The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) held their AGM and Conference in Scotland for the first time at the end of June. The packed programme focused on innovation in farming and was co-organised by their Scottish colleagues at the Scottish Arbiters and Agricultural Valuers Association (SAAVA).
Scotland based James Dick, is the outgoing CAAV President, he commented “This was our 74th AGM and conference and as a Scottish President, I was delighted to be able to bring the AGM to Scotland for the first time in the 108 year lifetime of the Association.”
Visits included a trip to Langhill Dairy – the University of Edinburgh Veterinary training farm. It was followed by a tour of the animal sciences research institute which won international acclaim when Dolly the sheep was cloned from an adult cell. Later, members went to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) seeing first hand, how they research new crops, soil sample for seed potato protection and foresnics into wildlife crime.
At the formal dinner, President of SAAVA Ian Austin, Associate Director of Davidson & Robertson, was Master of Ceremonies, welcoming everyone ahead of the following day which was packed with seminars and speakers.
Ian Austin said “Working together with CAAV President James Dick, we selected visits and talks that focused on making a difference to the future of farming – with Scottish innovation very much to the fore. we are delighted with positive feedback we have received.”
The two and a half day gathering culminated in a day of listening, learning and debate with speakers including Wayne Powell, Principal and CE at SRUC who highlighted the critical role of science, technology and innovation in the future of farming. Andrew McCornick, President of NFUS said we must ‘adopt innovation to adapt’ and members heard how Angus Soft Fruits have grown over the last 25 years from a small family farm to a international business with a turnover in excess of £150 million..
Summing up the event, Ian Austin said “The CAAV AGM Conference was a good opportunity to showcase forward thinking, innovative businesses in Scotland. It also gave some of our younger SAAVA members chance to engage with the UK body for the first time.
“We’re also proud to see Scotland’s Alison Aitken, a Senior Surveyor at Davidson & Robertson in Lanark, take runner-up place in the Talbot Ponsonby Prize. This is given by the Royal Agricultural Society of England for top marks in the CAAV exams with Alison also winning the SAAVA Presidents Cup for top mark in Scotland.”
SAAVA is currently in dialogue with Scottish Government and a numbered of rural stakeholders over issues and consultations affecting its members and the agricultural industry. Most topically in land reform to include: rent review, future land tenure options and the Tenant’s amnesty.
James Dick BSc (Hons) Dip FBOM FAAV ACIArb CEnv REV, outgoing President of CAAV with SAAVA President Ian Austin MA (Hons) MRICS FAAV , Associate Director at Davidson & Robertson pictured at Dundas castle with the three iconic bridge crossing across the Firth of Forth behind.