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With the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, announcements on the Ewe Hogg Scheme and delayed CAP payments, we want to hear your views and any questions you may have on crofting matters. Drop in to SCF HQ in Kyle between10.30-12.30, or if you would prefer an appointment please book between 12.30-14.00. Tea and coffee. All welcome. To book and appointment or for more information please call 01599 5300050 or email hq@



Tuesday 22 August at 7pm in Gairloch Village Hall. Hosted by SRUC, come along and put your question to the panel of experts.



The Crofting Law Group are holding their annual conference this year at Lews Castle, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis on 9th June 2017.

Chaired by Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, Bt. QC, the conference will look at the Scottish Government’s proposals for Crofting Law Reform, where things are at and what happens next. Michael O’Neill from the Crofting Bill Team of the Scottish Government will guide delegates through that.

There will be views from Patrick Krause Chief Executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation.

Bill Barron, Chief Executive of the Crofting Commission will provide a Crofting Commission Update.

The Conference will look at the question of Common Grazings, what went wrong last year and what does the future hold with reference to the Crofting Commission’s proposed new Common Grazing Regulations Template. There will be contributions and discussion on this topic from the Crofting Commission’s Solicitor, David Findlay, Solicitor Brian Inkster, Crofters and Landlords.

Relevant excerpts of the film ‘Grazing on the Edge’ will be shown and introduced by Janette Sutherland of the Scottish Agricultural College.

Duncan MacPhee, Solicitor, will look at Mortgages for Croft Houses.

There will also be the usual case law update provided this year by Robert Sutherland, Advocate.

Representatives from Registers of Scotland will be on hand to answer any queries concerning the Crofting Register.

For full details and to book your place see here


Local Hustings

Election Hustings in Pittentrail Hall, Rogart

Tuesday 23 May 7.30-9.00pm

Come along and

* Meet the candidates

* Voice your concerns

* Ask your questions

* Listen to each party

Sponsored by Caidreachas Croitearachd na h-Alba, Meur Chataibh/ Scottish Crofting Federation, South-east Sutherland Branch


SCF Annual Gathering 2017 - Crofting’s place in Europe

Mr. Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity opened the event as keynote speaker and took multiple questions from the floor. He reiterated his personal and the Scottish government’s continued support for crofting.

Friday 10 March Session 1:


Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, from Fryslân, professor emeritus Wageningen Agricultural University and adjunct professor of rural sociology at the China Agricultural University in Beijing, opened the session. Using data from 26 years of research into farming styles, he made the case for small-scale agriculture, to be seen not as failed large farming but as a productive class in its own (often farming ‘economically’) and - contrary to expectations - not disappearing.

To download a copy of Jan Douwe van der Ploeg’s PowerPoint presentation as a Pdf (4 mbs) ... Please click here

Gwyn Jones from Wales and director of the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism. He worked for 20 years in the Highlands and Islands, mostly as a SAC advisor. He has carried out research on common grazings and on wider CAP support for crofting and presented data on Pillar two of the CAP, showing a mismatch between policy and implementation.

To download a copy of Gwyn Jone’s PowerPoint presentation as a Pdf (4 mbs) ... Please click here

Steven G Thomson, Senior Agricultural Economist with 24 years of experience in agricultural and rural policy analysis, presented a comprehensive set of data on the First Pillar of CAP under the title “Crofting in Numbers”.

To download a copy of Steven Thomson’s PowerPoint presentation as a Pdf (5 mbs) ... Please click here

Samuel Féret is the executive coordinator of ARC2020 (Agricultural and Rural Convention) since April 2013, a French NGO focused on analysing and promoting better food and farming policies in the EU. Together with Slow Food Youth Network leaders, he is the co-editor of a book “CAP What’s Cooking, Recipes to better understand the CAP”.

To download a copy of Samuel Féret’s PowerPoint presentation as a Pdf (1 mbs) ... Please click here

Hanny van Geel spoke on behalf of the European Coordination Via Campesina, the European part of the global movement of La Via Campesina, of which SCF is a member. She is initiator of a young female farmers group and trainer of young (female) farmers and former chair of Nederlandse Akkerbouw Vakbond (Dutch Arable Farmers Association).

To download a copy of Hanny van Geel’s PowerPoint presentation as a Pdf (4 mbs) ... Please click here

The last speaker, Robin Calvert, runs the 44 hectare croft Reidchalmai at Rogart with his wife Penny. “We have a fold of Highland cattle and buy-in lambs to sell on as gimmers, also free-range pigs and poultry, hay and some roots. Essence of the croft is to make it as self-supporting as possible whilst maintaining high standards of animal welfare” Most home-bred animals are used as the basis for his birth-to-plate business the ‘Well Hung Lamb Co.’ which has been running since 2001 through the on- the- croft butchering unit. He made a plea for crofters to beat the drum louder for crofting meat.

Saturday 11 March Session

Dr Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe. The opening speech - Scotland’s Position in Brexit - is available to view here.

A summary of the presentation by Bill Barron, Chief Executive, Crofting Commission is available in the latest edition of the Crofter (111).


First Call for SCF Annual Gathering 2017

SCF will hold it’s 2017 Annual gathering, with the theme Crofting’s Place in Europe, on 10th and 11th March, noon to noon, in Applecross, Wester Ross. The event aims to set a crofting agenda for the upcoming Brexit negotiations and a post-Brexit agricultural policy that is fit for crofting.

Location: Hartfield House, Applecross.

Time: from lunch to lunchtime, Friday 10 - Saturday 11 March. The programme will start at 2pm sharp but gathering will be from noon on.

