CAP Reform, the continued pressure of external costs and the lack of price
signals from the marketplace have all culminated in an uncertain future for
Scotland’s farmers and crofters.
In an effort to ease the burden that this creates, NFU Scotland
Highland region have decided to provide a forum for delivering
information to assist producers make those ever increasing business
This forum, a continuation of the Farming for the Future project
which has already had proven success in Orkney, is today being
launched in Highland Region.
The balance between specialist advice and practical realities
must be delivered and for this reason each event uses a range
of speakers from SAC specialists to local vets, local butchers
and farmers from other areas of the country. The focus has been
firmly placed on allowing farmers to have a forum for sharing
ideas as well as receiving information from others. The benefits
of networking are advocated in all other industries and Farming
for the Future aims to demonstrate the crucial benefits of social
interaction to agriculture.
The first day of the project, expected to take place in October,
will concentrate on Bull Management and it will be followed by
other livestock topics including Cow Management, Feeding for
the Market and Tup Management.
It is hoped that these will then be followed by a series of
arable events tailored according to member demand.
Speaking today about the project, Colin Manson, Regional Board
“Having been up and seen the success of the Farming for
the Future project in Orkney, I was keen to see if that could
be replicated in Highland. We conducted a consultation process
with members and found that at grass roots level the membership
is keen to go forward with the project and to take advantage
of it in order to further their businesses.
“So far, in Orkney, they have found that engaging directly
with members in a practical sense has a real impact when it comes
to helping them to develop their businesses. In today’s
agricultural climate we must focus on producing for the marketplace
and I believe that the project will help people to do just that.
“The Black Isle Show provides us with a superb platform
on which to launch the project and to provide members will more
information. As in Orkney, we are very grateful to the European
Social Fund which will fund the project.”
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