks for farmers’ views on animal welfare

Happy farm

Published: Friday, 28th February 2020 in Research news

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College are launching a survey for farmers to get to the heart of the debate about what makes farm animals happy.

Create your own opportunities, new farmers told

Create your own opportunities, new farmers told

Published: Thursday, 27th February 2020 in SAC Consulting news

Aspiring farmers were told to make their own opportunities at an event for new entrants to the agricultural industry this week.

Dairy farmers needed for m bovis study

Dairy farmers needed for M.Bovis study

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2020 in Veterinary Services news

Dairy farmers across Scotland are being urged to take part in a new study to help scientists better understand the spread of Mycoplasma bovis in cattle.

Torque of the farm

Torque of the farm

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2020 in About SRUC news

Record-breaking Scottish strongwoman Kim Best has borrowed one of her employer’s six-tonne tractors while training for her next event. 

Former Barony student and herd manager Eamon Monaghan is up for a Young Farmer of the Year award

Former Barony student up for Young Farmer award

Published: Friday, 21st February 2020 in Study at SRUC news

A former Agriculture student and herd manager at SRUC’s Barony campus has been shortlisted for a Young Farmer of the Year award.

Students learn about employment opportunities at annual careers event

Students look to the future at careers event

Published: Thursday, 20th February 2020 in Study at SRUC news

More than 400 students visited SRUC’s annual careers event at Elmwood this month to explore opportunities with around 50 organisations.

Call for policy makers to protect pollinators

Call for policy makers to protect pollinators

Published: Monday, 17th February 2020 in Research news

Pollinating insects could thrive if improvements are made to agri-environment schemes across Europe, a new study led by Scotland’s Rural College has found.

Magnesium boost could reduce slow calving risk

Magnesium boost could reduce slow calving risk

Published: Friday, 14th February 2020 in SAC Consulting news

Farmers are being advised to increase the level of magnesium in minerals given to suckler cows before calving after new research found they absorb less than previously thought.

Forestry students get hands-on experience at Applegirth Estate

Dumfries estate hosts next generation of foresters

Published: Thursday, 13th February 2020 in Study at SRUC news

Crown Estate Scotland has teamed up with SRUC to host innovative forestry management and operations courses for students.

Crofting, Stornoway, Iain MacMillan, Duncan Macintyre

Crofting in the Outer Hebrides in ascendency says SAC Consulting

Published: Wednesday, 12th February 2020 in SAC Consulting news

SAC Consulting’s team in the Highlands and Islands’ region is seeing a renewed interest in crofting.

The study will look into the feasibility of re-establishing sugar beet in eastern Scotland

Sugar beet to make a comeback?

Published: Monday, 10th February 2020 in SAC Consulting news

A Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) group facilitated by SAC Consulting is to look into the feasibility and steps required to re-establish sugar beet and its processing in eastern Scotland.

Hospitality lecturer Wullie Balfour (centre) with local chefs

Game for a challenge

Published: Thursday, 6th February 2020 in Study at SRUC news

Young chefs from two St Andrews restaurants were taken on a game-based learning journey at SRUC Elmwood.

New study highlights the extent of the AMR gene ‘pollution’ in livestock production

‘Unexpected’ number of resistance genes found on pig farm

Published: Wednesday, 5th February 2020 in Research news

Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College have identified a high number of antimicrobial resistance genes in pig faeces at a commercial farm, following the first longitudinal study of its kind.

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