Farming roadshow launched in Oban
NFU SCOTLAND launched a series of 11 livestock road shows in Oban at the Corran Halls last Friday night.
Between now and the end of November livestock research, cross compliance and animal disease are the topics up for discussion across the country.
Oban’s evening was chaired by David Bolt, of Campbeltown branch, who farms suckler cows at Kilkenzie.
He said: ‘ NFUS is just helping people to be up to speed and efficient farming.
‘ There are things within the Scottish Government which are changing all the time and we have to try and help all our members know what's happening.’
The guest- speakers were Joanne Conington, livestock geneticist from Scottish Rural College and Graeme Pirie, SGRIPD, Scottish Government Rural Payment and Inspections Division, based in Oban.
Ms Conington said: ‘ The idea is to give an over-view of sheep and beef research that’s going on at SRUC. We have 500 animal scientists in one building which is very exciting; to help improve animal performance and farm efficiency.’
And Mr Pirie added: ‘ It is about trying to help members become more efficient and more productive in the face of adversity.’
Charlie Adams, livestock chairman NFUS, who farms suckler cows at Alford, Aberdeenshire was also at the launch, which was attended by farmers from across Argyll and the islands, including Colonsay, Mull and Lismore.
David Bolt, NFUS Argyll; Joanne Conington, SRUC; Graeme Pirie, SGRPID and Charlie Adam, who chairs the NFUS livestock committee, at Friday night’s launch of the
NFUS livestock roadshows.