Brexit points way to big changes for farm labour

The potential reduction in migrant labour post-Brexit could lead to considerable structural changes in UK farming practices, according to analysis carried out by the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board (AHDB).

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NFU Scotland said the move was 'controversial and unpopular'. Picture: John Devlin

Breaking cattle link is step backward, argues union

The current “linked holdings” system which allows cattle to be moved between different farms used by the same business without the need to inform the central cattle tracing system (CTS) is to be brought to a close at the end of the year.

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The Farm Advisory Service website went live this week. Picture: John Devlin

New service launches to offer advice for farmers

A new farm advisory service has been launched for Scottish farmers aimed at helping producers improve their financial and environmental performance.

Fergus Ewing said there was little to gain from a further inquiry into the IT debacle. Picture: Contributed

Fergus Ewing: No need for fresh probe into farm IT fiasco

While accepting that the Scottish Parliament would have the final say on the matter, rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing yesterday claimed that there would be little benefit to be gained from a further major inquiry into computer fiasco which earlier this year blew a financial hole in Scotland’s rural economy.

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Turkey meat producer Bernard Matthews has been acquired in a deal that will safeguard 2,000 jobs. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Chicken king gobbles up turkey firm Bernard Matthews

Turkey meat producer Bernard Matthews has been acquired by the 2 Sisters Food Group in a deal that will safeguard some 2,000 jobs.

NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker. Picture: Contributed

New claim that wages board has ‘outlived usefulness’

Further evidence emerged yesterday that the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board – the last remaining such organisation – had outlived its useful life came with a joint announcement from Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) and NFU Scotland.

EU red tape will be matched by the UK's after Brexit. Picture: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit ‘won’t cut through red tape’ says farm consultant

Farmers who put their cross in the “Leave the EU” box in June intending to get rid of red tape are going to be disappointed, according to Richard King of farm consultants, Andersons.

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The BVA said vets are 'not alone' in caring where food comes from. Picture: Kimberley Powell

Vets give their backing to food labelling campaign

Farmers and food producers have been urged to use the UK leaving Europe as an opportunity to create a unique selling point through improving the labelling of food.

Even after Brexit, the UK will not have a blank canvas for new agricultural policies. Picture: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Measuring the pros and cons of Brexit on the farm

When thinking on life post-Brexit, Jonnie Hall’s crystal ball is less cloudy than most when it comes to seeing through the political mist.

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Buresch's crested newt - but can any farmer honestly identify it? Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Fordyce Maxwell: Loss of nature isn’t all farming’s fault

I don’t intend to be flippant, but how many of us would recognise a high brown fritillary? Or great crested newt or great crested grebe? Or recognise devils-bit scabious, sneezewort or climbing corydalis as we walked past?

UK growers are reporting harvests are 'average'. Picture: Jean-Francois MonierAFP/Getty Images

EU cereal growers facing poor crops and low prices

As UK cereal growers harvest their crops with yield reports hovering around the “average” mark, their grain growing colleagues in Europe are bemoaning a poor harvest combined with low prices.

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Averages for the Beltex breed were up at the Lanark sale. Picture: Jane Barlow

A belter of a day for Beltex breed – and Texel

The Beltex breed enjoyed a successful day at its Scottish show and sale at Lanark yesterday, with trade peaking at 11,000gns, increased averages and more sold on the year.

Unions said the special status of products such as Scotch beef must be protected. Picture: Contributed

Farming unions call for ‘country of origin’ labels

Both the UK and Scottish governments were this week urged to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling for processed food containing meat and dairy products in order to give shoppers a clear steer when they choose to buy British food.

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Scotland's dairy farmers face 'unique' pressures, said Fergus Ewing. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

London urged to ‘play fair’ by Scottish dairy sector

As Scotland’s dairy farmers were yesterday being urged to take a close look at the EU emergency support measures that could see them paid to reduce milk production, a row was erupting over the share of the funds likely to come to Scotland.

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STFA chairman Christopher Nicholson said some disputes had already been resolved. Picture: Contributed

Tenant farmers welcome ‘positive step’ on rent reviews

The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (STFA) yesterday welcomed an initiative by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the interim farm tenancy adviser, Andrew Thin, aimed at monitoring the conduct of professional agents during rent reviews.

Most farmers will be eligible for the government loans. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Loans aim to bridge gap for missing farm support

Scottish farmers and crofters who have been waiting for their 2015 farm support payments were yesterday told by cabinet secretary Fergus Ewing that they could receive 80 per cent of their 2016 payments in November this year.

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There were 343 recorded farm fires in the year to March. Picture: Michael Gillen

Simple route in bid to reverse rise in farm fires

An increase in the number of on-farm fires to a new five-year high in Scotland has seen the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) linking up with NFU Scotland to encourage farmers to be more aware of such a danger.

Andrew Mitchell Jnr heads straight for a world title. Picture: Contributed

Mitchells hit double top in world ploughing contest

Scottish ploughmen scooped the two main awards at the 63rd World Ploughing Championships held at York at the weekend.

Richard Lochhead stepped down from the cabinet

Scottish farm payments row prompts £150m debt spike

Debt levels among Scotland's farmers has soared by more than £150 million following a "shambolic" logjam in making vital EU payments by the Scottish Government, it has emerged.

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Fergus Ewing's clean-up operation has some way to go. Picture: John Paul Photography/PA Wire

Pressure is on over next round of farm support payments

“Maybe they’re under the car...Nope, nothing there.”

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