Tractor in the outer Isles

News

Compulsory Bluetongue Vaccination Programme To Be Launched

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead has confirmed that a compulsory vaccination programme will be launched this winter to protect Scotland’s livestock industry against the spread of bluetongue virus.
Go to The Scottish Government website on Bluetongue it has much information on the disease with a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section. Please see link below:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Agriculture/animal-welfare/Diseases/SpecificDisease/bluetongue/bluetonguecurrent

SCF Summarises Member’s Views on Shucksmith

Monday, September 15, 2008

Following an extensive series of meetings, The Scottish Crofting Foundation has sent a summary of its members’ views on the Shucksmith Report to the Minister for crofting Michael Russell MSP.

SCF_SUMMARISES_VIEWS.pdf

Summary of SCF members’ response to the CoIoC recommendations

Monday, September 15, 2008

There is consensus that the CoIoC Final Report is a useful reference document that can be used to steer crofting reform, whilst recognising that not all of the recommendations are acceptable. There has been opinion at both ends of the spectrum from ‘bin Shucksmith’ to ‘this is the best thing to have happened to crofting’, with the majority recognising that crofting has problems and that change has to happen, but carefully. The whole Inquiry process has been very useful in stimulating discussion on crofting.

Summary_of_views.pdf

The RSE Committee of Inquiry Into the Future of Scotlands Hills and Islands

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Royal Socitey of Edinburgh committee of inquiry into the Future of Scotland’s Hills and Islands report was launched in September. This link goes to the page on which you will find the links to the full report and a summary report.

http://www.rse.org.uk/enquiries/hill_and_island_areas/index.htm