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Getting on the farming ladder By Richard Lochhead Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs & the Environment

Getting a start on the farming ladder can be difficult. Land availability is on the decrease, as are the number of tenancies. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I want to put rural land that is under public sector ownership to good use and create starter farms to provide opportunities and help new entrants find their feet. Douglas and Grace-Ann Bennie, and their children Alexander, Molly and John, recently took entry at Balrobert Farm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Scottish Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first ever starter farm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; near Inverness and I paid them a visit to see how they were settling in. It was a real pleasure to meet them and I was impressed with the work they had already done in the short time since taking up their tenancy. Balrobert is a 120 hectare farm, with grazing and cropping land, which will enable the growth of the Bennieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s livestock enterprise rearing store cattle. The Bennies have made fantastic progress since becoming tenants and are a great example of the fresh farming talent we are hoping to support with our starter farm programme.

Including the Scottish Governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unit at Balrobert, there are now ten starter farms around the country, each providing welcome opportunities for new entrants who represent a vital part of the industry. Douglas and Grace-Ann have been involved in farming throughout their lives: Douglas was raised on a beef and sheep enterprise, while GraceAnn was raised on a stock and arable farm. It was great to chat to the Bennies and find out what it means to them to finally have a farm of their own. The family have been rearing store cattle for the last four years on seasonal land and were delighted to be given the opportunity to build their business and dedicate all of their time to farming. I would like to explore the potential for other public sector owned land to be used for the same purpose â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it has the potential to be life-changing and I wish the Bennies every success in their endeavours and look forward to seeing them make the most of what is on offer at the Balrobert starter farm.

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Target soils to maximise yields By Dr Bill Crooks, Senior Soil and Water Consultant, SAC Consulting. After a great autumn, crop and nutrient management plans for 2015 should be well underway. As part of this it is important that you make effective use of soil analysis to maximise both efficiency and yields. For mineral soil the pH should be at 6 for grassland and between pH 6 and 6.2 for arable land in order to efficiently make use of fertilisers. Remember that for Scottish soils, when pH drops below 5.6, soluble aluminium levels will inhibit root growth and reduce yields. For most crops, the P and K target is moderate (M) status based on SAC consulting analysis (soil index 2 for RB209 analysis). If your soils are outside these ranges, your yields can be lower and nitrogen application rates should be reduced accordingly. For low P and K soils you will be looking to plan your fertiliser application rates so that they match expected crop offtake plus a bit extra to build up soil P or K status. This adjustment for low status soils is typically in the range of 40 to 20 kg/ha for P and K respectively but this can be higher, and SRUC technical notes can provide

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Miss Scotland 2014, Ellie McKeating, was more than willing to take some time out of her hectic schedule recently to â&#x20AC;&#x153;chillaxâ&#x20AC;? and launch a new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comfort Foodâ&#x20AC;? campaign from Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Relaxing in huge â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;50s style pink rollers, Miss McKeating â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who will be attending Miss World in London and Dressed to Kilt in New York in the coming weeks - rustled up a selection of wholesome â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comfort Foodâ&#x20AC;? dishes containing Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork. The campaign will see Scotch Butchers Club members offering their customers a range of tasty, hearty recipes created to inspire consumers as winter approaches and the days turn chillier and darker. Traditional favourites like mince and tatties and shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pie are included along with more contemporary dishes such as fragrant lamb stew with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds and a spicy lamb and tomato curry with warming ginger and cumin. Packed with nourishing ingredients, each dish provides a satisfying meal. Scotch Beef and Lamb are good sources of protein and vitamins and minerals, such as iron, selenium, zinc, and B vitamins including vitamin B12. The recipes also take into account busy lives with many of the dishes suitable for slow cookers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love this time of year as winter approaches!â&#x20AC;? said Miss

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McKeating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing better than snuggling into the cosy knitwear and long boots of winter fashion and taking some time out to sit down and relax over a great homecooked meal with friends and family. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping to find time to try out all the recipes this autumn and winter.â&#x20AC;? Laurent Vernet, QMS Head of Marketing, comments: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing beats sitting round the kitchen table with family or friends enjoying some cosy comfort food when it is dark and chilly outside. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI make the perfect base for hearty stews, pies and curries and this new campaign demonstrates that you can enjoy comfort food that is not only delicious but also nutritious. For more information, inspiration and delicious recipes visit: www. scotchbeefandlamb.com


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LiveScot 2014

The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Lanark! 2014 has been an eventful year for the Scottish National Fat Stock Club so far!

