NFU Scotland is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the problems of dog fouling on agricultural land.
All Scottish farmers have been sent out a survey to assess the level of the problem on their land, and identify areas where campaigning can be targeted.
The campaign is scheduled to run during the spring, at a time of the year when the better weather brings an increase in the number of people getting out and about in the countryside with their dogs.
Lord Curry of Kirkharle, the Bishop of Carlisle, representatives from the farming industry and college dignitaries were among four hundred guests welcomed to Newton Rigg's Penrith campus to celebrate the new Dairy Unit's official opening.
The herd was wiped out in 2001 and has since been built back up to 151 cows and heifers. The new dairy unit will enable Newton Rigg students to learn the dairy trade in a state of the art facility.
Event organiser Brian Richardson, the Chief Executive of the H&H Group says that the local economy as a whole will benefit from hosting such a large event.
The event has attracted international interest, with delegates from Pakistan and India as well as judges from Canada, Holland and the USA. Mark Reuth from Wisconsin made the trip to Carlisle to judge the Holstein classes and told ITV how impressed he has been with the quality of the livestock
Record numbers of livestock entries are expected at the UK Borderway Dairy Expo in Cumbria, which is in its third year. Organisers of the event said 6,000 people would attend, including delegates from as far afield as Pakistan and India, with judges from Holland, Canada and the USA.
More than 500 lots have been donated to today's auction in Carlisle by farmers and the local communities.
Donations include everything from a billy goat to a cheese making experience.
The auction has raised around £100,000 pound over the past 30 years.
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Farmers and staff at Newtown St Boswells in the Scottish Borders having been speaking to ITV Border about how independence could affect their industry.
Scotch Beef is set to return to dinner tables in the USA for the first time in nearly 20 years, after a decision to overturn a ban on beef from the European Union.
The move has been welcomed by butchers and farmers across southern Scotland, who hope it will re-open the market for other Scottish produce.
From the Borders, Jenny Longden reports.