With Richard Lochhead's Review Group about to embark on its task of improving the workings of the tenanted sector, the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (STFA) chairman Christopher Nicholson has warned the latest developments in Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform look set to bring some problems into the mix.
Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 23 prime heifers at Ayr yesterday to a top of £1500.60 per head and 262p per kg to average £1281.38 and 238.9p, while 23 prime, beef-bred bullocks peaked at £1542.40 and 259p to level at £1348.28 and 235.5p.
Scientists at the Moredun Research Institute on the outskirts of Edinburgh are in talks with a production company to investigate the feasibility of developing a commercial vaccine to protect lambs against the most common gut worm.
Alyn Smith, the SNP MEP, has submitted amendments to the new Animal Health Law aimed at alleviating practical difficulties for farmers in the implementation of requirements to electronically tag sheep.
LIBERAL Democrat MEP George Lyon warned farmers yesterday that they need answers from the SNP on what independence would mean for crucial direct support after the Prime Minister of Spain said on Wednesday that an independent Scotland would be outside the EU.
AS FAR as the Scottish Government is concerned, EU farm support money should only go to those upland farmers who maintain at least a minimum density of livestock on their land - but a leading agricultural expert has warned that it will be an 'uphill road' convincing Europe to accept such a step back towards headage payments.