THOUSANDS of people will make their way to Ingliston this weekend for the annual Royal Highland Show.
TOP-NOTCH showing conditions saw the sheep lines turned out to best effect under the critical eye of a near-record number of spectators at the show yesterday.
THE European Parliament will be asked next week to review how legislation of electronic identification (EID) of sheep has been implemented.
PONIES from Perthshire were particularly successful on the first day of the show, with the Highland pony champion and reserve both coming from the county, while the Shetland champion was from Dunning.
ANIMAL health budgets could be devolved to Scotland with the Scottish Cabinet secretary setting a target date for next April.
THERE was an multi-national feel to the cattle judging at yesterday's show with delegates from all over the world attending the World Shorthorn Conference and the European Hereford Conference.
THE swirl of farmers attending the first day of the Highland Show at Ingliston may have been largely pre-occupied with the livestock judging but the promises of Paulo de Castro, MEP, the chairman of the European Parliament agricultural committee, could, if realised, provide a major boost to the fortunes of farming.
ROYAL Bank of Scotland has announced it is to extend its sponsorship of the Royal Highland Show by five years.
SCOTLAND'S showcase farming event of the year gets under way today after securing a sponsorship boost from troubled banking giant RBS.
WHEN the Royal Highland Show opens its doors tomorrow, David Dunsmuir will be among the hundreds of behind-the-scenes workers desperate for it to go off with a bang.
A LONG-DELAYED overhaul of the home of the Royal Highland Show has taken a huge step forward after its organisers lodged plans for its site to the west of Edinburgh.
SCOTLAND'S major agricultural showpiece looks set to reverse the current economic trend by celebrating its most successful year ever.
PAOLO De Castro, chairman of the agriculture committee of the European Parliament, is the latest of a growing list of European VIPs to announce their intention of coming to the Royal Highland Show later this month.
THE Royal Highland Show is set to generate around £70 million for the Scottish economy, according to predictions from the event's organisers.
DRINKING hours at the Royal Highland Show are to be cut in a bid to tackle drunks who have plagued the farming event in recent years.
THE 2009 Highland Show produced the highest number of visitors to the four-day event and, on the back of these record numbers, the show organiser, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, produced its best-ever financial performance.
RAY Jones, chief executive of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, is to retire in December.