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AgriScot Preview: Advice and debate in seminars

Contract Farming, dairy performance and trees all feature strongly on the seminar programme at AgriScot.

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The programme includes a look at financial support for woodland creation.
The programme includes a look at financial support for woodland creation.

Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Woodlands will stage a seminar to highlight the potential opportunities for and benefits of integrating forestry into farming in order to maximise business productivity and diversify incomes.

 

Virginia Scott Harden of Forestry Commission Scotland says: “By looking at existing agricultural businesses that already benefit from woodland creation, we will explore the financial support available for woodland creation, timber demand, forestry as an investment and its use in adding value to unproductive land.

 

We will also outline some of the less well-known aspects of forestry – such as livestock and crop productivity benefits, diffuse pollution control and natural flood management. “

 

A focus on contract farming and share farming, is likely to be of interest to existing farmers and new entrants, following recent legislative changes in agricultural leases.

 

Agricultural lawyer, Clive Phillips, a Partner at Brodies LLP, will host an afternoon seminar exploring contract and share farming arrangements, while in the morning, NFUS also plan a session examining these alternatives business models.

NFUS will also host their traditional key-note seminar featuring Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing and NFUS President Andrew McCornick.

 

The outlook, opportunities, and obstacles for Scottish dairy farmers will be up for discussion at a session with Kite consultant David Keiley and independent market analyst Chris Walkland. To compliment this, the Scottish Dairy Hub will again host a Question Time event. The Hub panel will include Tom Hind (chief strategy officer at AHDB), Rory Christie (dairy farmer), Roddy Maclean (RBS director of agriculture) and Ian Potter (industry commentator).

 

In a more technical session there will be a focus on managing the factors that affect calf and heifer growth in order to optimise animal performance and improving the overall profitability of dairy enterprises.

Seminar Programme

All seminars take place in the Upper Foyer of the Highland Hall

 

Seminar Room 1

 

11.00am – 12.00pm - NFU Scotland’s President Andrew McCornick and Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing.

1.30pm – 2.30pm - Scottish Dairy Hub

 

Seminar Room 2

 

9.00am – 10.00am - heifer rearing

10.00am – 11.00am - Opportunities for integrating forestry with agriculture.

1.00pm – 1.45pm - The outlook, opportunities, and obstacles for Scottish dairy farmers

2.15pm – 3.15pm - contract and share farming

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