SAC Consulting news

Student looking at potatoes

Rogues wanted! – lucrative course for disease police for a vital Scottish industry

Published: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

The health and reputation of a Scottish industry worth around £100 million a year depends on the work of “tattie roguers” - and it needs more of the potato disease police.

Csaba with a cow

SAC Consulting strengthens commitment to dairy sector with new Senior Consultant

Published: Wednesday, 17th May 2017

SAC Consulting has strengthened its commitment to the dairy sector by appointing Csaba Adamik as Senior Dairy Consultant bringing with him a wealth of experience in the Scottish dairy industry.

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New European Twinning project led by SRUC consultant

Published: Wednesday, 17th May 2017

A new European Twinning project which focuses on plant protection products in Serbia is being managed by an agricultural consultant from SAC Consulting.

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SRUC backs ambitious plans for Scotland’s food and drink

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

SRUC has added its support to a bold new growth target set for Scotland’s food and drink sector.

International Animal Health Specialists Choose a Highland Venue for their Gatherings  

Published: Monday, 27th March 2017

Inverness and Aviemore will be the focus for a Highland gathering of world experts in animal health and disease control this week.

Leatherjackets

Warning of high risk of damage from leatherjacket grubs

Published: Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Scientists from SRUC are warning that this spring there is a high risk of damage to spring cereals from Leatherjacket grubs.

Fergus Ewing

Fergus Ewing addresses New Entrants conference

Published: Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Rural Economy Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing has indicated he hopes to increase the funding available to new entrants and young farmers.

SAC Consulting’s food and drink team new recruit Kerry Allison.

Kerry Allison joins SAC Consulting’s food and drink team

Published: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

SAC Consulting Food and Drink has welcomed Kerry Allison to the team – bringing with her a decade of experience in the food service and production industries.

SRUC’s Ceri Ritchie, second from left, was a member of the judging panel for the Aberdeen’s Best Curry Awards.

Full bhoona judging role for Ceri Ritchie at Aberdeen curry awards

Published: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Ceri Ritchie, SRUC’s Senior Manager Food and Drink was all curried out recently after her spell on the judging panel for the Aberdeen’s Best Curry Awards.

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FAS helps over 1,500 farmers and crofters in first four months

Published: Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Over 1,500 Scottish farmers and crofters have benefited from attending nearly 80 events run by the new Farm Advisory Service (FAS) over the first four months since it was launched last September.

Alistair Trail

Alistair Trail joins SAC Consulting’s food and drink team

Published: Wednesday, 1st February 2017

SAC Consulting Food and Drink have welcomed Alistair Trail to the team – an industry stalwart who brings with him over 11 years experience working in Scotland’s food, drink and environmental sectors.

Vertical stacking at ComCrop allows gen times the quantity of plants to be grown.

Ayr SAC Consultant sees intensive farming methods in Singapore

Published: Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Vertical farms, rooftop salads and bull frog meat are all part of farming Singapore style.

John Forster of SAC Consulting’s Campbeltown office who led the Campbeltown Milk Quality Improvement Project

Innovative milk project shortlisted for Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards

Published: Monday, 30th January 2017

Consultants and researchers behind an innovative project which improved milk quality and boosted cheese yield have been shortlisted for the prestigious Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.

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Poppy Frater joins Beef and Sheep Select team

Published: Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Poppy Frater has joined SRUC’s Beef and Sheep Select team, based in the St Boswells Office, to focus on grass management and sheep production.

Lamb with swollen knees

Free tests offered in survey of joint disease in new-born lambs

Published: Wednesday, 18th January 2017

With anecdotal evidence of an increase in “joint-ill” - a disease affecting the joints of young lambs - investigators from SRUC are offering free post mortem tests to sheep farmers and their vets.

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SAC Farm Management Handbook makes online debut

Published: Wednesday, 7th December 2016

For the first time the iconic SAC Consulting Farm Management Handbook has been made available online giving farmers greater accessibility to a wealth of knowledge.

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SAC Consulting help champion Scotland’s food and drink

Published: Wednesday, 7th December 2016

SAC Consulting will play a key role in a new £3 million scheme to help Scottish food and drink businesses build upon the success of the sector by strengthening the local food and drink supply chain.

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Farmers warned of increased risk of ergot fungus in grain

Published: Wednesday, 9th November 2016

SRUC experts are urging livestock farmers to beware of an increased risk posed by feed grain contaminated with ergot - a fungal disease that can be toxic to animals or humans.

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Cutting edge advice at Scuddaburgh drainage event

Published: Wednesday, 9th November 2016

The discussion about field drainage was one of the first organised under the Scottish Government’s newly launched Farm Advisory Service (FAS), delivered by SAC Consulting, part of SRUC.

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Kath Dun Elected New President of Sheep Veterinary Society

Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

A new Veterinary Investigations Officer for SAC Consulting based at St. Boswells in the Borders is the new President of the Sheep Veterinary Society (SVS).

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Taxidermist Helps Maximise the Highland Lamb Crop

Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

An idea developed by Australian sheep farmers, with the help of a friendly taxidermist, will be introduced to Highland flockmasters by advisers from Scotland’s Rural College.

Film Premiere Highlights Crofting’s Contribution to Environmental Management

Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

The contribution crofters and island farmers make to managing land of high nature value will be the focus of a short film and following panel discussion.

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New National Advisory Service Launched for Farmers and Crofters

Published: Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Scotland’s newly launched Farm Advisory Service is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) which is co-funded by the EU and Scottish Government.

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From Cupar to Kiev for Matthew – next stop Belgrade

Published: Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Matthew Brown, based at the SAC Consulting office at Elmwood in Cupar, recently returned from EU Twinning project interview duties in Kiev, Ukraine’s impressive capital city.

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SRUC is Key Tenant at New An Lòchran Hub in Inverness

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

SRUC is a key tenant of a new collaborative centre in Inverness which was opened recently by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

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The Answer Does Lie in the Soil for Skye Graziers and Growers

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

Staff from the SAC Consulting Office in Portree had a busy day at Skye Show with their exhibit on the condition of the soils on the island.

SAC Consulting at LEADER Farm Diversification Event

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

SAC Consulting will be represented at a forthcoming Farm Diversification and Rural Enterprise Event being held by the West Lothian LEADER Rural Funding Programme.

Leatherjackets

Living With Leatherjackets - Start Your Planning Now, Urge SRUC Researchers

Published: Monday, 5th September 2016

With the loss of reliable chemical controls, experts at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are advising farmers to start planning now if they want to limit leatherjacket damage to crops and grassland.

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SRUC Student Trio Enjoy Their Hands-on Work Placements with SAC Consulting

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

A trio of third year students, studying at Scotland’s Rural College, have been enjoying their 10 week placements in local offices of SAC Consulting.

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More Options for Scrapie Testing Make Exporting Easier for Elite Sheep and Goat Breeders

Published: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

British farmers with elite sheep flocks or goat herds now have easier access to the testing facilities needed for export approval.

Farm Management

South West Livestock Farmers Urged to Watch for Mud Snails

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2016

Cattle and sheep farmers in the South West have been warned to look out for mud snails and any signs that their animals may have fallen prey to the parasites the snails carry.

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Uplifting Inverness Move Deemed a Success

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2016

Inverness-based SRUC staff have just relocated from Drummondhill to the brand new Inverness Campus.

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Dumfriesshire Farmers told “Don’t Get into a Muddle” on EU Record Keeping

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2016

Dumfriesshire farmers have been given some straightforward advice with regards to EU record keeping – “Keep it simple and don’t get into a muddle.”

Efficiencies in Suckler Herd Production

Farm Forum and Tour Complete Laurencekirk Farm Event Focused on Efficient Suckler Beef Production

Published: Wednesday, 6th July 2016

A chance to look round a successful livestock farm and an opportunity to quiz a knowledgeable farming industry panel is on offer.

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Grantown Farmer Hosts Event Looking at More Efficient Livestock Farming

Published: Tuesday, 21st June 2016

A chance to look round a successful local farm and quiz an industry panel is on offer as the well respected MacDonald family hosts a free event at their Castle Grant Home Farm on Tuesday 5 July.

Soil testing

Valuing Your Soils: New Guidance for Scottish Farmers, Crofters & Land Managers

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

It can take 500 years to replace 25 mm (1 inch) of top soil, yet in the UK it is estimated that 2.9 million tonnes of soil are eroded each year, and soil quality is diminished by poor practices.

Student looking at potatoes

Rogues Wanted! - A Cash Course for Disease Police for a Vital Scottish Industry

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

The health and reputation of a Scottish industry worth around £120 million a year depends on the work of “tattie roguers” - and it needs more of the potato disease police.

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West Coast Calf Producers Reminded the Deadline to Join New Beef Scheme is 15th June

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

Portree-based SAC Consultant Janette Sutherland has reminded west coast calf producers they have only until Tuesday 31st May this year to sign up for the Scottish Government's Beef Efficiency Scheme.

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SRUC Leads Scottish Meeting of GB Johne’s Programme

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

The Milne family’s dairy farm at East Pitforthie near Brechin hosted the first Scottish event in the GB wide programme targeting Johne’s, a debilitating cattle disease.

Renewables

Outlining the Future for on Farm Renewable Energy

Published: Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Renewable Energy Team leader Jim Campbell and his colleagues from SAC Consulting represented Scotland’s Rural College at the recent All-Energy event held in the SECC in Glasgow.

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SAC Consulting Opens Hexham Location for North of England Farmers and Businesses

Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

Following the recent shift to a main base in the J36 Rural Auction Centre at Kendal SAC Consulting England has consolidated its service for local famers and rural businesses.

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SAC Food & Drink Celebrate Brewing Business Success

Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

At the recent Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards Ceri Ritchie and Patrick Hughes of SAC Food and Drink presented a NE brewery specialising in Belgian style beers with the Best Young Business Award.

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Farmers Urged to Check They Will Comply With New Greening Rules

Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

Following recent meetings in Angus and Moray, Consultants from SRUC are urging farmers to check key elements of the environmental or “Greening” regulations under the new CAP regime.

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George Gauley Strengthens SAC Consulting Team in Oban

Published: Thursday, 24th March 2016

Oban’s SAC Consulting team has welcomed a new addition to the team.

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Increasing Resilience in Organic Farming and Food Production

Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

Scotland’s organic farmers and food producers gathered to explore how best to tackle the challenges facing their sector at a free one day conference on 7 March organised by SRUC in the Black Isle.

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Casualty Cow Heightens Concern About Risks from Low Protein Levels in Silage

Published: Friday, 26th February 2016

A casualty animal recently submitted to one of SRUC's Veterinary Investigation Centres confirms earlier fears that some silages being fed to livestock this winter are low in protein.

Lorna MacPherson

Lorna Strengthens SRUC’s Commitment to the Dairy Sector

Published: Friday, 26th February 2016

Scotland’s Rural College has strengthened its commitment to the Scottish dairy sector with the appointment of Dr Lorna MacPherson as a Dairy Consultant for the north, working within SAC Consulting.

New Entrant Group Follow the Production Chain

Published: Thursday, 11th February 2016

Members of the Lanark “New Entrants to Farming” group recently followed a consignment of cattle from the farm through to the abattoir to find out more about managing livestock to meet market needs.

Alternative Energy the “Local Issue” Addressed at Four Cereal Growers Events

Published: Wednesday, 13th January 2016

Cereal growers, advisers and agronomists will be attending a series of four local events planned for January by SRUC and levy funded body AHDB.

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Inverness Event Tackles Anaerobic Digestion and Growing Energy Crops

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

Last week SAC Consulting ran the first of four free events to highlight the benefits of anaerobic digestion with 36 local farmers and crofters attending the Inverness event.

Agriscot

Top of the Class!

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

A team of students from the Edinburgh Campus of Scotland’s Rural College triumphed at the latest Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge.

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SRUC Profiles Enterprising Students at Scottish Parliament Event

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

SRUC joined 18 of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions (HEI) at an inspiring event held recently at the Scottish Parliament profiling the nation’s undergraduate entrepreneurs.

Oatridge Campus - Cattle Shed

SRUC’s Farms’ Carbon Footprint Moo-ving in the Right Direction

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

SRUC’s Farms’ carbon footprint is measured annually in order to comply with good farm management practice.

