Learning and skills

Beef Efficiency Scheme: Autumn Events

Autumn events to help farmers and crofters optimise winter nutrition and grazing availability​

In response to concerns that this year’s weather conditions will result in Scottish farmers and crofters facing feed and fodder shortages this winter, Scottish Government has opened this autumn’s Beef Efficiency Scheme events for all farmers and crofters to attend.

These events will provide advice and guidance on how to provide plentiful food over winter, maintain the wellbeing of livestock and optimise beef enterprise performance.

A new rural university will be created in Scotland within the next four years by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), who have said that they are moving into full higher education with a faculty-based model.

Track 2 Train
Name of organisation/business: 
Apex Scotland
Tyne Esk LEADER - £173,478
The Workshop Aberfeldy
Total funding package: £71,031; Rural Perth and Kinross LEADER funding: £31,531
Kinneil Coastal Rangers
Name of organisation/business: 
The Conservation Volunteers
£298,241 - Coastal Communities Fund

Lantra has announced that Liz Barron-Majerik will be joining the team in Scotland in November, taking on the role of Director. Liz will also play an integral part in Lantra’s senior management team, working closely with CEO, Marcus Potter, and the Lantra Board.   

New Entrants to Farming - Planning for the Future

The Farm Advisory Service's next roadshow will be held in collaboration with NFUS and the Scottish Land Commission, taking place throughout October and November and traveling across Scotland.

The aim of the roadshow is to allow participants to “Plan for the Future” after hearing from experts on succession, legal and accounting issues and joint venture models.  The experts on the panel will include, Hamish Lean, Shepherd and Wedderburn, James MacKessack-Leitch, Scottish Land Commission and representatives from local accountancy firms and the NFUS Next Generation group.

Figuring it out: Book-keeping in the 21st Century

The move to Making Tax Digital whereby HMRC will require most rural businesses to provide information more frequently and in greater detail than before (and directly from commercial software) will be a prompt for many to move to modern cloud based systems.  This is not all bad as modern software providers are experts at making book keeping quick and painless and it will be easier than ever for you and your accountant to work as a team.

Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year 2019 Awards are now open for both individual and school nominations. 

The 2018 Scottish Rural Parliament will take place in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway on 14th– 16th November. If you live in or are passionate about rural areas in Scotland, you can attend to learn and make your voice heard. This year's theme is "Taking Action".

The event brings together people from rural communities with decision-makers, for three days of celebration and exploration. Participants examine a wide-range of issues affecting rural communities and make recommendations for change.