Following the three year partnership with RHASS for the Royal Highland Winter Fair, 2013 saw the Winter Fair run solely by the SNFSC. The Winter Fair, held at Ingliston in November, was very successful and left us in no doubt we were gathering momentum again. However, we were dealt a blow in January this year, when RHASS unexpectedly announced that it was withdrawing it’s support of our show. However, with renewed confidence and support from all involved, we looked forward to building on the success of 2013 with a new event for 2014. The Club’s Trustees have always been committed to providing to providing an event for exhibitors to showcase their prime livestock, along with opportunities for farmers, sponsors and agri-businesses to network and view new technology. With this in mind, a new venue was sought…… and where better than Lanark Agricultural Centre! It has the perfect set up for the event that we aim to provide for our exhibitors and supporters. With a new venue, it was decided to rename the event also, a complete fresh start. And what better a name than LiveScot! The name LiveScot is very apt to the event that we aim to provide…… ‘Live’ as our roots are firmly in promoting the country’s top livestock, and 50

also ‘Live’ as the event is about current technology and what is happening ‘now’. ‘Scot’ represents our Club’s proud, Scottish roots. LiveScot will be held at Lanark Agricultural Centre, on Saturday 29th November, and we, as a Club, are excited to be working with Lawrie and Symington to provide an elite livestock show that we can all be proud of. We remain committed to the top quality stockmen and women who helped us to create the

foundations our event. They continually produce some of the best prime livestock ever to parade a show ring, and deserve to be commended for their attributes to the meat industry. January also saw the resignation of Club Secretary, Fiona Sloan. Fiona’s role was taken on by Lesley-Anne Harrison, Littleinch Farm, Balmerino. Lesley-Anne joined the Club last summer as Events Organiser for the Winter Fair, taking over the duties that

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had previously been carried out by the Highland Show Team. It was a natural progression for Lesley-Anne to fill the role that Fiona had left. Her experience of exhibiting cattle with her father, David Blair, stood Lesley-Anne in good stead for the demands that the job would throw at her! Our AGM in May saw Sandy Galbraith stand down as Club Chairman, and Donald Harvey, of Galloway & MacLeod take over at the helm. With his extensive knowledge of the industry, and his many contacts, Donald is an invaluable asset to the Club. Ayrshire farmer, and well-known exhibitor, Hugh Dunlop took on the role of vicechairman. Hugh’s insight from the point of view of an exhibitor is extremely beneficial. So on to organising the Show! Following a very successful entry level at last year’s show, with over 170 cattle entries, 100 sheep entries and 30 Young Handlers, we are on track to have similarly high entries for our new event. Judging of the cattle classes will be in the capable hands of Mr Will Owen. Mr Owen, who runs a suckler-herd at Braich Y Saint, Gwynedd, is a well-known face in the cattle world. The sheep classes will be judged by Mr Haig Murray. Mr Murray, from Gretna, works


children will get involved with these competitions as well as the families of our livestock exhibitors. The adult classes have been very well supported by SWRI clubs in the past two years, and this year is looking to have a bumper entry too! Chief Steward for this section is Sheena Lamont, whose help with running these competitions is very greatly appreciated! Our Crooks Competition classes, run by Renton Leadbetter, have this year been streamlined, and will now include Shepherds Crooks, Walking Sticks and Sportsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sticks Classes. Entries for these classes are taken on the day, and we are positive that there will again be a great turnout for these classes. LiveScot will also incorporate the ever popular Potato, Grain and Silage Competitions, which are always very well supported. Following last yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; success, we are delighted to welcome the Scottish Beltex Society along to the event this year with their annual In-Lamb