Farm Management

New Farm Management Handbook Will Help Farmers Adapt to Uncertain Times

Published: Wednesday, 11th November 2015

The 36th edition of the Farm Management Handbook has just been published.

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New Project to Help Dairy Farmers Produce Higher Quality Milk

Published: Wednesday, 11th November 2015

A local project will help dairy farmers in Kintyre and Gigha improve their milk quality which should in turn increase the cheese yield at the Campbeltown Creamery they supply.

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SAC Consultant Visits Papua New Guinea for Knowledge Exchange

Published: Wednesday, 11th November 2015

Mike Halliday, an Agricultural Consultant from the SAC Consulting Dumfries office, was part of a group of ten who travelled to Papua New Guinea (PNG) during October.

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Beef and Sheep Producers Warned Of Low Protein Silages

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

SAC Consulting is warning that a significant proportion of beef and sheep will be severely short of protein with major consequences on performance.

George Vet award

Another Accolade for Top Vet George

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

SRUC Vet George Caldow was recently presented with the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) President’s Award.

Ewe autumn

Vets Advise Farmers to Investigate Ill-thrift in Ewes Now

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

Almost a quarter of ewes tested for Maedi Visna (MV) by SAC Consulting Veterinary Services are carrying the disease.

Improving Farmland Soil is Good for Grazing and Good for Birds

Published: Thursday, 24th September 2015

Farmers and crofters who look after their soils and have plenty of earthworms are helping feed populations of wading birds like lapwing; a threatened species in much of the UK.

Scottish Organic Forum

SRUC Hosts Perthshire Organic Farming Workshop

Published: Wednesday, 16th September 2015

SAC Consulting’s organic and conservation specialists, as part of the Scottish Organic Forum, recently hosted an organic and agri-environment workshop and farm walk at Lurgan Farm near Aberfeldy.

Northern Farmers and Crofters Face Difficult Decisions this Autumn

Published: Tuesday, 8th September 2015

Farmers and crofters in the north of Scotland have hard decisions to make to ensure their cattle are in fine fettle come spring.

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Making the Most of Manure: SRUC Experts Say it is Time to Break Old Habits

Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

SRUC experts are advising farmers to make better use of their slurry and manure to increase profitability and reduce their environmental impact.

Cattle in Skye and Lochalsh Given a Clean Bill of Health

Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

The Scottish Government’s Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) eradication programme has shown low levels of disease in Skye and Lochalsh.

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Managing Dairy Cow Fertility – Ayrshire Farm Invites Farmers to Join Discussions and Hear Expert Advice

Published: Thursday, 27th August 2015

Several expert speakers including SRUC’s Senior Dairy Consultant, David Keiley and Harbro’s Ruminant Nutritionist, Matt Palmer will advise on how to maximise dairy cow fertility while managing costs,

Potatoes in Practice

Potato (Prices) on the Up?

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2015

SRUC experts outlined some serious challenges for potato growers at this year’s Potatoes in Practice event, held in conjunction with the James Hutton Institute.

Scotland's Ice Cream Trail

Scotland’s Scoop of the Year!

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2015

Scotland has recently launched its first ever Ice Cream Trail designed to celebrate and promote one of the nation’s favourite dairy delicacies.

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SRUC Advises Livestock Farmers to Check their Silage Analysis Now

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Experts from SRUC are encouraging beef and sheep producers in Scotland and the North of England to get their silage analysed as soon as possible to give them maximum warning of potential problems.

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Can You Help SRUC Plan for Organics?

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Staff from Scotland’s Rural College are working with the Scottish Organic Forum (SOF) to write a new Organic Action Plan by engaging with a wide range of people and organisations.

Louise Paterson

SRUC Students Enjoying their Summer Placements with SAC Consulting

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Three third year students studying at Scotland’s Rural College are settling in well to their 10 week summer placements with SAC Consulting offices in Ayr, Inverness and Kirkwall.

Alex Hilton with Heather Duff and Craig McKenzie talking to visitors

Tense Time for SRUC Student Teams in Mains of Loirston Trust Winter Wheat Challenge

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Students from Scotland’s Rural College competing in this year’s Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge were looking for positive feedback at recent demonstrations.

Gina Marshall

SRUC Student Gina Gets to Grips with Her Orkney Summer Placement with SAC Consulting

Published: Monday, 27th July 2015

Orcadian Gina Marshall (20) , a third year BSc Applied Animal Science student from St Ola, is settling in to her 10 week placement with the Kirkwall office of SAC Consulting, part of SRUC.

SRUC Student Malcolm is Enjoying his Summer Placement with SAC Consulting in Inverness

Published: Monday, 27th July 2015

Black Isle farmer’s son Malcolm MacDonald(22), who has just completed the third year of his Honours degree course in Agriculture, has enjoyed the first few weeks of his 10 week placement.

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SRUC Student Louise (Dumfries) Settles into her Summer Placement with SAC Consulting in Ayr

Published: Monday, 27th July 2015

Louise Paterson (20), a third year BSC Agriculture student from Amisfield in Dumfriesshire, is settling in to her 10 week placement with the Ayr office of SAC Consulting, part of SRUC.

Matthew Brown with co-author, Mr Valentin Dereviankin, in the main meeting room of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine in Kiev

Ukraine Benefiting from SAC Consulting’s Transferable Skills

Published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Matthew Brown of SAC Consulting Solutions has just completed a successful, 20 day assignment on behalf of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

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Scotland's Berry Trail Launched

Published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Scotland has recently launched a Berry Trail, supported by SRUC, which celebrates and promotes berry farmers throughout the country, during their short but sweet growing season.

Douglas Bell and Steven Thomson

SRUC’s CAP Crusaders Win Award for Excellence in Advisory Work

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Consultant Douglas Bell and researcher Steven Thomson, both well known and respected members of SRUC staff, have shared an award.

Highland Sheep

SRUC Prominent at Highland Sheep

Published: Wednesday, 1st July 2015

The strength of the contingent of SRUC researchers and consultants at the recent Highland Sheep event highlighted the many ways that Scotland’s Rural College supports sheep farmers.

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As Slow Spring Reduces Silage Yields SRUC Suggests Now is the Time to Consider Draff as a Supplement

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

SRUC suggests farmers whose first cut of silage had been less than expected should consider ensiling draff, a valuable residue from the whisky making process, to boost winter feed supplies.

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SRUC Showcases ‘Think Local’ Initiative Successes

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

As the biggest event in Scotland’s agricultural and rural calendar kicks off, SAC Consulting Food & Drink team celebrates and showcases the excellent work being achieved through the ‘Think Local’ initiative with the production of a new video.

Montrose Farm Joins the Focus on Efficiencies – Open Day for Farmers Exploring Ideas for Cost Saving

Published: Tuesday, 9th June 2015

An Angus farming business is the latest to open its doors to neighbours and local farmers interested in exploring ideas for saving costs through improving the efficiency of their business.

A Packed, Productive Three Hours for NE Dairy Farmers – SRUC Event at Mains of Culsh

Published: Tuesday, 9th June 2015

Aberdeenshire dairy farmer Jean McLean and son John are hosting a dairy focussed event organised by Scotland’s Rural College at New Deer on Wednesday 24th June.

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Cutting Medication Costs and Breeding for Disease Resistance SRUC’s North Sheep Focus

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

Ways to reduce some medication use by 50% was a feature of the SRUC / SAC Consulting stand at the North Sheep event at Cockermouth in Cumbria.

Mike Wijnberg, Director of SAC Consulting

Mike Wijnberg Arrives as SAC Consulting Director

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

Mike Wijnberg has begun work as the Managing Director of SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College.

Samantha Wilson with her horse Nirvan Tywysog, known at home as Pie

Side Saddle Success for Dumfries Vet Services Scientist

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

Samantha Wilson, a scientist at the SAC Consulting Veterinary Services Disease Surveillance Centre in Dumfries, has achieved outstanding competition success in riding side saddle.

Getting the Most from Grass and Crops on Aberdeenshire Farm Starts With Soil – Mintlaw Event Gets Down to Earth about Improving Farm Efficiency

Published: Monday, 25th May 2015

Farmers attending a free event on Nether Aden Farm, Mintlaw are invited to bring a “spit” of their soil with them for experts to assess.

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Cabinet Secretary Recognises Successful Results for Borders Climate Change Focus Farm

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment visited Upper Nisbet Farm near Jedburgh to thank them for their participation in the Farming for a Better Climate (FFBC) initiative.

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Consultant Paul Toasts Royal Opening of Special Distillery During Scotland’s Official “Whisky Month”

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink which aims to inspire Scots and visitors alike to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural larder, and develop its reputation as being a Land of Food and Drink.

Expert in every field

SRUC Invests in its SAC Consulting Team

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Scotland’s Rural College has invested in the future of Scottish agriculture and its’ SAC Consulting Division by appointing new consultants and technical support staff.

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Home Grown Produce – SRUC Celebrates the Year of Food & Drink

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

2015 is Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink which aims to inspire Scots and visitors alike to celebrate Scotland’s outstanding natural larder, and develop its reputation as being a Land of Food and Drink.

Potato Roguers

Roguing Recruits Rewarded – A Cash Course For Front Line Defenders of a Vital Scottish Industry

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

The health and reputation of a Scottish industry worth some £116 million a year depends on the work of “tattie roguers” and it needs more.

Crichton Farm dairy cows

SRUC Helps Launch Dairy Industry’s Action Johne’s Initiative

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College are to play a full part in the Action Johne's Initiative launched recently by the UK dairy industry.

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Scotland’s Rural College Urges Farmers to be Alert to Danger of Newly Calved Cows

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Experts from SRUC warn those working with livestock to take care. The spring calving period for Scotland’s beef herd has started and already people have been injured by cows with new born young.

SRUC Oatridge Premium Assured Strangles Scheme (PASS) Accreditation

SRUC Oatridge Stables’ Gains PASS Accreditation in UK Horse Disease Health Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 25th March 2015

The stable yard on the Oatridge campus of Scotland’s Rural College is the latest accredited to a UK wide scheme protecting horses from Strangles.

Grampian Food Awards 2015

Food and Drink Team do the Honours at Food Forum Awards

Published: Wednesday, 25th March 2015

The Food and Drink Team from SRUC played their usual active role in the recent Grampian Food Forum Awards, this time judging a category and congratulating the winner at the ceremony.

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SRUC Leads Research into Parasites of Organic Ruminants

Published: Wednesday, 25th March 2015

All three SRUC Divisions were represented at the initial meeting in Edinburgh of an SRUC led, EU funded, research project into the challenges parasites pose for organic farming.

Mike Wijnberg, SAC Consulting Managing Director

New SAC Consulting Managing Director Appointed

Published: Wednesday, 11th March 2015

The Board of SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College, has confirmed the appointment of Mike Wijnberg as the business’ new Managing Director.

Kirkton sheep in field

SRUC Vets Appeal for Considerate Dog Control as Lambing Time Approaches

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

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.

Technical Notes

SRUC Technical Notes Catalogue Extended and Revised

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

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.

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

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

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.

Events Will Support Kintyre and Gigha Dairy Producers

Published: Tuesday, 24th February 2015

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.

Dairy Skills Initiative

Success for Dairy Skills Trainee Andrew

Published: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

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: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

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.

Doug Bell speaks at New Cumnock New Entrants event

Keen Interest at New Cumnock New Entrants to Farming Meeting

Published: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

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: 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.

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

Published: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

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.

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

Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

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.

Organics Conference 2015

Scotland’s Organic Farmers Consider Prospects and Opportunities

Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

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: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

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.

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

Published: Monday, 9th February 2015

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: Monday, 9th February 2015

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.

Marabu harvesting, Cuba

Sweet Success for Scotland’s Rural College in Cuba

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

After four years work in Cuba a group including specialists from SRUC has finally achieved their goal, producing renewable energy while returning abandoned sugar cane land to food production.

Sheep and lambs in field

SRUC Vets Concerned at Rise in Incurable Viral Disease in Sheep

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Vets from Scotland’s Rural College believe many commercial sheep flocks could be threatened by a rise in the incurable viral disease Maedi Visna (MV).

