Scottish salmon proving export success around the world

Kirsty McLuckie on the burgeoning global appetite for Scottish salmon – and why farmers are frustrated that demand continues to exceed supply for this premium product in an industry that still offers huge potential
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Stuart Goodall is Chief Executive of Confor: promoting forestry and wood

Stuart Goodall: Trees are important for the economy – planting more is a no-brainer

I have the privilege of ­travelling across the UK and ­seeing how Government attitudes to ­forestry are developing and ­playing out – and it is clear to me that ­Scotland is well ahead. Scotland leads in its understanding of how ­important ­forestry and wood processing is to the economy and to the environment and it leads in implementing ­policies to deliver more forestry and the greater use of wood.

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Robert Graham. Picture: submitted

Interview: Robert Graham, MD of Graham’s The Family Dairy

“Ultimately, this is about the sort of country – society and economy – we want to become and believe that we can become.” It is a point well-made in the Sustainable Growth Commission report and one that resonates for Scotland’s future irrespective of politics or sovereign destiny.

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The cattle are paraded in the main show ring at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston yesterday in sweltering temperatures . 'Picture: Ian Rutherford

Good weather brings out thousands to the Royal Highland show

While the overall figure might have been a couple of busloads behind last year’s record breaking attendance, the organisers of the Royal Highland show – which finished its four-day run yesterday in sweltering temperatures – said the high levels of attendance reflected the growing appeal of Scotland’s biggest celebration of farming, food and rural life.

Andy McGowan, chief executive of Scottish Pig Producers, said a shortage of bottled gas meant that production at the plant ' which normally handles more than 6,000 pigs a week ' could be halted early next week. Picture: contributed

Scottish pig sector at risk from shortage of CO2

While talk of the introduction of measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions dominated much of the political chatter at the Royal Highland Show yesterday, in an ironic twist, it emerged that a shortage of the gas could be set to affect several sectors.

Vision Scotland: Alternative lifestyles

Vision Scotland: Alternative lifestyles

For those making their living from the land, having their finances add up has been a long standing issue. Although farmland has been achieving good prices of late, selling the key asset is not something to do lightly and it is often a more complicated – and emotional – equation than pure arithmetic.

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