Articles by Douglas Ross

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Final Day of Farm Safety Week Sees Union Tackle Accidents with Overhead Powerlines

Today marks the last day of Farm Safety Week, with one Fife farmer talking about the dangers of overhead powerlines.



Mental Health and Wellbeing just as Key as Physical Health and Safety on Farms

Health and safety on farms takes many different forms, one which is too often ignored is mental health and wellbeing. Agriculture is an industry which has a difficult relationship with good mental health and the willingness to seek help for it. That is why this year’s Farm Safety Week includes a day highlighting the importance of good mental health and wellbeing, and who you can speak to if you need help.



Quad Bike Safety Paramount as Carelessness Causes Accidents

Quad bikes can be a useful piece of equipment on any farm, allowing farm workers quick and easy access to parts of the farm which otherwise could be a time-consuming hassle. But when it is not used properly or with the appropriate safety equipment, in particular a helmet, it can lead to serious injury and even death.



Take Measures to Protect Children When Visiting Farms and Crofts

Farms and crofts can be fantastic places for children to grow up on and visit, but they can often be dangerous.



Union Calls for Pig and Poultry to be Prioritised in CO2 Shortage

Andrew McCornick, NFU Scotland President, has written to Secretary of State Greg Clark asking that the pig and poultry processors be given priority ahead of other industries when distributing the short supply of CO2 gas.



Children’s Safety on Farms a Priority as School Holidays Begin

As the Scottish schools begin to break up for the summer, NFU Scotland is reminding farmers and crofters of the dangers when allowing children onto and around farmland.



Changes to Hedge Trimming Regulations Welcomed by Union

NFU Scotland has welcomed an amendment to the Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC) rule to allow for hedge cutting to take place prior to the sowing of oilseed rape and grass during the month of August.



Competition Launched to Win a Scholar Place at Prestigious Oxford Conference

For the second year in a row, NFU Scotland members are being given the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to the prestigious Oxford Farming Conference in January.



Union Appoints New Environment and Land Use Manager

Former Scottish Land and Estate Projects and Research Manager Dr Andrew Midgley is NFU Scotland’s new Environment and Land Use (ELU) Policy Manager.



Union’s Next Generation Set Out Plans for Year Ahead

NFU Scotland’s Next Generation Working Group held their AGM on Sunday 20 May at Loch Leven’s Larder, Kinross, where Mark Donald and Sarah Allison were re-elected as Chair and Vice Chair respectably.


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About The Author

Douglas Ross

As a graduate in Multimedia Journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University, NFU Scotland’s Communications Assistant Douglas Ross understands how important the media is for communicating with members. As the son of a Highlands farmer, Douglas has been involved in the industry his entire life before joining NFU Scotland in 2017.

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