Highland Council

Grass Matters Scotland Conference

A free conference in Dingwall aims to give farmers and crofters an unprecedented, practical insight into getting the most from their grassland.

The 'Grass Matters' conference is being held by Soil Association Scotland on Friday 2 December. The event is a chance to hear from grassland management experts from across the UK.

Topics to be discussed inlcude:

Rural Crime Prevention Day

The event is being co-ordinated by Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer PC Dan Sutherland and will see Constables from Road Policing Unit, Representatives from NFU, Crimestoppers, and CESAR (Construction Equipment Security and Registration) coming together to provide information and advice on all aspects of rural security and crime prevention.

Crofting roadshow: Gairloch

Do you want to help secure the future of crofting?

The Crofting Commission elections will be taking place in March 2017.

At a crofting roadshow near you you can find out more about the elections, the role of the Commission and Commissioners and the importance of making your voice heard.

The roadshow will also have short talks from different crofting organisations addressing key crofting issues, followed by a Q&A session.

Crofting roadshow: Newtonmore

Do you want to help secure the future of crofting?

The Crofting Commission elections will be taking place in March 2017.

At a crofting roadshow near you you can find out more about the elections, the role of the Commission and Commissioners and the importance of making your voice heard.

The roadshow will also have short talks from different crofting organisations addressing key crofting issues, followed by a Q&A session.

Crofting roadshow: Bonar Bridge

Do you want to help secure the future of crofting?

The Crofting Commission elections will be taking place in March 2017.

At a crofting roadshow near you you can find out more about the elections, the role of the Commission and Commissioners and the importance of making your voice heard.

The roadshow will also have short talks from different crofting organisations addressing key crofting issues, followed by a Q&A session.

Skye: Sheepdogs Course

Introduction to Sheepdogs Course

This will be an introduction to the care and working of sheepdogs. This will be a practical course where the tutor will demonstrate simple commands. Attendees will be able to under-supervision work the tutor dog. 
If you wish to bring your own dog please make arrangements with course organiser first.

Please bring packed lunch. Tea & Coffee provided. 
Please bring warm and waterproof clothes.

Local Course Director: Janette Sutherland
Tutor: Jimmy Lamont

Strathkanaird: Scything Course

Learn the basics of scything for cropping and rush control, peening and use of sharpening stone.

Scythes also available for sale.

Tutor: Steve Tomlin
Local Course Director: Christine Crook, West Highland College

Contact: training@crofting.org to book your place!

Soil Health: how to revolutionise your farm’s profitability

A practical, informative meeting with Jo Scamell, Ground Level Nutrition on why soil health is crucial for optimum production of crops and livestock, how you can influence soil health to provide higher yields and healthier stock, looking at and beyond the chemical and the physical. Providing answers to your soil related questions. Free of charge to farmers and land managers and £40.00 plus VAT to others.

Dornoch Whisky Festival 2016

Now in its second year, Dornoch's annual Whisky Festival includes a tasting with legendary Charles Maclean, as well as tours of Glenmorangie, Glen Ord, Balblair, Clynelish and Teaninich distilleries.

Central to the Dornoch Whisky Festival is the Gala Tasting held in the world renowned Castle Hotel. Featuring local distillers such as Balblair, Clynelish, The Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Glen Ord, Old Pulteney, Wolfburn & The Dornoch Distillery as well as Gordon & McPhail, Ben Nevis and Douglas Laing.

Skye: Lambing Course

A practical course that will look into all aspects of lambing including:

Preparation for Lambing including ewe nutrition; Lambing Management including disease prevention and control; The mothering ewe including condition scoring; Practical Session including medication administration.

Wellies and Waterproofs essential!

Local Course Director: Janette Sutherland
Tutors: Rhona Campbell & Siobhan Macdonald

Contact: training@crofting.org to book your place!

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