New agricultural show recreates traditional on-farm visits

A new agricultural show which recreates traditional on-farm visits is being launched by the Farm Advisory Service (FAS).

FAS TV, delivered by SAC Consulting – part of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), is a fortnightly show designed for farmers and crofters to replicate the knowledge sharing that traditionally happens at local on-farm meetings, lost due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Each 30-minute programme will deliver technical messages in a palatable and enjoyable format, with real farmers demonstrating advice in practice.

Jennifer Struthers, FAS TV Producer and Senior Consultant at SAC Consulting, said: “Lots of rural TV shows are not intended exclusively for farmer audiences. We believe there is a gap in the market for TV made from a farmer’s perspective.”

Throughout 2021, 25 episodes of FAS TV will cover a wide range of topics across sectors, as well as regular updates on regulatory and policy changes.

Filming will take place across Scotland, giving farmers the opportunity to visit farms from Stranraer to Shetland from the comfort of their own homes.

Cara Campbell, Consultant at SAC Consulting, said: “We’ve had some great filming days so far, in a socially distanced manner, and the farmers have all been really enthusiastic, despite the challenges of the winter weather.”

Coming up in the five-episode Spring Special at the end of March:

  • Economic and environmental benefits of calving at two-years-old
  • Utilising grazing systems when milking with robots
  • Protecting your soils: use of high flexion tyres
  • Fit-to-farm: advice on physical and mental health
  • Colostrum management at lambing time
  • Woodland for shelter

There will also be regular features from SRUC’s Helen Carty, Veterinary Centre Manager at Auchincruive, and Fiona Burnett, Head of Knowledge Exchange and Innovation.

Follow the Farm Advisory Service on YouTube and watch FAS TV via when it launches at the end of March.

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