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Crofting Cabinet Secretary upbeat on future at Federation event

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation was delighted that the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy attended the Spirit of Crofting event in Rothes, Moray on Friday 5th October. Mr. Ewing gave an upbeat speech about the immediate outlook for crofting – despite the looming ‘bùrach’, as he called it, of Brexit.

“He reminded us at the outset about the extent to which crofters’ rights had to be fought for,” said SCF’s chair Russell Smith, “touching on the Battle of the Braes and the memorial to the returning servicemen’s struggle for land in Upper Coll, Lewis, that he visited recently. The years of struggle for land rights are still fresh in the minds of many in the Crofting Counties, and we must not forget this in reforming the legislation. But Mr Ewing was here to ‘celebrate that indomitable crofting spirit’ and the ‘commitment, passion, determination and fortitude shown by a very special community of people, unique to Scotland - the crofting community’.

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Federation event celebrates the role of young people in crofting

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) was delighted to recognise young crofters with an awards ceremony at the ‘Celebrating the Spirit of Crofting’ event in Rothes, Moray last Friday.The ‘Euan MacRae Best Crofting Newcomer Award’ is for new entrants with a keen interest in the land who may have made a start in crofting or are on the road to doing so. This award is named after Euan MacRae of Drumbeg, Sutherland, a young and infectiously enthusiastic crofter who sadly passed away in summer 2017 just after his 19th birthday.

The ‘Young Crofter of the Year Award’ is aimed at those aged 40 and under who have taken their first steps on the crofting ladder or have established themselves in crofting, and are good examples of best practice and success within their field.

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Crofting Federation calls on the Comhairle to provide concrete assurances on abattoir provision in Stornoway

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) calls on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to provide reassurance to the crofting community of Lewis and Harris, following a report before the Comhairle’s Policy and Resources committee on the 2nd October which outlined proposals for the sale of the current Stornoway abattoir site to a developer and the, apparently unplanned,relocation of the service.

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New Zealand leader of women in agriculture visits Scotland

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Lindy Nelson, the CEO of the New Zealand Agri-Women`s Development Trust, will be speaking at Dewars Centre, Perth on Thursday 4 October 2018 at 19:30.

2013 Business Woman of the Year, named by Primary Magazine as one of the top ten women in agriculture and Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to agriculture and women, Lindy Nelson is a sheep and beef farmer regarded by many as a visionary leader. She is currently visiting Scotland. The full press release including details of how to book for this event can be found here.

Lindy Nelson will also be addressing the SCF Celebrating the Spirit of Crofting event in Rothes this Friday. Limited tickets are available here.