McEwan Farms is a family run business based at West Mains of Colliston and is home to 1000 acres of owned land and 1600 acres of contract farmed land nearby.
Niall Campbell, regional manager for the North West of Scotland at the SAC and Rob Black, his Oban-based colleague, said that the combination of the global pandemic and leaving the EU has prompted people to think differently.
Incidents around operating heavy machinery is a key risk area within agriculture with 17 farmers and two farming children killed last year.
“Many people feel you have to conform to a stereotype in order to fit into agriculture, this really isn’t true.” Matt Naylor
“It’s absolutely clear that the overwhelming majority of people in Scotland do not want to see chlorine chicken, hormone-injected meat or vegetables riddled in pesticides on our supermarket shelves.”
“Every single Scottish Conservative MP voted for you to eat ractopamine pork”
“Ractopamine is an asthma drug which, when fed to pigs, causes growth spurts. Canada, EU, China & Russia have banned it for human consumption, as it’s too dangerous.”
Are Our Food Standards and Farming Industry Under Threat of a ‘Stack it high, Sell it low’ Mindset ?
“We must maintain our integrity throughout everything that we do—environmental standards, animal health and welfare and so on.” Jonnie Hall, Director of Policy for NFU Scotland
“Ploughing with a horse and ox with an old Orkney plough.”
Orkney is a unique farming area with the highest density of beef cows in Europe; 30,000 on 93,000 hectares.