• 21 November 2014

    Copa-Cogeca has urged the European Commission to adopt as many EU Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) for 2014 to 2020 as possible by the end of the year, otherwise they risk being held up until May 2015, which could impact negatively on EU farmers, forest owners and agri-co-operatives' activities.

  • 20 November 2014

    A one-stop shop offering Scotland's dairy farmers information, advice and training was officially launched yesterday by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead during a visit to AgriScot.

  • 19 November 2014

    Wallets Marts had 1,675 prime lambs forward in Castle Douglas yesterday that included a lot of heavy lambs and sold to a top of £90 per head and 205.1p per kg to average 171.8p (+5.4p on the week).

  • 19 November 2014

    SCOTLAND'S agricultural college, the SRUC, is to rationalise its education and research centres in both the north-east and the south of Scotland, with its Craibstone Campus in Aberdeen, and the Barony College in Dumfriesshire, the most likely casualties.

  • 18 November 2014

    THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart sold 107 store heifers in Dumfries yesterday to a top of 246p per kg and an average of 201.4p, while 108 store, beef-bred bullocks peaked at 260.4p and levelled at 210.6p.

  • 17 November 2014

    Although the compulsory electronic identification (EID) of sheep has been condemned and resented by most sheep farmers, the technology has been widely adopted by progressive dairy farmers and some beef farmers.

  • 15 November 2014

    DAVID Barnes, who is currently the Scottish Government's deputy ­director of agriculture and rural development, has been appointed to the post of chief agricultural officer for Scotland.

  • 13 November 2014

    The National Sheep Association (NSA) welcomes the concept of new meat labelling laws that differentiate between animals that are stunned at slaughter and those that are not, but urges Farming Minister George Eustice and his colleagues to progress the idea with caution.

  • 12 November 2014

    Wallets Marts had 116 store cattle forward in Castle Douglas on Monday when heifers sold to 250.9p per kg and averaged 190.8p.

  • 12 November 2014

    FARMERS in the grip of a brutal price slump aggravated by geopolitics beyond their control have been exhorted to "keep looking at the bigger, longer-term picture" and plan for a future when they will be able to compete on that same volatile world stage.

  • 7 November 2014

    Muller UK & Ireland Group has announced that it has agreed to acquire the dairy operations of Dairy Crest Group plc for £80 million.

  • 7 November 2014

    United Auctions sold 409 store heifers at Stirling on Wednesday to a top of 249.2p per kg and an average of 212.4p (-0.6p on the week), while 417 beef-bred bullocks peaked at 269.6p and levelled at 222p (-2.5p).

  • 6 November 2014

    As NFU Scotland opens its series of 11 roadshow ­meetings with members, it has called on Scottish Government to bring forward vital informa- tion around how it plans to introduce key elements of the new CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) package.