Registration: there will be no registration fee; however, places will be limited so you do have to register with .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). More details can be found here….


Crofting Community & The Environment

An event delivered by the Land Manager’s Advisory Group (a subsidiary of the Sleat General Grazings Committee) intended to bring a greater awareness of what Crofters do, what their regulatory responsibilities are, what management schemes they are involved in and what they do for the countryside in general will take place at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Wednesday, 21st September 2016 at 7pm.

William Swan will be introducing the law and structure under which Crofters operate, with Ian Lindsay providing information on land use and the environment. Alastair Culbertson will
talk about schemes such as the Sea Eagle Scheme and these presentations will be followed by a Q & A session.

The event isn’t specifically for Crofters (though some will attend) but is intended to inform the wider community who know little or nothing about how Crofters handle their responsibilities. It is aimed at imparting some background knowledge which will help explain to the uninitiated why Crofters do what they do, so please do come along.


​Crofters’ and Smallholders’ Discussion Meeting

Crofters’ and Smallholders’ Discussion Meeting

The meeting will take place at the Pittentrail Hall, Rogart , IV28 3XJ at 6.30 pm on Monday 20th June 2016.

All welcome

Madeleine Henry and Katie Adam (researchers from SRUC Inverness) together with Caroline Robinson (Veterinary Investigation officer from SAC Consulting, Perth) invite you to a evening meeting to discuss attitudes to animal health, welfare and biosecurity among crofters, smallholders and smaller-scale livestock keepers.


SOIL: Knowing what you’ve got & making it work for you

Thursday 2nd June, 10.30 – 3.30 Chalmersquoy, Westray, Orkney

Practical hands-on day with James Bretherton, Agscope, organised by the Soil Association Scotland. The event includes BYO soil & soil analysis session and looking at the most vital asset on your farm: SOIL. Discussing soil analysis, hysical soil assessment, taking appropriate remedial action & answering your soil related questions.

Free of charge to farmers and land managers & £40.00 plus VAT to others. Booking is required, so lunch & packs can be provided. For further information please call Lyn 07899791748 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Funded by The Scottish Government & The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development with partner funding from QMS, Forestry Commission Scotland & Duchy Future Farming.


Soil Muck and Money

Wednesday 1st June, Beaquoy Farm, Dounby, Orkney

The event is kindly supported by William Shearer and is a practical event looking at soil, grassland management, making best use of FYM and slurry for optimum production. Organised and hosted by the Soil Association Scotland, speakers include James Bretherton, AgScope and Iain Eadie, Germinal UK Ltd. Free of charge to farmers and land managers and £40.00 plus VAT to others.

The event will be run in the morning (10am–1pm) and repeated in the afternoon (2pm–5pm). Booking is required, so lunch & packs can be provided. For further information please call Lyn on 07899 791748 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Funded by The Scottish Government & The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development with partner funding from QMS, Forestry Commission Scotland & Duchy Future Farming.


Horticulture: a one-day course for crofters and small producers

Wednesday 11th May, Glendale, Isle of Skye, 9.30am-4pm

A practical one-day event looking at soils, fertilisers and rotations for horticultural crops, organised by the Soil Association. The day will include outdoor practical sessions including soil physical assessment, crop rotations for polytunnels, and placement of windbreaks and shelters.

Speakers include Audrey Litterick (Audrey Litterick Consulting) and Donald Murdie (Gatrigill), authors of Horticulture: A Handbook for Crofters.

The event is free to land managers; £40 + VAT to others.

Booking is required for catering purposes. Contact David on 0131 666 2474 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info.


Grassland: Managing Soils & Weeds; a one-day course for crofters

Tuesday 10th May, Portree, Isle of Skye, 10.30am-3pm

The Soil Association is organising this course to look at practical soil management and sustainable weed control. The day will include a visit to a croft followed by a BYO soils workshop and Q&A session. Speakers include independent consultant, Ian Cairns.

The event is free to land managers; £40 + VAT to others.

Booking is required for catering purposes. Contact David on 0131 666 2474 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info.


National Rural Hustings

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in May this year, NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates are delighted to host a cross-party hustings event to focus on the issues critical to rural Scotland.

The hustings will be held on Thursday 7th April, 7pm-9pm at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, and will feature a panel of representatives from the Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrats, the Scottish Green Party and the SNP. It will provide a fantastic opportunity for us to debate the key rural issues and ask candidates from each party to set out their vision for rural Scotland, with a range of organisations and guests from across the rural sector in attendance.

The hustings will be moderated by Ken Rundle, SRUC, and will feature:

Richard Lochhead, SNP

Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Sarah Boyack, Scottish Labour

Peter Chapman, Scottish Conservatives

Mark Ruskell, Scottish Green Party

The event has been organised and supported by a range of rural industry groups, including the Scottish Crofting Federation.

Read more…


Local Meetings

SCF is coming to Barra and Benbecula! On Wednesday 24th February and Thursday 25th February 2016, SCF will be hosting local meetings in Barra and Benbecula.

The meetings will have speakers on national issues, a Q&A session and discussion of local issues.As well as SCF's Patrick Krause the speakers include; Registers of Scotland's Rhona Elrick and Kay Dallas, Scottish Government's Lucy Carmichael and Crofting Commission's I G MacDonald.

For more information, please contact Maria Scholten at SCF 01599 530 003.


Future of Crofting - Video report from the Conference

Professor Mark Shucksmith reflects on the Committee of Inquiry into Crofting - from the Future of Crofting conference, Inverness, December 2015. View the video here.

A short report about the conference can be seen here.

Scottish Rural Networks videos including a speech by Dr Aileen McLeod can be seen here.