Female Show & Sale. Further information and entry forms for their competition can be found on their website www.beltex. co.uk or by contacting Andrew Baillie on 07801 657397. As always, we are extremely grateful to our loyal sponsors. John Swan Ltd are our overall sheep championship sponsors, and Carrs Billington support the championships of our cattle classes. They, along with all of our class and special awards sponsors, ensure the continued success of our events. As well as LiveScot, the SNFCS also runs the Premier Meat Exhibition (PME) and the Native Pony Winter Fair. The PME is a live/dead competition, which is run in partnership with Scotbeef and Marks and Spencer. The live classes will be held at Caledonian Marts, Millhouse, Stirling on Wednesday 19th November, and the carcase classes will be judged on Saturday 22nd November at Scotbeef, Bridge of Allan. This ever-popular event has been running for many years, and entries are as high as ever. Last

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as a Procurement Officer for Dunbia. We are delighted that they have agreed to judge our inaugural LiveScot event. Judging of both cattle and sheep classes will commence at 9am, with the Championships being judged around 2pm. The day will culminate in the auction sale which will begin with sheep at 3:30pm, followed by cattle. 2014 sees the introduction of an exciting new competition, the Housewifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice. Two judges, Craig and Hugh Black, of Hugh Black & Sons Butchers, Lanark will pick out cattle from the open classes, which will then go forward to one class following the Overall Championship. The winner of the Housewifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice class will be awarded a trophy and ÂŁ250 prize. Inkeeping with our ethos to promote grass-roots education and youth development, we are delighted to welcome the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) along to the show to hold a Stockjudging Competition. As well as classes for Young Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, there will be an Open Class, giving all attendees the opportunity to test their knowledge of prime cattle and lambs! Entries will be taken on the day for this competition. We are also looking forward to working with RHETT with the hope of hosting a scarecrow competition for local schools and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clubs, which would then be judged at LiveScot. The Scottish National Fat Stock Club are keen to expand on the popularity of the new sections which have been introduced in the past couple of years. There will be the ever popular Baking and Crafts Competitions, which will incorporate the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Classes that were successfully introduced last year. We are hopeful that local

year saw the introduction of the Young Livestock Producers Competition. Following the success of last year, this competition has now been extended to include classes for 16-18 year olds and 19-26 year olds, with heifer, steer and lambs classes for each age group. The Native Pony Winter Fair is run in conjunction with the Clydesdale Horse Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Winter Fair, and will this year be held at Lanark Agricultural Centre on Saturday 22nd November. Entry forms for this competition can be found on our website, www. fatstockclub.co.uk New name, new venue, new chairman, new secretary... exciting times ahead!

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By Jim Whiteford, Shandwick Mains, Arabella, Tain Chairman of NFU Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Highland Region Being a farmer means that, on a daily basis, I am acutely aware of agricultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with wildlife and the countryside. I am also convinced that farmers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both individually and collectively â&#x20AC;&#x201C; take their responsibilities to look after the landscape and the environment very seriously, balancing that with the very important business of producing food. That is why it is always disappointing when some groups make sweeping generalisations about the impact of modern farming methods â&#x20AC;&#x201C; often with meagre justification or regards for the facts. A recent RSPB news release highlighted the significant decline in kestrel numbers recorded between 1995 and 2012 and suggested that the intensification of agriculture could be the main reason for the significant drop in numbers. Specifically, it alleged that kestrel numbers have fallen at times when there has been a change from spring-sown barley to autumn-sown wheat and oil seed rape. Cue newspaper headlines: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farmers cause kestrel decline.â&#x20AC;? In the search for column inches, the RSPBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arguments may be relevant elsewhere in the UK but from a Scottish perspective, the facts around our agricultural systems would suggest other factors are behind the decline in kestrels. Firstly, it is not generally known that the total area of land used for arable production in Scotland has fallen by 22 percent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; almost a quarter - in the

