Tractor in the outer Isles


SCF To Launch Report of Housing on Croft Land Study.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

An in-depth study looking at the sustainable use of croft land to help meet rural housing needs commissioned by the SCF has been completed and the report will be launched on 8th April at a reception at Cowan House, Inverness.

View in pdf format below. (1MB)


Sheep Tagging Petition

Friday, March 14, 2008

The NFUS, together with the Scottish Farmer, has launched a sheep tagging petition, focusing on the current double tagging rules and threat of individual recording and have asked for our help in ensuring as many sheep producers as possible sign up.
Please consider signing this petition, either electronically or by text / phone (see below for details).
The link to the e-petition is:
There is also a text message service for people to sign up. For someone to sign up, they just need to send a text from their mobile to 80011 starting the text with the word “NFUS” followed by their name and town. There is also a phoneline (0131 472 4015) where people can leave their details for the petition.

Cabinet Secretary urged to consider further use of National Envelopes

Friday, March 07, 2008

The Scottish Crofting Foundation this week wrote to Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead stressing the importance of the Scottish Beef Calf Scheme in supporting suckler cattle herds in the hills.

According to SCF Chairman Norman Leask, the effectiveness of the scheme, which recycles money within the beef sector to support breeding herds, provides an example of how mechanisms under the CAP can be used to achieve specific outcomes.

He said, “The CAP Healthcheck will provide an opportunity over the coming year or so to decide what we want to see happening with agricultural support. Decoupling of support has produced many challenges, especially in more marginal hill, upland and areas. In some places, particularly in the Highlands and Islands, declines in livestock numbers are pretty steep. Cattle numbers, though, are holding up better than sheep and we think this is partly to be explained by the targeted, simple and accessible support available through the Beef Calf Scheme.


Indigenous People

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Parallels between highland crofters and Norwegian Sami and some political implications of indigenous status.

crofters-indigenous-people.pdf (4.2 mbs)