Carfraemill SRUC-HGCA cereal event

Farmer Speakers a Hit at SRUC/HGCA Agronomy Events for Cereal Growers

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Innovative farmers explaining their ideas proved a highlight during recent cereal grower events organised Scotland’s Rural College and sector levy body HGCA.

Craig malone, new entrants

Two Events for Potential New Entrants to Farming in New Cumnock and Elgin

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Potential new entrants to farming can quiz those already having a go when they attend one of two meetings planned by SRUC in New Cumnock and Elgin.

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New External Quality Assessment Scheme for In-House Practice Analysers Launched by SAC Consulting

Published: Tuesday, 27th January 2015

A new, independent quality assessment service for veterinary practices using in-house biochemistry and haematology analysers is being offered by SAC Consulting Veterinary Services, part of SRUC.

New Cumnock Event for Potential New Entrants to Farming - Learn from Experience of Others

Published: Monday, 26th January 2015

Anyone interested in becoming a farmer can learn from industry specialists and the recent experience of Craig Malone, a Forestry Commission starter farmer, at New Cumnock on Tuesday 10 February.

Aberdeenshire farmers invited to free Roadshow event for latest information on CAP Reform

Published: Tuesday, 20th January 2015

Douglas Bell, SAC Consulting Senior Agricultural Consultant will be updating Aberdeenshire farmers with the latest information on CAP Reform at Thainstone Exchange, Inverurie on Wednesday 28 January.

Taking Stock - Scotland’s Organic Farmers Consider Prospects and Opportunities

Published: Monday, 19th January 2015

Scotland’s organic farmers and food producers will be in thoughtful mood as they gather at Lamancha for their annual conference on Thursday 5 February.

Huntly Farmer Gary Open to Ideas as he Hosts Farmers Meeting

Published: Monday, 19th January 2015

Huntly beef producer Gary Christie will talk about his own approach to efficient calf production when he welcomes visitors to the Midtown of Glass herd at 11am on Wednesday 4 February.

Free Soil Management Roadshows in Kirkwall and Wick

Published: Friday, 16th January 2015

Maximising the efficiency and accuracy of inputs should be a priority for any profitable farm business.

Oxford Farming Conference - Dave Nelson

Science and Technology Part of Oxford Conference Ambition

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

Smart Farming, definitions of sustainable intensification, calls for more near market research and knowledge exchange all featured strongly at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference.

Argentina feedlot

Elaine and Robert’s Argentine Adventure Supported by SRUC Trust Fund

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

SAC Consultants Elaine Henderson and Robert Ramsay found their recent study tour of Argentinian farming a real eye opener.

Potato Field rows

Innovation for Facing Potato Industry Challenges

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

With Scotland’s potato growers reeling from the fall in demand for fresh potatoes and low prices from over-supply, a conference in Perth will stress the positive messages for an important industry.

Farmland

SAC Consulting Urges Grazings Clerks to check the “Regions” Linked to new CAP Payments

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

Common Grazings Clerks in crofting areas are reminded that shareholders risk receiving reduced CAP payments if they don’t check the accuracy of details just issued by the Scottish Government.

Attention to Detail the Message from Strichen Farmer to NE Cereal Growers at Forthcoming Thainstone Event

Published: Monday, 5th January 2015

A passion for doing a good job and the rewards of paying close attention to detail will come across when a respected Strichen farmer explains his approach to successful cereal production on 21 Jan.

Colour spore, knowledge scotland, success stories

SRUC and University of Edinburgh ‘Most Powerful’ in UK Agricultural and Veterinary Research

Published: Thursday, 18th December 2014

Agricultural and veterinary research at SRUC and the University of Edinburgh has been ranked as most powerful in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Euan Fraser, SAC Consulting Potato Consultant

Euan Fraser the New Potato Specialist at SAC Consulting

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Euan Fraser has been appointed SAC Consulting’s Senior Potato Consultant.

Matthew Brown, Closing Conference in Chisinau

Matthew Signs off for SRUC in Moldova on a High

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

SAC Consultant and our man in Moldova Matthew Brown has successfully completed the EU project that he has worked on for 33 months.

BE-Efficient event

Busy Day at Beef Efficiency Event

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College were recently joined by partners in showcasing progress of research, much of it Scottish Government funded, in efficient beef production.

Malcolm Mitchell SMART Farming Event

SRUC SMART Farming Event Draws Crowd

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

The SMART farming technology showcase organised by the Research Division of Scotland’s Rural College drew an attentive crowd.

Barley field

Building Marketable Yields for Scottish Cereal Growers the Focus of HGCA/SRUC Series of Winter Events – Borders, Perth and Aberdeenshire

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Building yields will be the focus of three events for cereal growers, beginning in the Borders at The Lodge, Carfraemill on Tuesday 13 January.

The Health of Beef Cattle Key to Health of Orkney Beef Sector

Published: Tuesday, 16th December 2014

Two free meetings, planned for Orkney Beef farmers in early January by SAC Consulting, will consider some of the key health issues affecting production efficiency.

Beef Producers Warned Not to Miss Claim Deadline – Register Calves before end of December

Published: Wednesday, 10th December 2014

With new CAP arrangements coming into force, crofters and farmers with beef cattle have only a few days to register calves born under the previous regime, if they want to claim the cash due.

Improving Farm Performance with Efficient Use of Resources – SRUC Workshop for Working Farmers at Crichton, Dumfries

Published: Wednesday, 10th December 2014

With price pressures and reductions in CAP funding many farmers are looking hard at the efficiency of their businesses and the way they use resources like energy, nutrients, soil, slurry and water.

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Morrisons and SRUC Join Forces to Reduce Waste and Increase Taste in UK Lamb Production

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Tasting panels and the latest computerised scanning techniques are to be used in a research project between Morrisons and SRUC aimed at improving the eating quality and production of UK lamb.

Crichton Farm dairy cows

SRUC Dairy Research Published in America

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

SRUC research giving a snapshot of how UK dairy farmers house and feed their herds has been published in the official journal of the American Dairy Science Association.

Crop Science team members

Crop Club Partnerships Key to Improving Grain Quality in Malting Barley

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Progress with some of SRUC’s research of grain quality in malting barley was presented to the latest meeting of the BBSRC’s Crop Improvement Research Club.

Basil Lowman at Agriscot

Active at Agriscot

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

While SRUC students were winning Agriscot Business awards and accepting Winter Wheat Challenge trophies, Scotland’s Rural College was making further contributions to the successful event at Ingliston.

Highland farming

Advice on EU High Nature Value Farming

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

A consortium of continental researchers, including Professor Davy McCracken of SRUC, have had the importance of their research into High Nature Value Farming recognised by the European Commission.

Farming with Dyslexia poster

SAC Consulting Spreads Farming with Dyslexia Message

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

The offices of SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College, are playing their part in the national “Farming with Dyslexia” campaign, led by NFU Scotland.

Top Experts to Speak at Upcoming Beef Health Seminars

Published: Tuesday, 18th November 2014

SAC Consulting will be running a series of three Beef Health Seminars across the region at the beginning of December.

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SRUC Farm Meeting at Mintlaw Focuses on Suckler Cows – Their Fertility, Nutrition and Health

Published: Tuesday, 11th November 2014

Those attending a free event planned on Thursday 27 November will focus on the farm’s suckler cows and consider efficiencies linked to the fertility, nutrition and health of the herd.

Will 2015 be different for Farmers? - Wooler Meeting to Focus on New CAP, Business Planning and Market Updates

Published: Friday, 31st October 2014

With the harvest over and the autumn sales running their course this is a time for farmers to look forward.

Crichton Farm dairy cows

New SRUC Dairy Academy Offers More Expertise for Dairy Farmer Clients

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has enhanced its service to the dairy industry.

Hens eating drinking

New Monogastric Science Research Centre Launched in Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has launched a new Monogastric Science Research Centre, a focus for the College’s work on pigs and poultry, in particular bringing together vital research on nutrition.

PASS lab

New Centre for Surveillance and Identification of Emerging Diseases in Europe

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

As a member of the Easter Bush Research Consortium, SRUC is collaborating with animal health company Zoetis in a new European centre to identify emerging diseases in livestock and companion animals.

Ewe Management Event - Automated Shedder and Weigh Crate

Innovation in Ewe Management: Science into Practice

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

A recent Innovation in Ewe Management event, organised at Alyth by SAC Consulting, used the lessons learned from SRUC research to focus on practical ways to improve sheep flock efficiency and returns.

Teenager with chickens

Calling all Teenagers: Science needs YOU!

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Researchers in Edinburgh have been awarded £479,000 by the UK Government’s Rural Affairs Department (Defra) to study teenagers’ attitudes and behaviour towards animals.

Dairy Herd Health - the Focus of Falkirk Farm Event

Published: Monday, 27th October 2014

While the falling price of milk is bringing some groups of dairy farmers onto the streets in protest every producer is having to take a long hard look at their costs.

Highland farming

Upcoming Public Lectures Focus on Wildlife Biodiversity and Sustainable Farming

Published: Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Balancing biodiversity and climate change with the need to feed our growing population is a key focus of much of the research at Scotland’s Rural College.

First Meeting of the Uplands Farming Group

Published: Tuesday, 21st October 2014

This autumn SAC Consulting is launching a series of meetings targeted at upland farmers.

As Crofting Census Forms Arrive SAC Consulting Believe Most Clients Are Meeting Their Duties - But Remain Ready to Address Concerns

Published: Monday, 20th October 2014

As the Crofting Commission begins its inaugural census of crofters and common grazings, SAC Consulting staff are offering support should there be any concerns regarding completion of the new forms.

Beef Cattle the Focus of NE Farm Event, Featuring the “Great Beef Debate"

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

A free event on Tuesday 4 November at Easter Auquharney, Hatton near Peterhead will explore ways to improve the production efficiency and business returns of beef finishers.

Find out about the Future of Farming at SRUC’s Barony Campus!

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

The exciting science of modern day land use will be on display at the Future of Farming and Forestry Fun Day at SRUC Barony on Saturday 1 November.

Lord Jamie Lindsay, Professor Ian Boyd and Janet Swadling

SRUC Enjoying “the Most Exciting Period in its History”

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is enjoying one of the most exciting periods in its 100 year history, Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay has said.

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SRUC Part of New Sustainable Intensification Research Programme

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Scotland’s Rural College is one of 22 research organisations contributing to Defra’s new £4.2m series of projects investigating ways to increase production through sustainable intensification.

Swaledale Ewe and Lamb

Farmers Invited to First Meeting of New Initiative aimed at Boosting Productivity

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Yorkshire farmers are being invited to the launch of a new business support initiative run by SAC Consulting and funded through The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

St Fergus Event Focuses on Soil Management and Nutrient Efficiency

Published: Tuesday, 7th October 2014

The second phase of a series of six on-farm events focusing on soil management and nutrient efficiency will kick off at Ednie Farm, St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, on Thursday 16 October at 1.30pm. It is organised by specialists from SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College.

Lungworm

Lungworm Warning from SRUC Vets

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Farmers are warned to be on their guard for lungworm this year.

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SRUC Veterinary Services Launches New Test to Help Prevent Long Bone Deformity

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

SRUC’s Veterinary Services has launched a new test for measuring levels of the essential trace element manganese in cows to help reduce long bone deformity of their suckled calves.

Jennifer Brown at the Smallholder Festival 2014.

SRUC Shines at the Scottish Smallholder Festival

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Once again Scotland’s Rural College attended the annual Scottish Smallholder and Grower Festival in Lanark market this month.

David Keiley, Dairy Team,

Consultant David Keiley Heads the Dairy Team at Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Thursday, 18th September 2014

Dumfries-based David Keiley has been appointed Senior Dairy Specialist with SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College.

CAP Folder 2014

SAC Consulting Advises Farmers to Assess Impact of CAP Sooner rather than Later

Published: Thursday, 18th September 2014

Through its SAC Consulting division Scotland’s Rural College is encouraging farmers in Scotland to assess the impact of the coming CAP reforms sooner rather than later.

Christine Watson - Highlands Conference

Food Production in the Spotlight: Public Lectures in Aberdeen

Published: Thursday, 18th September 2014

With the question of food security a growing issue worldwide, two SRUC experts will deliver public lectures in Aberdeen which tackle one of the fundamentals when it comes to producing food.

