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Game Fair Launch of New Estate Management Service

Consultants from Scotland’s Rural College will launch a new Estate Management Service at the Scottish Game Fair.

Their launch reception will take place on the Scone Palace site at 2.00 pm on Friday 5th July, the first day of the three day event. The SAC Consulting Division of SRUC has been involved in estate management work for over 15 years but this is the first time it they have offered it as a complete package.

Game Fair Launch of New Estate Management Service from Scotland’s Rural College

“Historically the College tends to be known for the services we offer farmers and crofters”, says Elgin based Principal Consultant Alister Laing. “In fact, from the network of SAC Consulting offices we have been working with estate owning clients for years, offering either one-off services or longer term arrangements. This new package links all of that with what our wider team of experts can provide”.

Accredited consultants can manage land on a strategic or operational- day to day- basis, depending on the landowner’s needs. SAC Consulting staff are experienced in developing business plans, implementing cropping and stocking policies, optimising market returns and managing labour. However according to Alister Laing many don’t realise what else Scotland’s Rural College can offer.

“We have experts in muirburn for example, as well as specialists in the establishment and marketing of local food. At our Elmwood campus we train gamekeepers and wildlife managers, at Barony we teach forestry skills and I have Consultant colleagues who advise on woodland management and timber production. With environmental concerns and legislation becoming increasingly important, our research colleagues also have a lot to offer. Since the recent merger SRUC is in a better position than ever to add value to activity in rural Scotland.”

SRUC is also about to launch a new Honours degree in Rural Business Management that has been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is the first such accredited course in Scotland and should attract those with an interest in managing estates as a career. Details of the courses on offer at SRUC will be available on the Scottish Game Fair stand.

While the SAC Consulting stand will be staffed all through the three day event, we will be formally launching our services between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm on Friday at a special reception on Stand 3, Gamekeepers Row and everyone is welcome.


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