Articles by Ruth McClean

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Mixed Harvest Recovers After Long Dry Summer

A long, cold, wet winter suddenly turned into the joint hottest summer on record for the UK, and Scottish farmers feared the worst for their 2018 harvest.



Tougher Sanctions Urgently Needed for Livestock Worrying Culprits

NFU Scotland is once again seeking harsher penalties for those who let their dogs attack livestock, following the sentencing of an Argyll man earlier this week.



Investing in a Gas Monitor could be a Lifesaver

The dangers of working with slurry gases has been highlighted in a video recorded by an Argyll farmer, who believes his investment in a gas monitor has saved his life on more than one occasion.



Scottish Farm Safety Partnership Reviving Efforts to Cut Death and Injury Toll

With Scotland’s farm safety record continuing to be one of the poorest across the UK, Farm Safety Partnership Scotland (FSPS) is encouraging those working within the industry to make safety a priority.



Livestock Sector Vulnerable to Brexit ‘No Deal’, says UK Farming Unions

Livestock representatives from NFU Scotland, the Ulster Farmers’ Union and NFU Cymru say the prospect of the UK leaving the EU next March with no trade deal in place is worrying and would have serious implications for the UK’s beef and sheep sectors.



Union Voices Concern Over Limited Partnership Proposals

New proposals to apply a strike off procedure to agricultural limited partnerships who do not comply with annual confirmation statement requirements, have been criticised by NFU Scotland.



UK Farming Unions Respond to Government Brexit White Paper

Following the publication of today’s Brexit white paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, the Presidents of the four UK farming unions1 have issued the following joint statement:



NFUS President to Take Part in Debate on Future of Farming, Food and Rural Economy

NFU Scotland President, Andrew McCornick, will take part in a seminal panel discussion on the future of food, farming and the rural economy post-Brexit on Monday 16 July.



NFUS Launches Straw and Feed Campaign

The importance of planning ahead for straw and feed supplies by farmers and crofters is the focus of a new NFU Scotland campaign launched today (Wednesday 11 July).



Farmers Encouraged to Apply for Agricultural Dispensation Ahead of Harvest

NFU Scotland is reminding farmers and crofters to apply to Police Scotland for an agricultural dispensation for wide vehicle movements ahead of harvest starting.


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About The Author

Ruth McClean

Having worked in the communications and journalism industry for the last 11 years, NFU Scotland’s Communications Manager Ruth McClean understands the needs of journalists and has extensive knowledge of the wider agricultural industry. After growing up in Argyll and Bute and working in the area as a reporter for local newspapers for eight years, Ruth joined NFU Scotland in 2013 in her current role. She is also Editor of the Union’s membership magazine the Scottish Farming Leader.

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