Health and safety

SAC Consulting on Hand to Help with Farm Safety Measures

Published: Thursday, 18th September 2014

In light of recent publicity around farm accidents, SAC Consulting is reminding farmers that they are able to support them with any health and safety concerns.

Auchmore Farm, Climate Change Focus Farm

Profiting from Improved Efficiency - Ross-shire Farm Opens its Doors to Ideas

Published: Thursday, 18th September 2014

A livestock farming family are collaborating with two other Highland families in a Scottish Government- funded project aimed at improving farm efficiency and reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.

Get Your Rams Ready

Published: Tuesday, 16th September 2014

SAC Consulting, a division of Scotland’s Rural College, is holding a free open day focused on advising farmers on the health and fitness of their rams to ensure a successful tupping.

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Farmers Help Feed the Birds

Published: Wednesday, 10th September 2014

The RSPB, Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) and SAC Consulting plan to team up with farmers to help them improve the condition of their soil, and help increase the local wading bird population.

Focus Farm, John Kerr, Climate Change

Profiting from Improved Efficiency – Ayrshire Farm Opens its Doors to Ideas

Published: Wednesday, 10th September 2014

An Ayrshire dairy farm is making its contribution to a Scottish Government funded programme aimed at improving farm efficiency and reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.

Profiting from Improved Efficiency: Aberdeenshire Farm the Latest to Open its Doors to New Ideas

Published: Tuesday, 2nd September 2014

Aberdeenshire farmers at Nether Aden farm near Mintlaw will host the latest in a series of events helping local farmers explore ways to improve their business efficiency, on Thursday 9 October.

Tackling the Growing Problem of Horse Obesity

Published: Tuesday, 2nd September 2014

The vastly growing problem of horse obesity will be the subject of two free SAC Consulting events held in the north east in October.

Free Event on Looking After Livestock in Winter

Published: Tuesday, 2nd September 2014

Pneumonia vaccines and sheep and cattle inspections will be just two of the topics up for discussion at a Planning for Winter Success event in Caithness on 30 September.

Beef cows in the sun

Farmers Sought for Nationwide Dung Sampling Programme Investigating E. coli O157

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

Scientists from Scotland’s Rural College are inviting farmers’ help for a GB wide dung sample survey investigating the prevalence of E. coli O157 infection amongst cattle destined for the food chain.

Summer placement students for SRUC students with SAC Consulting

SRUC Students and SAC Consultants Gain from Summer Placement Programme

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

Third year students from Scotland’s Rural College have found summer placements in the College’s SAC Consulting Division incredibly helpful to both their studies and their future career prospects.

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Tackling the Growing Problem of Horse Obesity

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

The vastly growing problem of horse obesity will be the subject of three coming SAC Consulting events with the first held just outside Glasgow on Friday 29 August.

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New Round of Sheep Focus Farm Meetings Announced

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

Staff from the Kendal office of SAC Consulting are running a series of sheep focus farm meetings in Cumbria and Lancashire.

Equine Obesity workshops

Practical Event on Managing Grassland for Horses - Campbeltown

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

SAC Consulting, in conjunction with the British Horse Society Scotland, is running a workshop on restoring and managing grassland for horses.

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Scottish Enterprise "Life Changing" Rural Leadership Programme Open for Applications

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

The highly successful Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership programme is seeking its latest group of recruits.

Dave Ross (right) speaks to Bill Gates (centre)

SRUC and the University of Edinburgh Demonstrate Promising Livestock Genetics

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SRUC and the University of Edinburgh showcased their research and development work on livestock breeding and genetics during a learning visit from Bill Gates, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

CPD Vets

North Yorkshire Focus Farm Hosts Sheep Lameness Trial

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

The issue of antibiotics versus trimming as a means of controlling lameness in sheep is often debated, so a new trial at Marrick Abbey Farm in North Yorkshire, aims to shed light on the best approach.

Crichton dairy cow and calf

Free Dairy Herd Health Meetings in SW Scotland

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (part of SRUC) is organising two free on-farm meetings in South West Scotland focusing on dairy herd health and production.

Farmer Feeding Sheep

New Project Will Support Yorkshire Dales Farmers

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SAC Consulting has won £50,000 of funding from the Prince’s Countryside Fund for a two-year project to help Yorkshire Dales farmers get the most from their businesses.

Ramularia

New Finding in Fight Against Ramularia Leaf Spot

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Researchers at the John Innes Centre and SRUC have found that barley plants which are tolerant to drought also have improved resistance to Ramularia leaf spot.

Farmers at Kilmalaug

SAC Consulting Holds Beef Workshop in Kilmalaug

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

More than 30 local farmers and crofters attended the recent SAC Consulting Suckler Cow and Bull Management Workshop in Kilmalaug, Skye.

Douglas Shearer and Matthew Brown in Moldova

SRUC Creates Lasting Impact on Agriculture in Russia and Moldova

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Two SRUC experts have been lending their knowledge recently to farmers and those in the agriculture industry in Russia and Moldova.

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SRUC Graduation Ceremony 2014

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

More than 160 graduands attended the Scotland’s Rural College graduation ceremony on 11 July 2014 at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Nigel Miller Graduation 2014

SRUC Honorary Fellowship Awarded to Nigel Miller, President NFUS

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Nigel Miller, President of NFU Scotland, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Scotland’s Rural College.

Lutz Bunger Graduation 2014

SRUC Growth Genetics Expert Dr Lutz Bunger Becomes a Professor

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Dr Lutz Bunger, was conferred as Professor of Growth Genetics at SRUC’s Graduation ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 11 July 2014.

Simon Turner Graducation 2014

Recognition for SRUC Expert on Animal Behaviour and Aggressiveness – A Readership for Dr Simon Turner

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Dr Simon Turner, an internationally recognised expert on aggressiveness in farm animals was awarded a Readership by Scotland’s Rural College.

Gavin Hill Graduation 2014

Gavin Hill Receives SRUC Award for Contributions to Scotland’s Beef and Sheep Industries

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Gavin Hill, Assistant Regional Manager for SAC Consulting, is the latest recipient of the RC Stewart Prize.

Lou Ralph Graduation 2014

Aberdeen Lecturer Lou Voted Tops by SRUC Students – Teaching Excellence Award at Craibstone Campus

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Lecturer Dr Lou Ralph was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award by students from Scotland’s Rural College in Aberdeen.

Patrick Hughes, Jonathan Cowens and David Lamb

New Board Set to Strengthen SAC Consulting

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has announced new developments in relation to its consultancy division, SAC Consulting.

Siobhan with dog Belle

Lending an Ear as Important as Lending a Hand for Farm Book Keeper Siobhan

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

It may be hard to find a listening bank these days but Siobhan Stainton’s clients often call her the “Listening Book Keeper”.

Humpback whale, Mull

Humpback Whale Post Mortem Suggests Entanglement in Salmon Farm

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

SRUC vets believe that a young humpback whale found drowned off the coast of Mull died after swimming into a fish farm.

Lleyn at Kirkton

Maedi Visna (MV) – Is the Sheep Industry Listening?

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Vets from Scotland’s Rural College are appealing to sheep farmers across the UK to be alert to an increasing threat from Maedi Visna (MV); an incurable viral disease of sheep.

RHS 2014

SRUC Interactive at the Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Interactivity, high tech farming, Trolley the Sheep and chocolate all played their part in a busy and successful Royal Highland Show for Scotland’s Rural College.

Inverarity Prize 2014

SRUC Food Experts Awarded Inverarity Prize

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Two Aberdeen-based senior food consultants with Scotland’s Rural College, David Lamb and Patrick Hughes, have been awarded the 2014 Inverarity Prize.

Chocolate Trail

Chocolate in SRUC’s Suite of Events

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

SRUC’s Highland Show stand was the venue for the launch, by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead MSP, of Scotland’s Chocolate Trail.

Crown Estate School Trophy

SRUC Bat Boxes help Award Winning Ayrshire Primary School

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Bat boxes built with the help of Students from SRUC's Ayr Campus contributed to Dreghorn primary school’s “Scotland’s Finest Woods Award” presented on the Crown Estate's stand at the Highland Show.

Crop trials

Open Day at Scotland’s Oldest Crop Rotation Trial in Aberdeen

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Trial plots on the Aberdeen Campus of Scotland’s Rural College have been providing important information for farmers, growers and researchers since 1922.

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SRUC Showcases Smart Farming at the Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

The displays have been printed, the staff rota is complete, and the pavilion stands ready, awaiting the thousands of visitors who will pour through the doors over the next few days.

Chocolate cherry truffle

New Chocolate Trail to be Launched at this year’s Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead will launch Scotland’s Chocolate Trail at the Royal Highland Show on Friday.

Tim Kneale shooting

SAC Consultant Hits World Record Target

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

SAC Consultant, Tim Kneale, recently returned to Scotland as a clay pigeon world record holder.

Jemma Black and Magali Tuke Rural Connect Farming Education Pack

Down on the Farm – a Different Approach to Learning!

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

A West Lothian project has joined forces with Broxburn Primary School to produce a new Farming in West Lothian education pack.

SRUC Comment on CAP Reform Announcement

Published: Wednesday, 11th June 2014

Following today’s announcement by Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP, SRUC makes the following comments.

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Horse Owners Head Start on Disease Protection

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Everyone from private horse owners to those managing commercial yards received key advice on avoiding a disease threat during the recent Welfare Conference in Bristol.

Elmwood Campus receiving CIS Excellence in Hospitality Award

Elmwood Team Wins Excellence in Hospitality Education Award

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

The Hospitality education provided by the Elmwood Campus of Scotland’s Rural College was ranked first in the recent Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards.

Chinese delegation - Signing MOU

SRUC Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese University

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has formalised a bond with Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University following the recent signing in Edinburgh of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Peter Wragg - Veterinary Microbiology Workshop

Vets and Scientists Gather for Skills Update

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Nearly fifty delegates and speakers from a range of organisations gathered at the Edinburgh Campus of Scotland’s Rural College recently for a Veterinary Microbiology Workshop.

Richard Lochhead MSP - Climate Change Focus Farms launch

Next Round of Farming for a Better Climate Launched

Published: Thursday, 29th May 2014

The next round of Farming for a Better Climate, a scheme to help farmers reduce their carbon footprint, has been a launched with additional Government funding.

Julian Bell AgRE Calc

AgRE Calc - Scotland’s Rural College Launches New Web-Based Tool for Measuring Efficiency of Resource Use

Published: Thursday, 29th May 2014

A new web based tool for farmers needing to know how efficiently they are using resources has been launched by the Consulting Division of Scotland’s Rural College.

Grass Tech - Phil Wrigglesworth leads nitrate testing session

Aberdeen Campus Joins the SRUC GrassTech Team

Published: Thursday, 29th May 2014

A number of staff from Scotland’s Rural College were on duty at the successful Grass Tech Event held near Elgin by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society.

Peacock butterfly

Solving the Pollination Problem

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

A researcher from Scotland’s Rural College has embarked on a long-term study which aims to increase insect pollinators in commercial orchards.

Liver fluke cycle

Don’t Get Careless Over Liver Fluke

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

Vets from SRUC warn sheep farmers that while liver fluke epidemics may have failed to hit the headlines during this recent winter, they have not disappeared and should not be forgotten.

Hens eating drinking

SRUC Ayr Offers One Day Course for Potential Poultry Keepers

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

With home poultry keeping increasingly popular amongst both country and town dwellers Scotland’s Rural College is organising a one day course near Ayr for those who would like to know more.

Eileen Wall Award

Leading Geneticist Recognised for Contribution to UK Dairy Profitability

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

A leading animal geneticist from Scotland’s Rural College has been presented with a prestigious award for her contribution to the livestock industry.

Tractor grass cutting

SRUC Fields Strong Team at GrassTech

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

SRUC researchers and lecturers will join colleagues from SAC Consulting at GrassTech, the specialist grassland event held near Elgin by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society, on Tuesday 27 May.

Keira Williamson - Barony Open Day

Something for Everyone at the SRUC Barony Campus Open Day!

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

Get ready for a family day filled with fun and adventure at the SRUC Barony Campus Open Day!

Leatherjacket

Leatherjacket Numbers at Record Levels – Grassland Across Scotland Under Threat as Insects Attack Roots

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Farmers, groundsmen and park keepers across Scotland are warned leatherjacket densities are at their highest recorded levels in 39 years.

