Scotland's Farm Advisory Service was set up thanks to funding from the Scottish Government and European Union. Our podcast covers a range of topics but all are supposed to either help to support your business be more profitable or look at ways to better use the natural environment.
Thrill of The Hill: Nature Friendly Farming Network
46:03In the shadow of COP26 Scotland prepares to host the world as we agree common targets and policies to combat climate change, equally important is the biodiversity crisis. In episode seventeen of the Thrill of the Hill series the Alex Pirie from the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) talks to Nature Friendly Farming Network coordinator, Phil Knott about how Scotland is addressing biodiversity decline, the need for a conservation calculator and the effectiveness of the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS). Also up for discussion is crofting’s contribution to biodiversity enhancement and our hopes for a future potential outcomes based environmental scheme.
Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition with Anna Groom
34:10As part of the Health is your Wealth series we chatted with Anna Groom, registered dietician, nutritionist and farmers wife. With Anna we discuss why nutrition is important and how those working in rural industries can improve their health and overall wellbeing through better informed decisions about nutrition.
Thrill of the Hill: Heather management
48:57Scotland is host to the largest concentration of heather moorland in the world with huge biodiversity interest and carbon holding potential. In this episode of the Thrill of the Hill series Alex Pirie from the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) talks to British Moorlands advisor, Dick Bartlett about the state of Scotland’s moorlands, with conversation ranging from hot topics like burning, as well as swiping and grazing for heather management, the carbon holding potential of peat and biodiversity value of these unique habitats. Also up for discussion is the potential for rewilding and the outlook of gamekeepers and land managers at a time of transition.
36:03Ramularia has established itself as one of hardest of all pathogens to manage in our barley crops. Symptoms are unpredictable and severity varies hugely site to site and season to season. At its worst it damages yield and quality and has evolved resistance to many fungicide groups. This podcast discusses the latest research and lays bare ramularia’s complicated lifecycle. With trial results just in, leading Ramularia expert Neil Havis form SRUC discusses the latest findings and the practical management messages.
Crop Trials Research into Practice
21:40In this podcast, Agricultural Consultants Julian Bell and Mark Bowsher-Gibbs review the 2021 growing season along with a few market predictions going forward. Expectations at sowing and following the cold Spring weren't high, so where are we now and what can be done?
The Surprising Life of Freshwater Pearl Mussels
38:51In this podcast Janette Sutherland chats to Mary McAndrew who is a project officer with the Pearl Mussel Project in Ireland. Ireland and Scotland have rivers in their High Nature Value farmland areas with populations of Freshwater Pearl Mussels. Mary discusses the lifecycle of this species and how their success is connected to farming practices. Mary then tells us how their project with a Result Based payment has shifted the mindsets of the farmers she works with.
Livestock Monthly: Dairy (September 2021)
35:37In the latest of our livestock monthly podcasts episodes, this month hosted by Malcolm MacDonald of SAC Consulting, we talk dairy with specialist Lorna MacPherson and Colin Mason of SRUC Vets. What are the seasonal challenges dairy farmers are facing and what's the best strategy to get you through the season whether you're partially housed or still at grass. Colin and Lorna talk about the animal health and nutritional challenges for the coming months.
Precision solutions to animal health & welfare: Natural alternatives to reduce reliance on anthelmintics.
20:24Welcome along to our animal health & welfare series of eight podcasts. Each podcast will look at the latest research around animal health & welfare, with the aim of providing you an insight into the latest strategies which are being both developed & implemented. In this episode Tiffany Mactaggart is joined by Dr Spiridoula Athanasiadou. Spiridoula discusses research which is being carried out to find ways to reduce anthelmintic use and reliance, by using natural alternatives including grazing livestock on chicory and heather.
Growing cut flowers in Skye
17:15Janette Sutherland SAC Portree interviews Catherine Matheson, Flùraichean le Gaol, Skye. Flùraichean le Gaol means flowers with love in Gaelic and Catherine discusses growing cut flowers in Skye, starting a new business and incorporating her Gaelic heritage into her company branding. Find Flùraichean le Gaol on Instragram and Facebook to follow Catherine’s growing journey.
Sustainable Sheep Systems – Mastitis
40:18Daniel Stout speaks with Professor Laura Green OBE and Poppy Frater about the latest research on mastitis, the pathogens involved and how we can refine management and nutrition in sheep systems to reduce mastitis risk. If mastitis is a real issue in your flock this podcast is one to listen to.