past century. While we are certainly being more productive from the land that we do crop, it is worth pointing out that the modern methods we use today will have changed little since 1995, the date when the kestrel study started. Secondly, while the overall arable area has been falling, the long term trend in the amount of land sown with kestrel-friendly spring crops in Scotland has been growing since the nineties while the area in winter crops has been going down. If bird numbers of any particular species are changing it is far too simplistic to blame it on cropping patterns, especially when they show the opposite trend in Scotland to that suggested by the RSPB as being a contributory factor in kestrel numbers. Interestingly, the RSPB release on kestrels recognises that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;intra-guild predationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the impact that bigger predator bird species may have on others â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is another factor it is looking at. Farmers, and our close engagement with the countryside around us, means we are well placed to monitor changes in many species, including raptors. Last week, I had up to 14 buzzards following the plough â&#x20AC;&#x201C; back in the seventies, it would have been two or three. The declining population of kestrels is only one of many changes to species populations and, like all things, what is needed is a balanced approach. That sense of balance also has to be applied to the way such changes are reported.

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;/,MONEY4(5 Autumnal Housekeeping By Andrew Turnbull Often this the time of year when farmers "take stock" for various reasons. For a start, a lot of agri-businesses have a Martinmas accounting year-end and there is a need to do a physical stock check for the accountant on 28th November. But this is also a time to reflect on the success (or otherwise) of the harvest season just past, and to review whether yields and prices have produced profitable or mediocre returns. If it has been a good year and there is likely to be a chunky tax bill, now would be the time to see whether that bill could be reduced by investing in new implements, etc., before the end of the accounts year and claiming the annual investment allowance to offset taxable profits. The level of these allowances continues to be generous but check with your tax advisor as there are quirks in the system to catch the unwary. Farmers who have had a bad harvest in 2014 but paid tax on the profits of

the previous year may be able to set back losses against tax for the earlier year. Losses can usually be augmented (or "created") by capital allowances thus increasing the refund. Speak to the accountant again! It is also the time when the SFP can be anticipated in mid-December. For some, the payments will be a welcome reduction in borrowings but for others the funds will have been earmarked to pay for outstanding feeding or repair bills that have been accumulating or to meet annual HP commitments, etc. 2015 will herald major changes to the level of SFP for some farmers and those who are likely to see a significant drop in support should be considering the effect of this in future accounts. Already bankers have been taking an interest in those customers who are likely to lose out and farmers should be ready to anticipate a call from their manager asking what changes in policies are to be brought in to fill the gap.

Andrew Turnbull CA is an Area Director, based in Perth, with First Independent Finance where he specialises in agricultural and industrial loans and finance and farming input loans. His contact details are: Mobile: 07720 886272, Phone 01738 624671, email aturnbull@f-I-f.co.uk 105


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BEAUTIFUL TRACTORS Specially for all our tractor enthusiasts DAVID BROWN, MODEL 1210 UK, 1976

After collaborating with Harry Ferguson in the 1930s, David Brown & Sons charted its own course with a full range of firstclass tractor designs. The 1210 was part of a modern line of tractors introduced just before the company was taken over by the American corporate giant Tenneco in 1972. The David Brown name was dropped in around 1983. Features David Brown built the four-cylinder diesel motor and the excellent 12-speed syncromesh transmission used in the 1210. This model used up-to-date hydraulics and live power take-off and, as pictured, could be made into a four-wheel drive machine by fitting the optional front drive axle. After 1965 David Brown tractors were painted with Orchid White sheet metal and Poppy Red castings and wheels. Uses The 4WD option and the multispeed ‘tranny’ made this a truly general-purpose tractor ready to work hard in all field conditions. With the company now defunct, David Brown tractors are becoming popular with collectors. Related Models The companion 1212 model used an automatic Hydrashift transmission. The 1410 and 1412 each had a higher hp. Power & Size 72 hp; weight: 3447kg (7600lb) length: 143in (363cm) width: 142–203cm (56–80 in, adjustable) height: 272cm (107in) Manufacturing & Distribution Some components were made at David Brown’s Leigh works near Manchester with final assembly at Meltham in Huddersfield. Production of the 1210 ran from 1971 until 1980. Extensive exporting saw the tractors reach North and South America, Europe, southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER, MODEL T-20 CRAWLER USA, 1933

