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SCF calls on Scottish Government to support creation of small local abattoirs

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) calls on the Scottish Government to give tangible support to the creation of small local abattoirs that can underpin the meat niche market Scotland seeks.

“The abattoir situation is very vexing,” said SCF Chair, Russell Smith. “We all agree that the niche, high provenance meat market is the way forward for Scotland, whatever happens regarding Europe. Yet high quality meat producers’ efforts are stymied by having such a scarcity of abattoirs and thus poor traceability. Animal welfare is compromised by vast transport distances and there is the added cost of travelling to and from the abattoir which can make direct selling unprofitable for small producers. Inexplicably, this cannot be compensated for in Less Favoured Area support. Look at a map showing red meat slaughtering facilities in the UK; it is not great elsewhere but Scotland is shamefully neglected, it is an abattoir desert.

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Job Opportunity Training Administrator Ullapool

Monday, January 15, 2018

Due to a long term staff absence this role with the Scottish Crofting Federation has become available. Working as part of a small office based team in Ullapool this role would suit anyone who has experience of working with spreadsheets, bookings systems and customer facing roles. The training project is a funded training programme that provides training courses across the Highlands and Islands for up to 500 participants per annum in a variety of skills from new entrant crofting training to practical skills courses.

Training Administrator: Crofters and Smallholders Skills Project

Job Title: Training Administrator

Hours of Work: 35 Hours (1 FTE)

Salary: Starting at £18,180 raising to £18,361 from 1st July 2018

Timescale: Contract: 1st March 2018 – 30th June 2019

Primary Purpose: To provide administrative and organisational support to the Training and Development Managers – Crofters and Smallholders Skills Boost Training Project

Further Info: Full job description and person specification can be provided upon request by email, informal telephone enquiries may be made on 01854 612220.

Closing Date: Applications (CV and covering letter) must be received by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than 11.59PM on Friday 2nd February 2018

Interview Date: Interviews will be held week beginning 12th February 2018

SCF broadly welcomes Michael Gove’s views on future agricultural policy

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has largely welcomed the Secretary of State for Environment, Michael Gove’s views on agriculture set out in his paper ‘Farming for the next generation’.

“The Secretary of State’s vision for a fairer agricultural system that, supported with public money, delivers more public benefit is to be welcomed”, said Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation. “His paper, spoken to last week at the Oxford Farming Conference and at the larger Oxford Real Farming Conference, has brought a great deal of comment,” Mr Smith went on. “This is not surprising given that it marks the potential end of a very unfair regime that, as Mr Gove says, ‘gives the most from the public purse to those who have the most private wealth’. We may at last see a real shift from the ‘perverse outcomes’ to ‘the presumption that we should only support clear public goods the market will not, left to itself, provide’.”

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