Women in Scottish agriculture, TB in Wales, GCA progress & Angus breeders
A survey by Newcastle University, commissioned by the Scottish Government, has suggested that women aren't sufficiently recognised or represented within the agricultural sector. Now Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the launch of a new task-force to ensure females are properly acknowledged in the field. It'll be co-chaired by Joyce Campbell, a working farmer based in North Sutherland, and Fergus Ewing, the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity - who's shared his views on the report and the task ahead.
All this week Farming Today is focusing on bovine TB, looking at how the disease is affecting livestock and farmers across the UK. Last week, the Welsh Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths announced plans for a new regional approach to tackling the disease; BBC Wales' Steffan Messenger has the details.
The latest data reporting on the performance of the Groceries Code Adjudicator has been released. It suggests the relationship between British suppliers and major supermarkets is improving. Anna Hill asks the GCA, Christine Tacon, what challenges she's experienced in the role - designed to help build productive relationships in the sector - and where she goes from here.
And as the World Angus Forum's Scotland tour gets underway, attracting Aberdeen Angus breeders from around the world, Nancy Nicholson visits Geordie Soutar: a farmer and breeder who, 25 years ago, gathered together some of the last native bloodlines that hadn't been influenced by imported genetics.