International Harvester built a strong following for its T (‘tracked’) series crawler tractors (TD for diesels). Its first effort was the 1929 TracTracTor, a crawler conversion of the 10-20 Gear Drive wheeled tractor. The T-20 was the first true IHC crawler designed as such and continued to use the catchy TracTracTor brand name. Features The T-20 used IHC’s own four-cylinder petrol and kerosene motor and a three-speed transmission, and could be purchased with power take-off, belt pulley and lights. The louvred engine panels gave it a modern look but it retained IHC’s standard grey colour scheme until the company switched to red around 1937. The T-20’s compact layout made it easy to operate. Uses The T-20 was meant mainly as a farm tractor but could be used in construction and in the timberlands. The T-20 could do any of the wheeled tractor’s farm jobs but offered rugged crawler capabilities for tough situations. There was also an orchard version with extra shielding over the tracks to protect tender plants and branches. Related Models The T-35 and T-40 were larger units in the series. The T-20 was replaced in 1940 by the T-6 and TD-6. Power & Size 25 hp; weight: 3175kg (7000lb) length: 312cm (123in) width: 140cm (55in) height: 142cm (56in) Manufacturing & Distribution Over 15,000 were built from 1931 to 1939 at IHC’s Chicago, Illinois, tractor works. This model saw widespread distribution through IHC dealers across North America, as well as in the UK, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Fiona Larkin The Scottish Salmon Company has announced the appointment of a finance director, Fiona Larkin. Ms Larkin joins the company from Intergen UK Ltd, where she was director of business performance and financial planning & analysis, and previously group financial controller. A graduate of both the University of Edinburgh and the University of Grenoble, Ms Larkin has previously worked at Franklin Temple Investments as deputy European financial controller and internal audit manager, and Price Waterhouse Coopers as a management consultant. She completed her accountancy training at Coopers & Lybrand and is a member of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants.

David Keiley Dumfries based David Keiley has been appointed Senior Dairy Specialist with SAC Consulting, part of Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rural College. David will lead in the delivery of services to dairy farmers, backed up by colleagues and expertise available throughout the research and Education Divisions of SRUC. Living and working in the South West of Scotland, where the majority of Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dairy sector is concentrated David Keiley understands the industry and its needs. Since joining the College fifteen years ago he has worked closely with farmers and other agencies on a range of initiatives including the DairyCo Monitor Farm, the Dairy Cow Welfare Campaign and facilitating the Organic Dairy Focus Farm project.

Chris Wiltshire Chris Wiltshire has been appointed the new branch tactical marketing manager at John Deere Limited. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for delivery of all John Deereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agricultural and turf marketing programmes and activities in the UK and Ireland. Chris Wiltshire graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering with Marketing from Harper Adams University in 1998. He began his career as a technical training instructor for a European competitor prior to joining John Deere Limited in 2000 as an agricultural demonstration instructor, before becoming an ag demonstrator/marketing specialist the following year. 142

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Scottish island life has always held a certain romanticism, with its epic vistas and small, welcoming communities dictating the fascination with the life and history of these places. In A Drop in the Ocean, Polly Pullar has immersed herself in this life, the land and the ways of the Isle of Muck, the smallest of the four main islands in the Small Isles and part of the Inner Hebrides. Pullarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narration is infused with the anecdotes of laird Lawrence MacEwen, whose family has owned the island since1896. His stories of Muck, which sits at just 1500 acres, are very human, interspersed with humour, tragedy and tales from the sea. Delving into the economic and geological aspects of the

community, Pullar explores the farming economy that has driven the island throughout its history, the geological lay of the impressive landscape and the people that make Muck what it is. A Drop in the Ocean is not just an entertaining read, but also an important part of Scottish social history. Complete with black and white and colour photographs, the book illustrates a quiet but determined way of life far removed from the bustle of the modern world. (+YVWPU[OL6JLHU! 3H^YLUJL4HJ,^LUHUK [OL0ZSLVM4\JR Â&#x2030; WIRI` 7VSS`7\SSHYPZW\ISPZOLKI` )PYSPUU3[K ^^^IPYSPUUJV\R

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