Edinburgh plays host to the UK’s top agricultural business event

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Image: Laura McCulloch

The Highland Hall at Ingliston in Edinburgh opened its doors on Wedensday to host Agriscot, which is now widely regarded as ‘one of the premium events in UK agriculture’.

Farmers across Scotland used the day as an opportunity to advance their knowledge on available products, services, advice and information necessary for their personal business; as well as socialising with old and new faces.

Scottish beef farmer and agri-affairs chairman of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs, John McCulloch said: “Events such as AgriScot are vital for the Scottish Agricultural industry, as they give farmers and businesses the chance to promote, engage and reflect.

“These are all more important now than they ever have been before due to the current propaganda which has been advertised against the industry.”

The event provided a chance for farmers to seek answers to the countless questions the industry currently share. As well as offering some of the best commercial and technical advice on offer and a display of some of the most supreme livestock in the UK.

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Image: Laura McCulloch

“I have attended AgriScot for the past 3 years and it is one of the most enjoyable days of the year. The seminar breakout sessions this year were excellent and gave us a chance to hear from industry professionals on a large range of topics,” John added.

With one in two farmers in Scotland now suffering with poor mental health, events such as these are crucial to helping farmers lead a healthy work, life balance.

“Coming here today helps many of us break away from isolating areas for a day and helps tackle the taboo of mental health, which is one of the biggest issues facing our farming families. In my view these events are key to success for the future of positive farming in Britain,” John explains.

Although targeting farmers directly, this year’s event offered plenty for the non-farming community to enjoy, as a way of providing education to the general public on this important sector.

John added: “It is crucial that we are heard among the wider population as they are the customers who buy our products.

“It is often forgotten that young people with no previous experience in this industry may want to get more involved in it, so it is important we provide as much education at these events as possible.”

For more information on Wednesday’s event and for full results check out the AgriScot website here.

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