Seminars 2018

AgriScot is well known for its seminar programme which allows the opportunity for discussion, debate and advice on topics relevant to all sectors of agriculture and agribusiness.

Seminars take place in the Upper Foyer of the Highland Hall and are often full to capacity so get along early to avoid disappointment!

All seminars take place in the Upper Foyer of the Highland Hall. Details for the 2018 Seminar programme are detailed below with more information to follow.

Seminar Room 1

11.00am – 12.00pm

NFU Scotland’s President Andrew McCornick and Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing will use the annual seminar to drive discussion on the current priorities for Scottish farming and the challenging times the sector faces.

Most importantly, the floor will then be opened to the membership for their views and questions on the big issues affecting Scottish farming and crofting.

This is your chance to hear from and question two key figures in Scottish agriculture.

The Union can also be contacted in the Highland Hall (Stand 10) throughout the day.

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1.00pm – 2.00pm

Scottish Dairy Hub

The Scottish Dairy Hub will be holding their Question Time event again at Agriscot. Come along to hear our panel discuss the dairy industry issues of the day.

The session will be chaired by RHASS Chief Executive Alan Laidlaw and speakers will include:


Tom Hind (Chief Strategy Officer at AHDB)

Rory Christie (Dairy Farmer)

Roddy Maclean (RBS Director of Agriculture)

Ian Potter (Industry Commentator)


If you have any questions you would like raised on the day please get in touch with Stuart Martin at

DairyPro CPD points are available for attending AgriScot and additional points can be collected for attending this seminar.

Seminar Room 2

9.00am – 10.00am

Heifer Rearing – Cargill

Understanding the factors that affect calf and heifer growth is fundamental to optimising animal performance and improving the overall profitability of the dairy enterprise.  The objective of a calf and heifer rearing programme is to produce a long-lived, high-yielding, fertile and healthy animal to enter the future milking herd.  Heifer rearing represents a large proportion of the farm’s production costs and achieving an optimal age at first calving of 24 months is a big driver of profitability in the dairy enterprise.  The calf period is often perceived as a ‘non-productive’ phase of the life cycle of a dairy cow – nutrition, health and management factors during the rearing period are crucial for the start of a lifetime.  The presentation will focus on the fundamentals of calf nutrition to optimise lifetime performance of dairy cows.


DairyPro CPD points are available for attending AgriScot and additional points can be collected for attending this seminar.

10.00am – 11.00am

Opportunities for Integrating Forestry with Agriculture

Delivered in conjunction with Scottish Woodlands, this seminar aims to highlight the potential opportunities for integrating forestry into existing land uses, specifically agriculture, to maximise business productivity and diversify incomes whilst contributing towards Scottish Government Climate Change related Woodland Creation targets. In times of falling incomes from traditional agriculture and in the face of uncertainty over the future of subsidies and the related potential for farmers being paid for the provision of environmental services, woodland creation can offer a valuable opportunity for business diversification, and for increasing future business resilience.

The seminar will cover the financial support available for woodland creation, timber demand and forestry as an investment, opportunities for adding value to unproductive land and the lesser well known non- timber benefits of forestry, such as livestock and crop productivity benefits, diffuse pollution control and natural flood management. Case studies of existing agricultural businesses already benefiting  from woodland creation will also be highlighted on the day.

12.15pm – 1.00pm

The outlook, opportunities, and obstacles for Scottish dairy farmers 

Chris Walkland, independent dairy market analyst and journalist, together with David Keiley, Kite Consulting’s Scottish based senior consultant, will present an overview of the present market situation, prospects for the next few months and immediate practical challenges facing Scottish dairy farmers. They’ll also assess what might lie ahead for dairy farming in Scotland over the medium term, from an economic and technical perspective.

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2.15pm – 3.15pm

Contract and Share Farming

Following recent legislative changes in agricultural leases, the seminar will focus on the alternatives of contract farming and share farming. This topic will explore these models for farming land, which may be of particular interest to those farmers who are looking to take a step back from hands-on farming and who are looking for ways to expand their business. It will also be of interest to new entrants.

Overview presentation – Clive Phillips, Partner and Head of Land & Rural Business, Brodies LLP

Share farming breakout session – led by Brodies LLP rural law experts


DairyPro CPD points are available for attending AgriScot and additional points can be collected forattending this seminar.

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