Offshore windfarm, Dumfires & Galloway

Local Communities Need Support as Wind Energy Projects Grow

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

A new briefing by Crichton Institute warns that Dumfries and Galloway is predicted to soon be responsible for 18% of Scotland’s onshore wind energy capacity.

Kirkton lambs

Sheep Farmers Warned Nematodirus Gut Worms Already Killing Lambs

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Sheep farmers and veterinary practices are warned that a fatal infection with Nematodirus battus gut worms has just been diagnosed in a lamb sent for post mortem to our St Boswells Veterinary Centre.

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SRUC-SEPA Conference – Delivering Multiple Lessons About Land Use

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Progress is being made in drawing together the issues involved in making better use of our land, but there is more to do in developing our understanding of, and communication about, pressures.

Fiona Bannerman

Fiona off to NZ After Farmers Club Awards

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Fiona Bannerman, a Veterinary Investigation Officer working at SRUC’s Inverness Disease Surveillance Centre, is to study health issues linked to Kiwi Deer Farming.

Dancing Cows - Oatridge Farm Open Day

Bigger, Better, Beefier Farm Open Day - SRUC Oatridge Campus Welcomes Visitors

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

The Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College, in collaboration with Rural Connect are throwing open the gates again for the 2014 Farm Open Day!

Ann Burns - Oatridge Lantra day

Getting the Message across about the Land-based Sector

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

SRUC and Lantra recently ran a very successful careers seminar at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College.

Dairy Student of the Year 2014 - Andrew Taylor

Scotland’s Rural College Student from Ayrshire Takes National “Dairy Student of the Year” Title – RABDF/De Lacy Executive Award

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Andrew Taylor, a second year student studying BSc (Hons) Agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College in Ayr has won the prestigious Dairy Student of the Year competition.

John Vipond, Senior Sheep Consultant

John Vipond Shares Sheep Industy Award for Outstanding Contribution

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

SRUC’s Senior Sheep Consultant Dr John Vipond recently became a joint winner of the George Hedley Memorial Award, presented for services to the sheep industry by the National Sheep Association.

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First Case of Cattle Scab Found in Scotland - SRUC Urges Farmers to be Vigilant

Published: Tuesday, 25th March 2014

The first case of cattle scab to be confirmed in Scotland since the early 1980s has been diagnosed by vets at SAC Consulting’s St Boswells Veterinary Investigation Centre.

Matthew Brown (left) with Mrs Aliona Vasilica and Mark Ballingall in Moldova

The Scotland’s Rural College Man in Moldova Stands in for the Ambassador

Published: Friday, 21st March 2014

Consultancy staff from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) need to be adaptable but for Matthew Brown flexibility has meant going beyond even the normal call of duty.

Two Local Events to look at Pre Lambing and Soil Management

Published: Monday, 10th March 2014

Both livestock and soils have suffered from the adverse weather over the winter.

Free Renewables Event for Farmers Will Show Wind Power isn’t Everything

Published: Monday, 10th March 2014

A free event on Wednesday 19 March will raise awareness of the many possibilities renewable energy can offer to farmers and crofters in Orkney.

Liver fluke cycle

Scottish Scientists Working to Reduce the Incidence of Liver Fluke

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are working on a new a new campaign to tackle a disease in cattle that costs the UK economy £300m each year.

Richard Lochhead, New Entrants, douglas bell

Importance of Support for New Entrants Emphasized at Farmer Gathering

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead was one of many who emphasized the need to support new farmers at a recent New Entrants to Farming Gathering held at Murrayfield.

Dairy visit

Journey South for Scottish Dairy Farmers Proves Rewarding

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Over 5,500 dairy cows in north central Scotland stand to benefit from what their owners learned recently on a journey to the south west of England organised by SAC Consulting.

Sheep scanner

Reducing Waste and Increasing Meat Yield in Lambs - New CT Trial of Texel Sired Lambs by SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College have begun a trial to test the effectiveness of using a CT scanner for selecting rams which sire lambs with an increased yield of useable meat.

Expert Advice for Growing Your Food Business

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

SRUC’s Food and Drink Team is encouraging Scottish food and drink businesses to sign up for a conference which will help them reach new markets at home and abroad.

Student farmers

Information and Inspiration the Aim of Gathering for New Entrants to Farming

Published: Wednesday, 5th February 2014

A special gathering is to be held at Murrayfield on Wednesday 26 February for anyone who has just become a farmer or for those wanting to be.

New Soil Research Looks at Adding Good Bugs to Oust the Bad

Published: Wednesday, 5th February 2014

SRUC and the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc), have begun a research project that will help growers and gardeners improve their soil by encouraging beneficial soil organisms.

Drumblair Event Helping Farmers Decide Future Options for Their Beef Herd

Published: Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Wigtownshire’s mixed landscape and climate has helped it become an important area for Scottish Beef production.

Performance Management for Flockmasters – Free Farmers Event at SRUC’s Crianlarich Research Farms

Published: Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Farming is facing change, not only from the climate, as recent events have shown, but next year the way the Common Agricultural Policy works in Scotland will also be very different.

Managing Soil and Slurry – Farmer Event Considers How to Avoid Pollution and Maximise Benefits of Natural Nutrients

Published: Tuesday, 4th February 2014

Ayrshire farmers may not be suffering like those in Somerset but the recent storms in south west Scotland means plenty of local fields are waterlogged.

Cow and calf

SRUC Experts Predict an Increase in Calving Difficulties This Spring - Farmers Should Act Now

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College are warning livestock farmers that one downside of last year’s excellent summer is the risk their cows are overfat as they approach calving time.

Cows at Dumfries

How Science in Farming is Feeding the World: Public Lectures in Edinburgh

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Two experts from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are to deliver public lectures in Edinburgh on the crucial science of breeding healthy and productive livestock.

SRUC Crop trials

SRUC Announces Latest List of Recommended Cereal Varieties

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

The latest recommendations on cereal varieties are now available to growers on the Scotland’s Rural College website.

Organic farm walk

Organic Farmers in Positive Mood as they Meet in the Borders for Annual Conference

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Scotland’s organic farmers gather in the Borders on Thursday 6 February for their annual conference in a positive frame of mind.

Woodchip boiler

Stirling Event Looks at Lower Energy Bills, Quality Timber and Smaller Carbon Footprint

Published: Tuesday, 21st January 2014

The contribution wood fuel and biomass have made to a Stirling arable farm with a diversified horse livery business will be the focus of a meeting planned for Tuesday 11 February.

Sow

New Research Funding for Tackling Aggression in Pigs

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have been awarded £580,000 to study possible ways to reduce pig aggression, to improve welfare and the economic benefits to farmers.

Newborn Jersey calf

New Advice on Feeding Beef Cows to Avoid Prolonged Calvings and Risk of Losses

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

To avoid the risk to beef calves from a prolonged calving SRUC experts now recommend feeding pregnant cows an enhanced ration 2-3 weeks before giving birth.

Stranded sperm whale Joppa

SRUC and the Sperm Whale

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Time and tide wait for no man and in the case of Inverness based SRUC vet Andrew Brownlow the New Year tide at Joppa washed up a dead 26 tonne sperm whale.

Julian Bell - HGCA/SRUC Agronomy Workshop 2014

Workshop Series for Arable Farmers Begins in the Borders

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Farmers attending the first of the series of SRUC-HGCA agronomy workshops went home with a lot to think about.

Gavin Hill

Gavin Joins Beef Industry Action Group

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

SAC Consulting Senior Beef Specialist Gavin Hill is one of a group of industry experts who will join Beef 2020, an initiative announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

Kirkton sheep with lambs

2013: A Busy Year for SRUC's Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Thousands of West Highland Way walkers pass through SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre farms every year.

Finding Alternatives to Straw Bedding - Borders Event Looks at Different ways to Keep Beef Cattle Indoors

Published: Tuesday, 14th January 2014

Traditionally generations of Scottish farmers have bedded their cattle with straw during the long winter months spent indoors and out of the elements.

Woodchip boiler

Tarbolton Event Looks at Lower Energy Bills, Quality Timber and Smaller Carbon Footprint

Published: Monday, 13th January 2014

The contribution woodfuel and biomass have made to an Ayrshire family dairy farm will be the focus of a meeting planned for Tuesday 21 January.

Kirkton sheep in snow

Preparing for a Good Lambing – Thainstone Meeting to Stress the Importance of Taking Action Now

Published: Monday, 13th January 2014

At a free meeting at Thainstone Mart on Monday 20 January sheep farmers will be reminded that the legacy of the tough winter of 2012-13 could still affect this coming lambing season.

Newborn Jersey calf

Farmers’ Meeting Will Underline the Importance of Colostrum for Newborn Livestock

Published: Wednesday, 8th January 2014

SAC Consulting is hosting a farmers’ meeting at Thainstone Mart on Monday 13 January to highlight the importance of both pre and post natal care for healthy cows and calves.

Resilient Soils on the Agenda for Scottish Cereal Growers Workshops run by HGCA/SRUC

Published: Tuesday, 17th December 2013

The importance of good soil health and structure will be a key discussion point during the cereal growers workshops planned for the New Year.

New Research to Shed Light on Light Leaf Spot

Published: Tuesday, 17th December 2013

New research at Scotland’s Rural College is seeking to discover better ways to predict an outbreak of light leaf spot in oilseed rape crops.

PASS Karecole Livery

Scottish Livery Yard the First in the UK to be Accredited Under New Strangles Health Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 11th December 2013

A livery yard at West Linton, in the Scottish Borders, is the first in the UK to become accredited under a new scheme to protect horses and premises from a debilitating and highly contagious disease.

Slurry application

Changes to Scotland NVZ Rules in January 2014 – SRUC Warns Farmers to be Ready

Published: Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College have issued a reminder that from January 1 farmers working within Scotland’s Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) face regulation changes.

Joseph Williams - 2013 AgriScot Business Skills Winner

SRUC Student’s Business Skills Shone Through at Agriscot

Published: Thursday, 28th November 2013

Joseph Williams, a student at SRUC’s Ayr Campus, won the recent AgriScot Business Skills competition, impressing the judges with his critical appraisal of a new agriculture product.

Children in Need 2013

SRUC as One(sies) About Children in Need

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2013

Staff and students have fun for Children in Need.

Kirkton sheep

Report Highlights Potential to Improve Sheep Meat Supply Chain Efficiencies

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2013

Iain Riddell and Kev Bevan from SAC Consulting led a pilot project identifying opportunities for the Scottish sheep sector to add value, reduce waste and become more competitive and profitable.

Mind the Gap Conference

New Diffuse Pollution Guidelines for Farmers Launched

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

This week's Mind the Gap conference saw the launch of new guidelines which aim to raise awareness of diffuse pollution regulations.

FFBC round up Meeting

Minister Hears Climate Friendly Farming Can Save Money

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead MSP heard that climate friendly farming can save money when he attended the recent round up meeting of the Farming for a Better Climate Initiative.

Oatridge Campus - Cattle Shed

Beware Pneumonia - SRUC Warns Farmers to Think Now About Respiratory Disease in Young Cattle

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Vets from Scotland’s Rural College are reminding farmers to beware of pneumonia in young stock.

14 CT Scanning Sequence

Transforming Data into Profit - SRUC Contributes to Sheep Breeders’ Round Table

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Specialists from Scotland’s Rural College played an active part in the latest, biennial, Sheep Breeders Round Table held near Nottingham.

Katie Morag - Kate MacMillan

SRUC Family takes on Katie Morag

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

The SAC Consulting office in Stornoway has been taking a particular interest in BBC Scotland’s new Katie Morag series (CBeebies, on Sundays).

Planning for Profit

SRUC Delivers Planning for Profit Initiative

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

SRUC consultants will be attending a series of roadshow events as part of a new Planning For Profit initiative aimed at helping farmers adjust their businesses for life after the new CAP reforms.

Pitch investigation

St Fergus Event Starts National Programme of Farm Meetings Focusing on Soil Management and Nutrient Efficiency

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

The first of a series of seven on-farm events focusing on soil management and nutrient efficiency takes place at Ednie Farms, St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, on Tuesday 12 November at 1.30pm.

