Recruiting, Training and Retaining Staff - Monitor Farms Programme

This Monitor Farm meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 May 2024 at Charleton Fruit Farm and Arbikie Distillery. The focus of the meeting is on recruiting, training and retaining staff.

Registration is at 10.00 am at Charleton Fruit Farm with the meeting starting at 10.30 am and lunch will be provided.

The findings of the Scottish Small Producer Access to Abattoirs Report, published this week, highlight the various challenges facing producers who require ‘private kill’ services in Scotland, and the abattoirs providing them.

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands today announced the reappointment of John Connelly, Malcolm Currie, Denise Penny and Sue Stahly as Independent Members of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board.

Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, has signed off the 'Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill - Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment'. 

The new Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill aims to provide the legal framework to deliver:

PSF Animal Health & Welfare – Cattle

Join the Farm Adivsory Service on Tuesday 21st May to hear from SRUC vet, Helen Carty discussing the Preparing for Sustainable Farming animal health and welfare options for cattle.

Alistair (Ally) Brunton has been elected as the latest Chair of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC). Ally (27) from East Fife JAC was officially appointed at the Association’s AGM held on Saturday 20th April, stepping up from his position as National Vice.

Police Scotland, National Rural & Acquisitive Crime Unit (NRACU) have issued a warning about the impacts of Livestock attacks and worrying.

Livestock attacks and worrying is the phrase used when a dog attacks or worries livestock animals in rural and farmland areas.

Sheep producers who have lost livestock to sea-eagles will continue to receive support from Scottish Government for 2024. Up to £400,000 has been allocated to the Sea Eagle Management Scheme (SEMS) to help farmers explore different management techniques and trial new prevention measures.

Land managers in receipt of financial support through long-term Management Agreements as part of the scheme have been assured payments will continue this year.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Scottish Game Fair (SGF) is back for 2024, celebrating its 35-year anniversary at Scone Palace.

Tickets are now on sale for the event, which will take place from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July at Perthshire’s heritage location, set in parkland alongside the River Tay.

Horticulture – Compost and Growing Media

Do you have a horticultural enterprise on your smallholding or croft? Do you buy or make compost or growing media? Do you get variable results?!

Join FAS for this online talk and discussion on compost, with grower and soil expert Audrey Litterick.  Audrey will cover: