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President's Blog - 13 January 2015

It is a bleak start to the New Year for milk producers.  The worldwide collapse in dairy commodity values, compounded by the Russian food ban, continues to have a catastrophic impact on the milk price being received by many Scottish dairy farmers. Last week's announcement by the farmer-owned business First Milk underlines the extreme lengths some milk processors are having to undertake to secure their businesses in light of falling powder prices and cheese values. We spoke at length to the First Milk
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Chairman of NFU Scotland’s Livestock Committee Blog

I want to say something about photography and something about a man in a bowler hat.Before you conclude that I have completely lost my marbles, let me explain….
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President's Blog 21 November 2014

Richard Lochhead launched his Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group into a difficult environment.   Although the Group was tasked with assessing the value of an Absolute Right to Buy for ’91 act tenancies and addressing the conflict that surrounded rent determination (Section 13), the terms of reference were far wider and more ambitious.  
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President's Blog 4 November 2014

The shape of Scottish politics seems ragged in the aftermath of the referendum with only the SNP maintaining momentum and a sense of purpose.In that melting pot of opinion, personalities and policy Lord Smith needs a cool head to forge consensus and direction in a matter of weeks. His task can change the core of Scotland’s democracy and shake up the jigsaw of power within the United Kingdom. 
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NFU Scotland Milk Committee Chairman's Blog

At times of crisis, it is always easy to focus on blame.While looking for immediate action and support, it is always important to bear in mind that dairy farmers and dairy processors must also take responsibility and consider the decisions we make for our own businesses.  Now is not the time to blame - how we weather the current storm is what is most important.Whatever you think about the current levels of production, milk price and whatever production or volume bonuses are available are still the main drivers.
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President's Blog - 16 September 2014

The referendum has kindled a new passion in politics in almost every Scottish home and work place.  The independence question has overwhelmed the media and brought a feast of analysis and speculation. The potential of a ‘yes’ vote has now injected feverish energy into both campaigns, sending a shock wave through the rest of the UK.  With 48 hours left for campaigning, there is a mix of adrenaline, exhaustion and expectation driving the well-rehearsed noise and colour.
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