Sheep handling

Animal Keeping for Smallholders Course at Balfron a Good Start to the Series

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

Ten budding smallholders spent the afternoon practicing catching, turning and weighing sheep in Balfron recently.

Muirburn

Avoiding Problems with Muirburn and Wildlife Legislation

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

The risks bad muirburn management poses for moorland, and the potential of prosecution for landowners whose staff break the law, will be highlighted during a free event planned by experts from SRUC.

SAC Consulting Event Highlights Importance of Good Soil Management

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

SAC Consulting, a Division of Scotland’s Rural College, is running an event on agricultural pollution at Oban Livestock Centre on 14 November.

Wildflower grassland management

A Practical Event for Skye Farmers and Crofters Focuses on Grassland Improvement

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

With costs rising farmers and crofters across the country are having to make the most of their natural resources and that is equally true on Skye.

Cows standing in field

Moniaive Event for Beef Farmers - Health and Efficiency of Beef Calf Production

Published: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

What a difference a year makes for farmers! Silage clamps have been filled and hay stores refilled. Meanwhile calves and lambs have performed well, with good grass and the sun on their backs.

Farmers Weekly Awards 2013

Hugh McClymont - Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Wigtownshire’s Hugh McClymont, Farm Manager at Scotland’s Rural Colleges Crichton Royal Farm in Dumfries was declared Dairy Farmer of the Year in the Farmers Weekly 9th annual awards ceremony.

Farm Management Handbook 2013/14

Shift in Livestock Margins in 34th Farm Management Handbook

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

SAC Consulting’s 34th Farm Management Handbook is now available.

Sheep

Animal Health in Highlands and Islands - Free Meetings for Farmers and Crofters

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Liver fluke and livestock foot care are just two of the items on the agenda at free animal health meetings being organised in the Highlands and Islands by SAC Consulting.

Smallholders Festival

SRUC Stand Busy at Lanark Smallholders Festival

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Staff from SRUC and SAC Consulting had a busy day at the Smallholders Festival, held this year in Lanark Auction mart.

Burning wood on grate

New Training Programme Offers Woodfuel Producers a Bright Future

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

A new European training programme has been launched which, in the UK, will help woodfuel producers meet the anticipated boom in demand created by the Renewable Heat Incentive.

calves, success stories, knowledge scotland

SRUC Updates Advice on Avoiding Long Bone Deformity in Calves

Published: Monday, 30th September 2013

Experts at Scotland’s Rural College have revised their advice to farmers encountering Long Bone Deformity in their calves.

Beef cattle

Open Isle of Man Meeting for Dairy and Suckler Beef Farmers

Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2013

The health and welfare of Manx beef and dairy cattle will be the focus of an open farmers meeting at the Creg-Ny-Baa, just north of Douglas, on the morning of Thursday 10 October.

Greenshields herd

SRUC Vets Warn of Blackleg Increase in Caithness Area

Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Scotland’s Rural College vets are warning farmers about a rise in the incidence of Blackleg in cattle in the Caithness area.

Horse event

Getting Great Grass for Grazing (Horses)

Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Horses and their pastures were the subject of a recent SAC Consulting event held at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus in West Lothian.

Produce

Healthy Appetite for Scotland’s Community Food Fund

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

Eighteen local food and drink initiatives are toasting their success after winning grants totalling more than £100,000 from the new Scottish Community Food Fund (CFF).

Cattle drinking by a river

New Approaches to Watering Cattle Without Environmental Damage to Rivers and Burns

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

The innovative efforts of two Borders farmers to prevent their cattle drinking from open water courses will feature at a free event at Brockholes Farm near Grantshouse at 10.30am on Tuesday 1 October.

Sowerbys beaked whale stranded

SRUC Vet Responds to Rare Whale Stranding on St Kilda

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

A vet from the SRUC-led Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme responded when the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) reported a rarely seen Sowerby’s beaked whale and its calf had become stranded.

Dundee cake bakers

Piece of Cake for SAC Food and Drink

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

Scotland’s Rural College food marketing experts are involved with a move to protect the name of Dundee Cake through the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) scheme.

Stranded pilot whale

Whale Stranding Link Investigated

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

Specialist vets at Scotland’s Rural College have been investigating whether there is a connection between three whale strandings which occurred off Scotland’s east coast over the past few week.

Grazing ponies

Grassland Management for Horses

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

SAC Consulting, in conjunction with the British Horse Society (BHS) Scotland, is running a workshop on restoring and managing grassland for horses on 20 September at SRUC Oatridge Campus.

Campbeltown Meeting on Maintaining Milk Quality

Published: Wednesday, 28th August 2013

Mastitis Control Advice for Dairy Farmers.

Latest SAC Consulting Disease Roadshows: Lochaber and Skye

Published: Wednesday, 28th August 2013

Liver fluke and Schmallenberg Virus will be on the agenda at two SAC Consulting animal health meetings for farmers and crofters next week - one in Lochaber on 4 September and two on Skye on 7 Sep.

Fighting Fluke with SAC Consulting

Published: Wednesday, 21st August 2013

The growing problem of liver fluke will be the focus of a free farmers’ meeting at Nistigar on Westray next week (27 August), organised by SAC Consulting (a Division of Scotland’s Rural College).

Potatoes in Practice 2013

Record numbers at Potatoes in Practice

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

This year’s Potatoes in Practice event was described as the best ever.

Drinking water open day

Keeping Livestock Out of Watercourses Proves a Hot Topic in Ayrshire

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

The efforts a farming family from Ochiltree in Ayrshire are making to keep their cattle from polluting a burn drew a large and interested crowd to a recent event organised by Scotland’s Rural College.

Grazing Regeneration Project Oatridge

Oatridge Grazing Regeneration Project

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Over 70 farmers attended the latest progress report on the grazing regeneration project at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College.

Liver fluke cycle

SRUC Joins Partners in Liver Fluke Action Pilot

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Vets from SAC Consulting are working with partners from the Moredun Research Institute on a Scottish Government supported pilot project, aimed at addressing the spread of Liver Fluke across Scotland.

Stirling Farm Event looks at Health and Efficiency of Scotland’s Beef Calf Production.

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Even farmers are enjoying the good weather, with lush, green grass and calves and lambs growing fast, with the sun on their backs.

Professor Bob Webb, SRUC Chief Executive & Principal

SRUC Welcomes UK ‘Agri-Tech’ Strategy

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

SRUC’s Principal and Chief Executive has welcomed this week’s launch of the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy.

Cattle drinking by a river

Ayrshire Farm Trials New Approaches to Watering Cattle Without Damaging Rivers and Burns

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

The innovative efforts an Ayrshire farming family are making to avoid their cattle polluting a burn will feature at a free event on Orchardton Farm near Ochiltree at 12.30 pm on Thursday 1st August.

Waitrose visit

Waitrose Wowed by SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

A group from the Waitrose Farming Partnership ambled up north this week to visit Scotland’s Rural College.

Liver fluke cycle

On the Road in the Fight Against Parasites

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Vets from Scotland’s Rural College are embarking on a road show around the Highlands and Islands over the coming months to support sheep farmers in their battle against parasites.

Chainsaw

Last chance for low-cost training under ‘Rural Skills Cumbria’

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

A scheme aimed at helping Cumbria’s rural workforce enhance its skills and knowledge is seeking more participants before it closes this Autumn.

Seamus Donnelly at Wigton

A Final Hurrah for Spy It, Try It, Buy It

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Three hundred Cumbrian farmers attended the final Spy It, Try It, Buy It event organised by SAC Consulting’s Kendal Office.

Sheep

Oatridge Sheep Event Addresses Threats to our Flocks

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

With new and emerging diseases, parasite epidemics and the long term legacy of appalling weather the sheep industry is facing major challenges.

Grassland

Grassland Event at Oatridge

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2013

While the recent outstanding summer sunshine has done much to brighten the mood of farmers across the country the problems underlying their pastures remain.

Game fair stand

SRUC Success in the Game Fair Sunshine

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Staff from both the Consultancy and Education Divisions of SRUC report a very positive response to the two initiatives they were launching at the recent Scottish Game Fair at Scone.

Great Yorkshire Show 2013

Consultants Join Education at Great Yorkshire Show

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Once again SRUC staff were on duty outside Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Show.

SRUC Celebrates Success!

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

On a softly shimmering July day, in the elegant confines of Glasgow University’s Bute Hall, over a thousand happy souls sat; joy mingled with anxiety which bumped up against sheer unadulterated relief

Flags in field

Farmers need to see the value in going green

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

The way farmers are being urged to tackle climate change has been challenged by SRUC researchers in a paper published in prestigious journal Nature Climate Change.

It’s Awards Season at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

The first Honorary Fellowship of Scotland’s Rural College was one of several awards given to many deserving people on a glorious graduation day in July.

Elmwood Campus

Cupar Consulting Office Moves Across to Elmwood

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

The SAC Consulting office in Cupar has changed location.

Farming futures

Scotland’s Rural College Joins Centre of Excellence for UK Farming

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

SRUC has become a partner in the Centre of Excellence for UK Farming (CEUKF), an agri-food supply-chains alliance to help UK farming address production and sustainability challenges.

RICS logo

SRUC and RICS Agree New Accredited Degree Course in Scotland for Surveyors and Land Agents

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has approved a new degree course from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), designed for those keen to work in estate management, land and estate agency.

Farmland

Guide to CAP reforms from SRUC Rural Policy Centre

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Staff linked to the Rural Policy Centre of Scotland’s Rural College were busy in the aftermath of the agreement in Brussels over the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Flying duck

Game Fair Launch of New Estate Management Service from Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Consultants from Scotland’s Rural College will launch a new Estate Management Service at the Scottish Game Fair.

Cereals in Practice 2013

Cereals in Practice a Sodden Success

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Persistent rain didn’t deter about one hundred hardy souls gathering for this year’s Cereals in Practice event, but farmers will be hoping to see a lot more sunshine this month.

Jonathan Grayshon - Thirsk SAC Consulting office

A New Advisory Hub in Thirsk for Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Local man Jonathan Grayshon is to lead a new farm advisory service for North Yorkshire and Humberside.

Dr Mizeck Chagunda with laser methane detector

Laser methane detectors offer a new, fast and accurate way to record methane output of cattle

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College have explained how Laser Methane Detectors (LMD) could provide a quick but reliable method of estimating of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from livestock.

All Smiles at the Highland Show!

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

With a new name, a revamped pavilion and (mainly) sunny weather, it was odds on this year’s Royal Highland Show would be a success, and it certainly was.

Schmallenberg virus

Third Schmallenberg Virus Case in Aberdeenshire

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

A third case of case of Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) has been confirmed in Aberdeenshire.

Borders Farmers Must Look Forward – Arable Event at Whitsome

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Borders farmers are being urged to take their minds off the legacy of two of the most difficult growing seasons on record and look forward as they make their plans for next year.

Schmallenberg virus

Schmallenberg Case in Aberdeenshire Beef Herd

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

A case of Schmallenberg Disease (SBV) has been confirmed in a calf born to a homebred, suckler heifer on a farm outside Aberdeen.

Horse standing at fence

New Health Scheme for Horses Aims to Control Strangles Disease

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

A new, UK wide, health scheme addressing the threat to horses from the disease Strangles has been launched by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

CLA lump on a ewe

Sheep Breeders Urged to Test Sheep For CLA Disease Before Sales

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

With sheep shearing underway and the first of the season’s ram sales soon, experts from SRUC recommend that, in preparation for the sale, UK breeders test their sheep for CLA or caseous lymphadenitis.

Egg stall with customer

Community Food Fund Opens For Business

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

The Community food Fund is open for applications.

David Colthart

Young Shepherds Win Trip to France

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

Two SRUC “students” are to represent Scotland in the national finals of the Young Shepherd of the Year competition.

Campbeltown Consultants Welcome Ayrshire Cattle Breeders

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

John Forster SAC Consulting’s man at the end of the Kintyre peninsular was one of those welcoming a visit to Argyle by over 100 members of the Ayrshire Cattle Society.

Experts on hand to help sheep farmers save time and money at North Sheep

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

SAC Consulting experts will be on hand to offer advice on coping with this year’s severe grass shortage at North Sheep near Harrogate on Wednesday 5th June.

