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SAC Consulting

www.sac.ac.uk

Scotland's Rural College delivers comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland's land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy.

Our Mission
Committed to excellence in the advancement, communication and translation of knowledge throughout the rural sector.

Our Vision
Leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture, land and the rural sector.

Global Aims
To create SRUC academic resources which have national impact and global influence.

To be an international leader in land-based research and consultancy services.

To be a sustainable, well-resourced organisation with exemplary environmental credentials and real ownership amongst students, staff and stakeholders.

To continue to build on our assets and reputation.

Telephone
01847 892602

Fax
01847 866355

E-mail
frbsthurso@sac.co.uk

Postal Address
SAC Consulting
Industrial Estate
Janetstown
Thurso
Caithness
KW14 7XF

Contact
Iona Cameron

Contact
Willie Budge

Contact
Cat Kennedy





News for SAC Consulting

New Edition of SAC Farm Management Handbook
High Prices and High Costs Make Business Planning Essential The continued high costs of livestock feeds mean merchants no longer have stocks of materials available at discount (as many did last winter).   In the new 32nd edition of SAC's Farm Management Handbook the budgeted cost of feed and forage for beef finishers is 35% higher than anticipated this time last year.  
Northern Farmers Updated On Bull ManagementThumbnail for article : Northern Farmers Updated On Bull Management
The importance of looking after a newly purchased bull on the first few days following it's arrival at the farm was one of the main messages to emerge from a bull management day, held on an Invernesshire farm this week, and attended by over fifty local beef producers.   This was the first in a series of events, "Farming for the Future", organised by SAC in collaboration with NFU Scotland and supported by European Social Funding which aim to help producers adapt to changes following the introduction of the Single Farm Payment.  
New Sheep Discussion Group To Meet in Caithness
TIME: 1.00pm on Wednesday 18 October 2006 VENUE: Stemster Farms, Georgemas Steading - opposite the Georgemas junction of the A9.   The future for sheep farming in Scotland will be the main topic at the first meeting of the North Sheep Discussion Group, a group set up by SAC's Thurso-based farm business consultants to support local farmers.  
Sutherland Venue For Northern Sheep Event
Lamb grading, sheep health, production systems and easycare sheep are among the topics to be discussed at North Sheep an open day for the sheep industry which is due to be held on Thursday the 10th August 2006, at Kirkton Farm by Melvich, Sutherland, by the kind permission of Messers W Findlayon.   This free event which starts at 1.00pm has been organised by SAC and is supported by European Social Fund (ESF), Highlands and islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).  
Caithness Beef Group Get Up to Speed on Production Efficiency
The change in farm support away from direct headage payments means that livestock producers need to improve efficiencies in production and not rely on the single farm payment to prop up the business.   Learning new ideas and implementing these ideas is the way forward.  
SAC Gets New Funding For Courses In HIE Area
SAC has been awarded nearly 152,000 by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to fund the continuation of a training project in the highlands and islands area.  The renewed funding will support the project from August 2006 to July 2007.  
SAC Single Farm Payment Meetings in HIE AREA
SAC is organising a series of meetings throughout the Highlands and Islands which aim to help farmers and crofters understand how the new Single Farm Payment Scheme works.   The meetings will take place over the next six weeks (see below for times and venues) prior to the deadline for IACS applications on 16 May 2005.  

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