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Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farm Activities news

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Wading birds in deep trouble

Published: Tuesday, 21st November 2017

An urgent call for volunteers has been issued to help tackle the mass decline of wading birds in Scotland.

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Raising awareness of SRUC's hill farming expertise in Ireland

Published: Thursday, 9th November 2017

Davy McCracken, Head of SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, recently spoke at a conference in the west of Ireland about the need for innovation in hill farming systems.

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The French Connection continues in the Highlands

Published: Wednesday, 19th July 2017

A French student from sunny Bordeaux in the south west of France has just completed a five month internship at SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, near Crianlarich.

Davy McCracken and fellow panel members discussing Landcare Europe’s proposals for a public goods premium to be incorporated into the basic payment of the CAP.

Helping highlight a potential new structure for the CAP

Published: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Davy McCracken, Head of SRUC's Hill & Mountain Research Centre, recently paid a flying visit to Brussels.

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SRUC in new EU network on sheep productivity

Published: Wednesday, 21st December 2016

SRUC has become one of seven partners involved in a brand new EU £2m euro network on sheep productivity – called SheepNet.

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Chough conservation efforts highly commended by RSPB

Published: Wednesday, 7th December 2016

A long-term project involving SRUC to save the endangered red-billed chough has been highly commended at the RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards ceremony.

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Video: Teagasc visits Hill & Mountain Research Centre to develop collaboration links

Published: Wednesday, 26th October 2016

SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre is keen to develop areas of collaboration with the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Teagasc after a fact finding visit.

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Video: Davy McCracken joins National Sea Eagle Stakeholder Group

Published: Wednesday, 26th October 2016

Professor Davy McCracken, Head of SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, has joined the National Sea Eagle Stakeholders Group to provide objective input to help inform discussion within the group.

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SRUC Raising Awareness of Hill Farming Challenges

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

Staff at SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre have been travelling around Scotland but also half-way around the globe this summer, to raise awareness of the challenges facing hill farming.

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Kirkton Open Day: 18 August 2016

Published: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

Annual Open Day at Kirkton & Auchtertyre farms.

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Busy Month of International Visitors to Kirkton and Auchtertyre

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2016

July has been a very busy month for international visitors to SRUC’s upland research farms near Crianlarich.

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Addressing Predation of Ground Nesting Birds

Published: Friday, 26th February 2016

A report from a ground-breaking project identifying ways to resolve conflicts about bird and mammal predation of ground nesting birds was launched recently by Environment Minister, Dr Aileen McLeod.

Frank and Gertrude Just Part of the Kirkton Year

Published: Thursday, 11th February 2016

The Pre Christmas storms battering Scotland were only part of 2015 at SRUC’s Hill research farms near Crianlarich where the total rain fall was 1,058 mm above the 20 year average.

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Happy 21st Birthday to SRUC’s Wigwam Business

Published: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

Janet Swadling, SRUC’s Acting Chief Executive recently visited SRUC’s Strathfillan Wigwams business on Kirkton & Auchtertye research farms, near Crianlarich, to mark the wigwams’ 21st anniversary.

A Week of Wide-Ranging Events at SRUC's Upland Research Farms

Published: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre upland research farms, near Crianlarich, recently held three major knowledge exchange events in the space of one week.

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Rush Control on Farms and Crofts – SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchentyre Farms to Host Half Day Workshop

Published: Thursday, 21st May 2015

SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchentyre farms, near Crianlarich, will host a Soil Association Scotland two-year trial to investigate and demonstrate non-chemical techniques to control rushes on farms and crofts.

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Harper Adams Students at Kirkton & Auchtertyre

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

Final year Agriculture students from Harper Adams University in England recently learned more about research ongoing at SRUC’s hill farms near Crianlarich.

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

Education and Research Build Bridges at Kirkton and Auchtertyre

Published: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

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.

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Kirkton and Auchtertyre Host Soil Drainage Day

Published: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

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.

Kirkton Talking Science event

Locals Brave Torrential Rain and High Winds to find out more about Kirkton Farm

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Talking Science made its way up to SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farm this weekend to showcase Scottish science.

German farmers visit Hill & Mountain Research Centre

An international flavour at SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

There was a decidedly international flavour when SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, near Crianlarich, hosted visits from two separate groups on the same day.

Discover the Future of Farming at SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farm Open Day!

Published: Thursday, 16th October 2014

SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre Research Farm is throwing open its gates to welcome the public for a free day of scientific discovery. The farm will be open from 12pm – 4pm on Sunday 26 October.

Activity Tourism event - Oatridge Campus and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Skills Partnership

SRUC and the Skills Partnership Join Forces to bring Activity Tourism to Loch Lomond

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

SRUC Oatridge Campus lecturers, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Skills Partnership, school pupils and local businesses met recently to explore the opportunities for young people in activity tourism.

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Kirkton Grassland Group Looks at Bracken Control

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Scotland’s Rural College's Kirkton and Auchertyre farms recently hosted the latest meeting of the farmers' group focused on grassland management in the uplands.

Kirkton Open Day

Sun Shines on Successful Kirkton Open Day

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

Farmers gathered near Crianlarich recently, at the Scotland’s Rural College Kirkton and Auchtertyre farms open day to hear about the ongoing research projects.

Scottish Agriculture Brings Texan Students to SRUC Kirkton

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

Kirkton served as a learning ground for seven students and one professor from Texas A&M University (College Station) when they attended the Open Day at SRUC Kirkton and Auchtertyre Units.

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