Know your soil event at Gala

Soil Association Scotland in conjunction with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) are running a free, hands-on soils event in Galashiels on Friday, January 22.

This free event for all farmers, growers and land managers is part of the Future Farming Scotland programme and will be led by soil expert James Bretherton of Agscope.

The session will be a practical and informative day covering how to understand and get the optimum productivity from the most valuable asset on a farm: the soil. It will look at soil analysis, physical soil assessment and will give advice on how to improve the quality and productivity of soil, as well as give answers to all soil-related questions. The session will include a ‘bring your own soil’ and soil analysis session to help farmers understand what their own soil needs to thrive.

James Bretherton said: “Soil is every farm’s greatest resource. With two wet years behind us and untold damage done to our soils, we must look at getting soil basics right: investing in the foundation of the system is essential. Looking at soil both chemically and physically to correct soil pH, P, K, Ca and Mg is fundamental to a healthy production system. Elevating soil compaction is vital as it leads to reduced output, fewer grazing days, poor root growth, drought stress and overall reduced yield.

“These events give farmers a chance to bring a spade-full of their non-productive soils along to look at it physically and see where the problems may lie, as well as discuss what remedial action may be needed.”

Booking is essential so lunch and packs can be provided. Numbers are limited - to reserve a place contact Lyn White at Soil Association Scotland on 07899 791748 or If you are not a farmer, grower or land manager, the course will be charged at £40 plus VAT.