The results of the December Agricultural Survey show that while winter cereal plantings saw an increase, silage production last year was down.
Crofters are to benefit from an additional £600,000 to enable them to build and improve crofter housing.
The Single Application Form (SAF) window for 2017 has now opened. Farmers, crofters and land managers have until midnight on 15th May to submit their application.
The second tagging selection for calves born in 2016 has now been made and the selection includes any bulls which need to be tissue tagged.