4 July 06
Handling farm waste-changes needed
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is hosting
agricultural waste roadshows to help the farming community and its
suppliers comply with new waste management controls.
The Agricultural Waste Regulations
(Scotland) 2005 brought agricultural waste under the same regulatory
controls as other commercial activities. The controls came into full
effect on 21 January 2006, Waste Management Legislation now prohibits
the uncontrolled burning of waste on farms and the use of unauthorised
Farms, like any other business, now
have a Duty of Care to ensure that the waste they produce is disposed of
safely and without harm to the environment, through licensed waste
management facilities. This new legislation is intended to protect the
environment and human health for the benefit of farmers and consumers.
What does the regulatory change mean to you?
Many questions have been asked: Can I
dispose of wastes by burning or burying them on my farm? Do I have to
notify SEPA before I burn branch waste and brash? Can I use manures and
slurries on farm? A number of growers are considering buying and sharing
a plastics recycling bin do we have to register this activity? How long
can I store waste on my farm before disposing of it? These are just some
of the questions that will be answered during the road show.
Emma Taylor, area waste co-ordinator
of SEPA said: "These free seminars are intended to raise awareness of
the recent regulatory changes, and outline some of the ways in which
farmers, supporting agencies, suppliers and the waste industry can
respond positively to the challenges ahead. It will also provide a
useful forum to raise any particular issues or barriers to more
sustainable farm waste management in Scotland."
Events will begin with, registration:
11 am. Seminar: 11:30 am. Lunch: 1 pm.
Close 2 pm each day. The road shows will take place on:
· 11 July at Kelso, Springwood Hall
· 14 July at Stirling, Millhall Auction Mart
· 18 July at Dumfries Auction Mart, Dumfries
· 19 July at Ayr Auction Mart, Ayr
· 25 July, Dingwall Auction Mart, Dingwall
· 26 July, Inverurie, Thainstone Centre
To register please click
Waste - time to change.
For registration details please contact Jean Atkinson on: 01786
1 June 06
Appoints New North East Beef Specialist
A new beef
specialist, Ian Pritchard, is due to join Scottish Agricultural College
(SAC) at its Thainstone Office, near Inverurie, on 13 June. This new
post has been established by SAC to further strengthen its services to
beef farmers in the north and north-east of Scotland. The move also
reinforces SAC's commitment to farmers in the area.
Ian will join SAC's Beef and Sheep specialist team bringing with him a
wealth of livestock experience both from his time working with MLC and
latterly with Signet, where he was employed as a livestock breeding
specialist. Prior to this Ian worked as a beef and sheep specialist and
his understanding of enterprise costings, and the commercial and
pedigree beef and sheep sectors will enhance the services that SAC
30 May 06
Gets New Funding For Courses In HIE Area
SAC has been awarded nearly £152,000 by the European Social Fund (ESF)
and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to fund the continuation of a
training project in the highlands and islands area. The renewed funding
will support the project from August 2006 to July 2007.
25 May 06
Mey Selections Adds £140,000 In Premium
Prices For Local Farmers
Selections the new group formed to promote
quality livestock from the northern parts of
the Highlands has been hugely successful -
way beyond expectations. The first
annual report covering five month of trading
has reported a turnover of £1.2million.
Mey Selections was launched by The Prince
Charles, the Duke of Rothesay in August last
year aiming to boost the North Highlands
economy by promoting three aspects -
produce, tourism and the built environment.
Strong and increasing demand for the Mey
Selections brand means that the product is
in demand with Sainsbury's who were first in
looking to expand the products into 98
stores and more demand coming from the
service and catering industries.
27 April 06
gear up for 60th Anniversary Year
Halkirk Young Farmers Club are holding three events throughout 2006 to
celebrate their 60 years in existence. The first event is an anniversary
Quiz to be held on Friday 19th May at 7.30pm in the Ross Institute,
Halkirk. Teams will comprise 4 people and Question Master for the
evening will be Mr. James Campbell with Adjudicator, Mr. John Bremner.
Question topics include Music,Sport, Agriculture and Questions on
Halkirk YFC. Music and teas will follow the Quiz. Anyone interested in
entering a team should contact Ellen on 01847 890180.
Farmers page for other events
23 March 05
"Chelsea Tractor" tax
The Countryside Alliance has warned that higher taxes on high-emission
cars and 4x4s will negatively impact rural Britain, and is likely to
have a negligible effect in urban areas.
Under Gordon Brown's proposals,
vehicles with high carbon emissions will be penalised with a higher tax.
While many sports and estate cars will fall into this bracket, most
four-wheel drive vehicles, which farmers and the rural population are
dependent on in their daily lives, will also fall into this higher tax
While we welcome the concept of
environmental care which the Government is trying to address, we are
extremely concerned that this measure directly discriminates against
rural Britain with no significant environmental impact.
As it stands, this vehicle tax 'superband'
is merely paying lip service to the environmental lobby, and ignores the
needs of the rural community, who put four-wheel drives to their proper
use. An extra £45 on a tax bill will make no difference to those in
urban areas who can fork out £50,000 on a leisure vehicle.
It will have a direct impact on
farmers and rural workers who depend on their 4X4 vehicles to go about
their daily business, and use them through necessity rather than choice.
We are talking about people with battered four-wheel drives and real
tractors rather than brand new immaculate "Chelsea tractors".
In 2000, this Government made a
commitment to the rural community, promising 'rural proofing' of
legislative and tax measures. Once again, they seem to have failed to do
so. In his search for an eye-catching environmental initiative, the
Chancellor has taken an ill-thought through approach to solving an urban
problem, which will hurt hard-up rural families and businesses.
23 March 06
A free website offering practical advice to
small businesses on their environmental obligations
14 March 06
Free Signs For Highland Land Managers!
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is offering 1000 free signs and
information packs to farmers and other land managers to help make
access part of their day-to-day operations. The signs are examples of
how to provide information for the public that's consistent with the
Scottish Outdoor Access Code and are part of new help and advice on
access for land managers. Activities covered on the 10 signs include
lambing, young livestock, land management operations, woodland
management operations, shooting, working farmyards, farm traffic, fire
risk, field margins and wildlife breeding sites. Land managers can use
the signs to advise visitors about activities and hazards and allow the
public to decide what action they should take.
19 January 06
Caithness Farmer In Line
Danny Miller who farms at Bilbster is
one of the five finalists in line to win the
NFU Scotland Farmland Biodiversity Award.
The NFU Scotland Farmland Biodiversity
Award, sponsored by RSPB Scotland, was
established six years ago. The Award aims
to recognise and reward farmers or crofters
whose contributions have benefited priority
species or habitats as defined by RSPB
Scotland and the Scottish Biodiversity
Strategy. Danny farms almost 1300 hectares
at Wick in Caithness. The key
achievement he cites since embarking on his
work towards biodiversity is the return of
grey partridge to the farm, as well as
increasing numbers of brown hare and huge
numbers of swallows and bats.
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