Running lambs, knowledge scotland, success stories,

Yet Another Threat to Lambs – Warning of Nematodirus Infection as Temperatures Climb

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Vets from Scotland’s Rural College fear young lambs are at risk from a mass hatch of Nematodirus battus worms they expect in the next few weeks.

Farm Machinery Lectures

Students Collaborate in Search for Ways to Improve Damaged Grazing

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Work by students at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College will advise farmers on ways to quickly restore grassland and grazing badly damaged by months of poor weather.

Farmers visiting cereal trials site near Duns

Getting to Know SRUC: The Crop Protection Team

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

SRUC’s Crop Protection team is part of the Crop and Soil Systems Research Group.

Meeting to Discuss Falkland Estate “New Farmer Project”

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Staff from the Elmwood campus of Scotland’s Rural College are providing technical and business advice for a scheme exploring a way for new entrants to get into food production.

Coping with the Lack of Spring Grass

Published: Wednesday, 8th May 2013

As the grass slowly gets greener and begins to grow farmers across the country are sighing with relief as they let their cattle out of the sheds they have been living in for far too long.

Fluke Problem Forecast to get Worse

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Farmers and Crofters hoping the suffering liver fluke is presently causing their sheep and cattle won't be repeated should take note of future forecasts.

Forecasting Flystrike Online - Farmers asked to Help

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

A new web-based early warning service to help farmers decide when to protect their sheep from flies has been launched by the National Sheep Association and Scotland’s Rural College.

New Way to APPly to Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

For the first time this year SRUC’s 2014 undergraduate prospectus can be downloaded as an app, from the App Store or Google Play.

Potato Roguers

Join the Disease Police and Back a Scottish Industry Worth £221m – Spend the Summer as a Tattie Roguer

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Scotland’s seed potato growers are on the lookout for qualified Tattie Roguers!

New woodland planting

About SRUC: Advising on woodland and forestry planting

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

SAC Consulting’s Forestry Unit has recently expanded to four with the arrival of Craig Dinwoodie at the Stirling FRBS office in May of last year.

Lifetime Service Award for Former Principal

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

A sheep fair at St Boswells in 1977 began a series of events which led to former SAC Principal Karl Linklater receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sheep Veterinary Association

Schmallenberg virus

First Scottish Case of Schmallenberg Identified in Dumfriesshire

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2013

Tests carried out by SAC Consulting: Veterinary Services and Moredun Research Institute have confirmed the first Scottish case of Schmallenberg disease on a Dumfriesshire farm.

Advice to Sheep Farmers Facing No Grass Growth

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

SRUC Specialist offers practical tips to sheep farmers.

cereals growing on skye

Getting to Know SRUC - A Consultant's Notes from Skye

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Our latest profile features the work of SAC Consultant's working in the Western Isles.

First Evidence of Schmallenberg Virus Circulating in Scotland from Barony Herd

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Farmers have been urged to remain vigilant after the first evidence has emerged from Barony that Schmallenberg Virus (SBV) was circulating in Scotland in 2012.

Winter Wheat Challenge March 2013

Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge 2012-13

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Frustrated crop trials staff at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are anxiously waiting for the snow to clear and temperatures to rise.

Pest Control within the Law

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2013

A new SRUC course will provide training in snaring best practice.

Stranraer Venue for Slurry & Soil Management Event

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

An event planned for Colfin Farm, Lochans, Stranraer will give worried local farmers the chance to consider how to restore the condition of their soils after 18 months of wet weather.

Fusarium on Spring Barley

SRUC Experts Warn Farmers of High Disease Risk to Spring Barley

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

Plant pathologists from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are warning Scottish farmers that there is an almost unprecedented disease risk to spring barley this year after the heavy rains last season.

Climate Week

SRUC Climate Week Success

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

A freecycle swop shop, habitat creation, a beach tidy and even a pedal power smoothie maker, there was a lot going on at SRUC’s recent Climate Week.

Auchincruive Venue for Soil Drainage Event

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2013

An event to take place at the Auchincruive estate on Monday 25th March will give worried farmers the chance to consider how to restore the condition of their soils after 18 months of wet weather.

Exploring the Lessons of Johne’s Disease in Cattle

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

A series of spring and summer events for livestock farmers has been planned to inform and update farmers on the progress of a research project on Johne’s Disease (paratuberculosis) in Scottish cattle.

SRUC asks farmers for help in pain perception survey

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

SRUC researchers are calling on all British farmers to take part in a survey on pain and disease in animals.

Trust in the Food Chain Event Focuses on Role of Local Producers in Re-establishing Consumer Confidence

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Food manufacturers, caterers and retailers interested in a more direct source of supply have been invited to an event in The Store at Foveran outside Aberdeen on Tuesday 19th March.

Muirburn

Positive Signs from a Managed Muirburn in Skye

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Other parts of Scotland may be sodden or snowbound but on Skye the early spring weather has been good enough to allow many land managers to begin muirburn earlier than usual.

PCHS logo

SRUC’s Premium Cattle Health Scheme Brews up New Business

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

A brewery at Blanford Forum in Dorset was one of the venues chosen on a recent series of meetings organised to raise awareness of SRUC’s Premium Cattle Health Scheme.

Making the Most from Muck

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

Fertiliser prices may have dropped a little from last year’s peak but they still represent a significant cost for most farm businesses.

CAP Reform in Cumbria: Free Seminars

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

SAC Consulting is hosting its latest round of free seminars in Cumbria next week, to help the local farmers consider the implications of the forthcoming reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

Time for Arable Farmers in Tayside and the Mearns to Take Stock

Published: Wednesday, 13th February 2013

Farmers growing crops in Tayside and Angus continue to suffer from the effects a devastating 2012 had on their businesses.

SAC Consulting Leads European Woodfuel Training Project

Published: Tuesday, 12th February 2013

SAC Consulting is leading a project to help expand the European woodfuel sector by developing a new training programme for woodfuel production.

Sat Nav and the Art of Ploughing

Published: Friday, 8th February 2013

Those who scan the future predict it wont be long before we see robots doing many farming jobs. In the meantime tractors are already packed with more computer power than early space craft.

Keeping a Clean Record on Slurry

Published: Friday, 8th February 2013

Slurry produced by housed livestock may be a valuable fertiliser, but after one of the wettest years on record and with snow and rain still falling, stores are overflowing and soils are waterlogged.

Shepherd in the snow

SRUC Advice on Feeding Under-Pressure Pregnant Ewes

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Pregnancy scanning is as important to sheep farmers these days as expectant families. Scanning results can help save costs and reduce lamb losses.

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Packed Perth Potato Conference

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

It was a tight squeeze at the recent Association of Potato Producers Conference, organised by SAC Consulting on Perth racecourse.

Organics Prospects Conference

Organics has a Place - Conference Focuses on Upbeat Messages

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Producers meeting outside Aberdeen for the 5th Annual SRUC Organics Prospects conference heard that whilst UK market growth has been limited, there is official support for the sector in Scotland/EU.

Attention to Detail at Longtown Farming Event – Free Meeting Focusses on Efficient Sheep and Beef Production

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

In the last twelve months Cumbrian farmers have been buffeted by weather on all fronts. Rain at home made the harvesting of grain and grass a nightmare and encouraged battalions of pests and diseases.

Soil Aeration Demo

Concern over Soils Draws Big Crowds to Oatridge Event

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

It was standing room only at SAC Consulting’s recent soil aeration event at SRUC’s Oatridge Campus.

South Lanarkshire Oil Club Gears Up For Success

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

More than 90 South Lanarkshire businesses are set to make significant savings on their heating oil thanks to a new Rural Oil Club – and the door is open for more businesses to take part.

Rural Connect

Rural Connect embark on their journey of discovery

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

A recent event held by the Rural Connect project at SRUC Oatridge has highlighted the importance of strong community links in West Lothian.

Busy Programme In Cumbria

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

SAC Consulting has a busy programme planned for Cumbria in February.

CAP Reform in Cumbria: Free Seminars For Farmers

Published: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

SAC Consulting is hosting a series of free seminars in Cumbria in early February considering the implications of the forthcoming Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms for local farmers.

Liver fluke cycle

SRUC Experts Warn of Frightening Levels of Liver Fluke in Sheep

Published: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

“Frightening” levels of liver fluke infection in sheep in Scotland could be just the “tip of the iceberg”, according to vets from SAC Consulting, a Division of Scotland’s Rural College.

John Vipond 40 years

John Vipond 40 Years at the Sheep Face

Published: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

Widely respected Sheep Specialist Dr John Vipond recently celebrated 40 years with the one organisation.

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Harvest Difficulties Drive Full Attendance to HGCA/SRUC Events

Published: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

There was a strong demand for places at the recent series of cereal famer workshops, organised by HGCA and SRUC.

Tackling Saturated Soils – Practical SRUC Event at Oatridge Focuses on Drainage, Aeration and Reseeding

Published: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

An open event planned for SRUC’s Oatridge campus on January 24th aims to help farmers facing the problems of waterlogged soils.

Bringing SRUC Closer Together

Published: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

SRUC, along with our consulting division, SAC Consulting, can now boast of even stronger expertise in the land-based sector after merging.

Matthew Welcomed as a Professional Member of Institute of Chartered Foresters

Published: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

Matthew Cooper, Senior Arboricultural Consultant with SAC Consulting, a division of SRUC, was recently admitted as a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF).

SRUC Argyll Farm Workshop Events - Farm Wastes, Stay Legal and Save Money

Published: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

With rain, snow and mud everywhere, these are difficult times for local farmers and crofters who have livestock to feed and care for.

Making Potato Production More Resilient - Perth Conference Considers Lessons from One of the Worst Years on Record

Published: Monday, 7th January 2013

The annual Association of Potato Producers Conference at Perth racecourse, organised by specialists from SAC Consulting on 30th January, will focus on issues growers faced in 2012.

Making Plans in Difficult Times – Advice for Tayside, Fife & Angus Cereal Growers at HGCA/SRUC Winter Event, Perth

Published: Monday, 17th December 2012

A meeting is planned for Perth Racecourse on January 10th to help arable farmers from Tayside, Fife and Angus plan their cereal crops for the coming year.

Making Plans in Difficult Times – Advice for Northern Cereal Growers at HGCA/SRUC Winter Event, Thainstone

Published: Monday, 17th December 2012

A meeting is planned for Inverurie on January 15th to help northern arable farmers plan their cereal crops for the coming year.

Making Plans in Difficult Times – Advice for Borders’ Cereal Growers at HGCA/SRUC Winter Event, Carfraemill

Published: Monday, 17th December 2012

A meeting is planned for Carfraemill on January 9th to help Borders’ arable farmers plan their cereal crops for the coming year.

Ewe with sucking lamb

SRUC Winter Care Advice to Sheep Farmers

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Experts from SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, are reminding sheep farmers of the next steps in their winter feeding programme.

Waste gypsum

Timely Reminder on Gypsum Risks

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has joined with SAC Consulting in urging farmers in Scotland to continue with strict protocols covering the mixing and handling of gypsum and slurries.

Jenny SRUC’s First Registered Scientist

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Jenny Stott of SAC Consulting, Veterinary services, has become the first “Registered Scientist” in SRUC.

SRUC Supports Pioneering Cuban Renewable Energy Venture

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

SAC Consulting (a Division of SRUC) has played a key role in a ground-breaking agreement between the Cuban Government and a British renewable energy company.

Thurso Vets open day

Farmers face the Ick Factor at Thurso Open Day

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

A strong constitution was required as faeces samples and semen testing took centre stage at a recent open day at SAC Consulting’s Veterinary Services Centre.

Dairy Farmers Asked to Complete SRUC Survey

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

SRUC has launched a survey of Scotland’s dairy farmers to investigate their views on practices that may improve their businesses’ financial and environmental performance.

Ewe energy requirements graph

Important Ewe Nutrition Steps For Winter

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

SAC Consulting, a Division of SRUC, is advising sheep farmers to take important ewe nutrition steps for winter, in preparation for successful lambing next Spring.

Hopes for Smooth Start to South Lanarkshire Rural Oil Club

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

A new scheme is being launched to help South Lanarkshire businesses tackle the ever-increasing cost of heating oil.

