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Tackle Rushes on Farms, Crofts With Scotland's Rural College

27 May 2015

SCOTLAND, UK - Two study farms monitoring non-chemical rush control will host workshops for farmers keen on finding out more about maximising their grazing.

The first meeting on Friday 5 June is open to all, and free to farmers and crofters to be held at Auchentyre and Kirkton farms near Crianlarich.

The half day workshop will look at the current rush situation on the SRUC farms, explore non-chemical management options, identify priorities and actions, formulate a management plan for implementation through 2015-16 and discuss which measures might best suit attendees own farms or crofts.

“Rushes are an issue on many upland farms and can impact on production by reducing the size of livestock grazing areas” explained Professor Davy McCracken, Head of SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre.

“Chemical herbicides are a widely used control method, but for many farmers and crofters this option may not be possible, desirable or appropriate. So we are more than happy to collaborate with Soil Association Scotland to help test and demonstrate a wider range of alternative control methods on our upland research farms.”

Soil Association Scotland, in association with SRUC and Newcastle University, plan to run the trials over two years with four meetings in each region during spring and autumn of 2015 and 2016.

Kirkton and Auchentyre farms will be one of three regional Scottish host farms, with the others in the Cairngorms and near Ullapool.

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