Under new proposals for changes to General Licences, Natural England wants farmers to ensure "reasonable and appropriate steps" have been tried before they reach for a gun to protect their crops from bird damage.
A KEY feature of dairy markets in the last year is the growth in dairy product imports into China following so quickly on the back of declines in production in both New Zealand and the EU, according to Nick Holt-Martyn of the Dairy Group.
Using sexed female semen has gained significant momentum across the UK's dairy herds where the prospect of a valuable replacement heifer and the likelihood of an easy calving have attracted many dairy farmers.
The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (STFA) has greeted the proposal from Scottish Land & Estates (SL&E) - the organisation representing landowners - for an amnesty for tenants' improvements as a step in the right direction.
The Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart sold 129 store bullocks in Dumfries yesterday to a top of 260p per kg and an average of 221.6p (+11.1p on the previous sale), while 63 store heifers peaked at 254.5p and levelled at 208.1p (no change).
Retail giant Tesco has said it is stepping up its support for the Scottish beef industry by offering 100% fresh Scotch Beef of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) to all customers north of the Border from spring.