Crypto Under Spotlight at NE Cattle Welfare Meeting

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

A leading Scottish expert on Cryptosporidiosis (Crypto) in cattle will provide an insight into its growing incidence in the North East at an SAC Consulting calf welfare event in Turriff on 12 Dec.

Maximise the Health of your Ewes this Winter: SAC Consulting Event, Ayr

Published: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Exceptionally wet weather conditions this year have resulted in reduced quality and quantity of winter feeds available.

Open Day for all Farmers at Veterinary Services Centre, Thurso

Published: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Local farmers are invited to a free open day at SAC Consulting’s Veterinary Services Centre in Thurso from 11am to 2.30pm on Thursday 29th November.

SAC Consulting Event in Thurso: Get Paid for Keeping Warm with the Renewable Heat Incentive

Published: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

As the weather grows colder, the Thurso office of SAC Consulting will be delivering some warming advice about a new Government scheme that could pay you for heating your home or business.

Celebrating 20 Years of the Marine Stranding Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2012

The SRUC-led scheme that investigates why marine mammals strand on Scottish beaches celebrated its 20th birthday with a major conference attended by marine specialists from across the UK.

Farm Management Handbook 2013

Farm Management Handbook from SAC Consulting - New Edition & Layout Highlights Technical Performance

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

The latest edition of the popular Farm Management Handbook from SAC Consulting has been updated to reflect the way farming is changing.

Boghall field winter wheat

Winter Wheat Challenge on the Ground – Weather in SRUC Organised Competition Already Having an Effect

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

With planting complete the first Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge, organised by SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) is underway.

Sheep and lambs in field

Edzell Event Messages for Sheep Farmers Timely

Published: Wednesday, 31st October 2012

Sheep farmers readying their flocks for the season ahead had access to expert advice at the recent event near Edzell in Angus.

Oatridge Venue for Beef Farmer Discussion Meeting

Published: Tuesday, 30th October 2012

Launch of West Lothian Beef Farmers' Group

Local Solutions to Meeting Farming’s EU Green Rules – Fettercairn Farm Walk Highlights Value added Options

Published: Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

A farm walk planned by SAC Consulting for Fettercairn on 13th November will focus on meeting ever tightening green targets.

Now is When Sheep Farmers Should Look to the Health of their Ewes – Edzell Event from Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

A sheep farmers meeting in Edzell on 30th October will consider planning ahead after a difficult year.

Borders Farmers Show the Way in Natural Flood Control – SAC Consulting and Tweed Forum Event

Published: Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

An event exploring how farmers can help with flood prevention will take place at Crookston Farm, Heriot on Wednesday 14th November.

Food and drink

Think Local, Think Food, Think Scotland

Published: Tuesday, 23rd October 2012

Local food initiatives will be given much needed support thanks to Think Local, a new project launched by the Scottish Government in collaboration with SRUC.

Elgin food festival

Elgin Food Showcase Earns Praise

Published: Wednesday, 17th October 2012

Consulting staff from the FRBS (Farm and Rural Business Services) office in Elgin recently joined the Food and Drink Team in mounting a special display at the Elgin Food and Drink Festival.

Drew Easton talks about Soil Compaction

Barony Event Delivers for Dairy Farmers

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Local dairy farmers turned out in force for the specialist Dairy Event held at the Barony Campus by Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC.

Agriscot 2011

Agriscot Seeks Business Award Entries

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

The search is on for the next generation of top young farmers willing to pit their skills and judgment in this year’s AgriScot Business Skills award, worth £1,000 to the winner.

Young Aberdeen Angus stock show an equal interest in the students

Organics Induction

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Mid-September saw the kick-off of the new academic session for SRUC’s distance learning postgraduate programme in Organic Farming.

Smallholder festival

Smallholders Sign up for SRUC – Forfar Festival Success

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

The recent Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival in Forfar saw over 70 registrations for courses run by SAC Consulting, a Division of Scotland’s Rural College. It was a busy day around the SRUC stand

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‘Business As Usual’ For SAC Consulting

Published: Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

SAC’s Consulting’s 12,000-plus customers can count on receiving the same high quality services they are used to following the launch of SRUC, Director Jonathan Cowens has said.

Dairy Technology Centre at Barony

Dairy Farmers Event at Barony Campus Marks a New Era for Agricultural Research, Education and Advice in SW

Published: Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

SRUC’s Barony Campus, at Parkgate near Dumfries, is hosting a special event offering dairy farmers advice on winter preparation.

'Spy it, Try it, Buy it' Event for Farmers - Demonstrations and Seminars on Westmorland Showground

Published: Tuesday, 25th September 2012

Cumbria’s first Spy it Try it and Buy it event for beef and sheep farmers takes place on the 15th October at the Westmorland County Showground.

Maximising Returns from Good Grassland Management – Farmers Event at Auchencairn

Published: Tuesday, 25th September 2012

With the world prices of animal feeds like grain and Soya rising fast, farmers must make the very best use possible of the grass they grow at home.

European Maize Growers Meet at SAC

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

The facilities at SAC’s Crichton Royal Farm are being used to host a meeting of the European Maize Growers Association during September 10th and 11th.

Pheasant Friendly Farming – SAC Woodland Event Focusses on Birds and Benefits

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

From biking to building, firewood to foraging, farm woodlands have a lot to offer.

'Spy it, Try it, Buy it' - SAC Roadshow opens at Kendal Mart

Published: Monday, 27th August 2012

Generations have come and gone since an early farmer bought a pig in a poke but even in todays high tech world farmers tend to be wary of anything they cannot see working at first hand.

Andy Stands in Judgment on Manx Farming

Published: Monday, 20th August 2012

SAC’s consultant on the Isle of Man Andy Macdonald was one of five judges involved in the DEFA (Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture) “Tomorrow’s Farmer” award.

Search Begins for Rural Cumbria’s Dynamic Leaders

Published: Monday, 6th August 2012

The search is on for the next generation of dynamic leaders for rural Cumbria.

SAC Publishes New Ram Management Guide

Published: Monday, 6th August 2012

The cost and welfare benefits of forage-based ram diets is the focus of a new, free booklet written by respected SAC sheep expert Dr John Vipond.

The Benefits of Quality Broadleaf Woodland: SAC Event Near Montrose

Published: Friday, 3rd August 2012

With careful planning and management, establishing quality broadleaf woodland can reap excellent economic benefits for farmers. The key message behind a free SAC event near Montrose on 16 August.

SAC Stresses Importance of Knowing the True Value of Fodder

Published: Tuesday, 24th July 2012

While farmers and crofters in the north and west are still adjusting to unprecedented drought conditions, in much of Scotland this year livestock farmers have battled torrential rain.

Wet Season Advice for Cattle Keepers

Published: Tuesday, 24th July 2012

Many livestock businesses in Scotland face a very difficult winter following the atrocious summer.

Farmers and Crofters Reminded the Argyll and the Islands Survey Still Seeks their Views

Published: Tuesday, 24th July 2012

Farmers, crofters and land managers are being urged to complete the Survey recently sent out by SAC on behalf of the Argyll and Isles Agricultural Forum.

Addressing the Details of Sheep Profitability

Published: Friday, 20th July 2012

Sheep prices may be better than in recent years, but they are underpinned by an EU export market that is vulnerable to the uncertainties of the Eurozone and exchange rates.

Wet Season Advice for Cattle Keepers

Published: Wednesday, 18th July 2012

Many livestock businesses in Scotland face a very difficult winter following the atrocious summer.

Survey Finds MV Infection Levels Doubled in 15 years

Published: Tuesday, 10th July 2012

The number of flocks infected with Maedi Visna (MV) virus has doubled in a 15 year period, increasing from 1.4% to 2.8%, a survey has found.

SAC Welcomes SEPA Clarification on Gypsum and Livestock Bedding

Published: Friday, 29th June 2012

SAC welcomes the clarification and guidance issued by SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) over the use of Gypsum and Gypsum by-products on farm.

Cumbria Farmers to Hear from the Grassland ‘Master’

Published: Thursday, 28th June 2012

‘Grassmaster’ Charlie Morgan will be offering grassland management advice to Cumbrian farmers at the beginning of July.

Lanark Barley Growers Open Evening

Published: Monday, 25th June 2012

Barley is an important crop for Scottish farmers. For some their crop supplies the maltsters who sell their malt to whisky distillers.

Lothian Cereal Growers Open Day – SAC Reveals Results of Local Variety Trials

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2012

The drought in the south of England may have ended for the moment, but many crops in the Lothians and Borders have been at the other end of the water stress scale.

Bracken Control Workshops Attracting Concerned Audience

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2012

With a serious threat hanging over the future of the only effective chemical for controlling bracken, farmers and crofters in Argyll and the islands are becoming increasingly concerned.

Passing Disease Resistance to Next Generation

Published: Monday, 18th June 2012

Parents are always anxious to protect their young from infection and now research by SAC has shown that crops like barley can pass on defence against threats of disease to their offspring.

Unlocking the Potential of Farm Diversification

Published: Tuesday, 12th June 2012

SAC Consulting’s Kendal office is organising two events for Cumbrian farmers interested in diversifying their businesses.

Mark represents SAC at Bracken Control Meeting

Published: Monday, 11th June 2012

Senior Weed Consultant Mark Ballingall represented SAC at a recent meeting to consider the future for bracken control and the future of the essential bracken control herbicide, Asulam.

Focus on Farming’s Contribution to Stemming Wild Bird Decline

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2012

While the accusations linking modern farming with falling wild bird populations often make the headlines, the positive steps farmers are taking to help the situation receive less attention.

Dairy Farmers Invited to Brechin Meeting on Cattle Disease

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2012

A meeting in Brechin on Thursday June 14th offers east coast dairy farmers an opportunity to discuss how their sector can tackle a debilitating disease of cattle.

Farmers Hedge-ucation Opportunity at Ancrum Event

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2012

Every farmer knows a good farm hedge stops stock roaming while keeping them safe and sheltered.

Getting the Most of Meadows and Pastures

Published: Friday, 1st June 2012

Meadows and pastures will be the subjects of the latest Cumbria Organic Focus Farm Group meeting on Thursday 14 June.

Westminster Minister Visits SAC

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2012

Lord Taylor of Holbeach, the Parliamentary Under Secretary at DEFRA, recently visited SAC to see at first hand the research being carried out with DEFRA funding.

Farmers and Crofters Urged to Respond to Argyll and the Islands Survey

Published: Monday, 28th May 2012

Farmers and land managers across Argyll and the Isles are being urged to make their contribution to a survey being carried out by the local Agricultural Forum.

Westminster Minister Learns from Borders Monitor Farm

Published: Monday, 28th May 2012

When Borders farmer Alistair Hodge volunteered to put his farm in the spotlight he realised he was opening up his business to his peers.

Forestry and Woodland a More Attractive Option for Central Scotland Farmers

Published: Friday, 25th May 2012

A recent Forestry planting scheme is interesting farmers and landowners in central Scotland, according to SAC’s new Forestry Consultant Craig Dinwoodie.

Sheep Farmers Warned Parasites are Killing Lambs This Year

Published: Tuesday, 22nd May 2012

Staff at SAC’s Veterinary Surveillance offices in Ayr, Dumfries, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are reporting the early hatch of parasitic worms they forecast earlier this year, is happening.

Reducing Farm Water and Energy Bills - SAC Meeting near Kendal

Published: Tuesday, 15th May 2012

Farmers, like everyone else, are always seeking more efficient ways of running their businesses.

Exploring the Lessons of a Debilitating Cattle Disease

Published: Tuesday, 15th May 2012

A series of four early summer, free events for livestock farmers are being planned to discuss research underway into a debilitating cattle disease.

With Grass Growth Variable SAC Urges Farmers to Pay Attention to Detail

Published: Tuesday, 15th May 2012

After what was a very promising start the spring has quickly turned into one of the wettest and coldest for many years.

SAC Assessment Reveals Pictish Cemetery

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

Archaeological works on a farm at Meigle, Blairgowrie have identified a complete Pictish linear barrow cemetery.

Getting Strategic over Renewables

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

SAC and Scottish Government are developing a strategy for Agri-Renewables in order to support the uptake of renewable energy generation by Scotland’s agricultural sector.

Increased Sclerotinia Risk for Oilseed Crops, Research Suggests

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

This is a time when oilseed rape growers are nervous about crop disease.

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