The Royal Highland Show kicks off with a prize OCN News

The Royal Highland Show celebrates its 200th anniversary today.

Members of the public return to the show ground in Ingliston, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic.

During the first morning of the show, Major David Walter of Balthayock Farms in Perthshire was named the winner of the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) Sir William Young Award for his “outstanding contribution to the world of Charolais cattle “. reproduction”.

First venturing into the breed in the late 1960s, Walter served on the Charolais Council, becoming its chairman in 1984 and then its chairman ten years later.

Bill Gray, Chairman of RHASS, said: “For more than half a century, the name of Major Walter of the Balthayock herd has been synonymous with purebred Charolais cattle.

“He has contributed so much to the breed and the industry in general over his years of hard work, so it’s only fitting that he be recognized in this way.”

Aberdeen unveils crop research on climate change

As farmers gather for the Royal Highland Show, the University of Aberdeen this morning unveiled research into how climate change is affecting crops in China.

Working with scholars from Chinese and German universities, the Aberdeen researchers found that improving soil quality could reduce the drop in agricultural production caused by climate change by 20%.

Pete Smith, Professor of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Aberdeen, said: “This study shows that improving soil quality will be a key strategy for adapting to climate change and avoiding some of the unavoidable negative effects of rising temperatures that will occur even if the Paris climate goals can be met.

The research was published in the journal Natural climate change.

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Also, don’t miss Morag Bootland’s article on the closure of rural hospitals in the July issue of Scottish field magazine.