Farming for a Better Climate (FFBC) provides practical support to benefit the farm and help reduce our impact on the climate. Taking action as a sector, both to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to a changing climate, will secure farm viability for future generations.
FFBC is run by SRUC on behalf of the Scottish Government. We combine ideas trialled by our volunteer Climate Change Focus Farms and information from up-to-the-minute scientific research. We offer practical advice to help you choose the most relevant measures to improve both your farm performance and resilience to future climate change effects.
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New for 2020, we've launched our new monthly podcast. Each month we'll hear from guest speakers, ranging from experienced farmers and leading industry experts - all of whom have experience and knowledge of how to adapt to a changing climate.
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Hardgrove Farm: Improving efficiencies with herd health & fertility management (Jan 2021)
In this Farming for a Better Climate podcast environment consultant Séamus Murphy and dairy specialist Dr.Lorna MacPherson speak to dairy farmer Alistair Marshall and farm manager Ken McFeely of Hardgrove Farm. The discussion looks at how Hardgrove Farm has managed to increase efficiency in production, which can ultimately reduce emissions, through an increased focus on health and fertility planning over the last few years. There are lots of take away points for any farmer looking to improve efficiency in the dairy herd and reduce their carbon footprint.
Agroforestry Systems (Dec 2020)
In this episode Poppy Frater, SAC Consulting's Sheep & Grassland Specialist chats with Nikki Yoxall, from Grampian Graziers and Finn Weddle, a farm advisor and director within Reforesting Scotland. Poppy, Nikki and Finn have a really interesting discussion about the many benefits of Agroforestry systems, from improved animal welfare with the improved shelter, nutritional benefits from grazing access to different tree species and other health benefits, e.g. parasitic control from the naturally occurring chemicals ingested with the range of plants found within a woodland flora.
Nikki farms rare breed, native cattle in Aberdeenshire and provides interesting updates and posts on the #TheWeeMob on her Twitter page @Howemill. (Photo credit for this podcast image goes to Nikki Yoxall) . Finn can be found on Twitter at @DesignAndConker where you can access his regular 'Regenerative Livelihood Podcast'.
Improving Efficiencies in the Dairy Herd (Oct 2020)
In this episode, we hear from Lorna MacPherson, Senior Dairy Consultant with SAC Consulting, and Megan Fergusson, Veterinary Investigation Office with SRUC Veterinary Services. The topics discussed include improving herd health, fertility and nutrition as ways to improve efficiencies within the dairy herd.
Farming in an economically viable and environmentally sustainable manner at Balcaskie, Fife (Aug 2020)
In this episode we listen in as Beef Specialist Consultant, Robert Ramsay, chats to Sam Parson, the Farms Estate Director at the Balcaskie Estate, Fife. Sam explains that the farm has a 50-year outlook for the business and as a result both economic resilience and climate change led farm management changes. The estate is now transitioning the in-hand farm enterprises to a fully organic status incorporating a more regenerative system. We hear more about the grazing management employed on the estate, including the practicalities of managing bale and rotation grazing systems.
We also have a Case Study to download featuring Balcaskie Estate - Making Use of Bale Grazing at Balcaskie Estate.
A revisit to Woodhead - a previous Climate Change Focus Farm (July 2020)
In this episode we revisit Woodhead near Newmilns in Ayrshire and chat with dairy farmer John Kerr and agricultural consultant Alexander Pirie. John was a Climate Change Focus Farm host from 2014 - 2018 and made significant financial savings whilst reducing his farm carbon footprint by 6%. We hear his thoughts about the project, what he gained from his time as a host and how he has continued to make further improvements to the farm business to further increase business efficiency.
Climate Change in Agriculture & Rewilding (June 2020)
In this episode, we hear from Professor Davy McCracken (SRUC Hill & Mountain Research Centre at Kirkton & Auchtertyre)
Press Articles & Newsletters
Farming Scotland Magazine
We have a regular column in the Farming Scotland Magazine which is available to from newsagents, livestock marts and supermarkets.
Use the links below to read the latest articles.
- Do you know how much your cows are eating? (Nov 2020)
- Micronutrients for Arable Soils (Sept 2020)
- Feed Budgeting to Improve Resilience (July 2020)
- Experimenting With Establishment (May 2020)
- Top Tips for Calving (March 2020)
- Habitat Linkage & Carbon Sinkage (Jan 2020)
- Keeping Calves Productive and Healthy in Cold Conditions (Nov 2019)
- Earthworms for Soil Health (Sept 2019)
- Agroforestry - Could it work for you? (July 2019)
- Profitable ideas we can all benefit from (May 2019)
- Cover Crops (July 2018)
- The hidden value of soil organic matter (July 2017)
- Supporting Soils & Protecting Yields (Nov 2015)
General Farming Press Publications
- Time to Covet Cover Crops (Sept 2020)
- Soil Discussion Group Drives Sustainable Change (May 2020)
- Hydrogen Fuelled Tractor Enthusiasm Grows on Aberdeenshire Farm (April 2020)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter Summer 2020
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter Winter 2019-20
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter Summer 2019 (3.34 MB, PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter Winter 2018-19 (4 MB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter Summer 2018 ( 5.73 MB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter December 2017 (4.84 MB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter June 2017 (4.03 MB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter December 2016 (1.46 MB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter June 2016 (3.53 MB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter December 2015 (4.43 MB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter June 2015 (4.19 MB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter December 2014 (463.99 KB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter June 2014 (878.97 KB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter Dec 2013 (961.77 KB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter June 2013 (1.02 MB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter Dec 2012 (781.25 KB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter April 2012 (991.61 KB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter Oct 2011 (793.47 KB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter May 2011 (582 KB PDF)
- Farming For a Better Climate Newsletter Dec 2010 (595.68 KB PDF)