• IF YOU keep sheep on your farm or manage a sheep flock, SRUC student Jennifer Jeffrey would appreciate five minutes of your time to help her research into sheep scab control.

  • A CLAMPDOWN on the use of antibotics and medicines by dairy farmers is one of 16 new standards being introduced by Arla Foods across the UK this month.

  • PRESSURE IS mounting on Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead to come clean on the Scottish Government's farm support payment timetable.

  • GLASGOW-BASED farm management software firm Farmflo has been singled out by global software giant Microsoft for its "accelerator programme".

  • RURAL AYRSHIRE has emerged as Scotland's hotspot for thefts from the power grid infrastructure, with around 30 thefts of metal cabling and connections recorded this summer alone.



  • A PROACTIVE approach to protecting herds against Haplotype for Cholesterol Deficiency (HCD) - the new genetic defect that affects the survival rate of calves in the Holstein breed - has been launched by Genus ABS through its Genetic Management System (GMS).

  • Despite Russia's ban on EU imports, UK cheese exports for the 12 months post the ban have beaten all records, rising to 141,000 tonnes, reflecting a rise in non-EU exports.

  • QUALITY Meat Scotland (QMS) has produced a short video to promote the importance of safety when working with cattle at calving, including a range of steps which can help reduce risk of injury or loss of life.

  • CHANGING household structures and increasingly busier lives are driving consumer shopping needs and choices towards more convience foods.

  • SCOTCH Lamb PGI is set to be top of the menu at a number of high profile events to celebrate St Andrew's Day.



  • LAIRG-TYPE North Country Cheviots bucked the trend at their annual tup-fest in their homeland this week, when a strong performance throughout the sale resulted in a record average of £1067 for 262 sold - last year, 292 averaged £903.

  • DESPITE being one of the last shows of the season, Langholm still drew the livestock and crowds to the grounds of Castle Holm last weekend.

  • ALTHOUGH BASED within a small parish, Tarbolton show once again did not disappoint this year, and saw a great number of visitors and exhibitors alike in the showfield.

  • A new date for the Lanarkshire Holstein Club's annual calf show and showmanship competition's at Lawrie and Symington's Lanark Auction Market, last weekend, saw Andrew Neilson of the Overside herd from Strathaven, win the showmanship section while a calf from family's herd scooped the overall calf award under the watchful and expert eye of Jim Boyd, Letterickhills.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A NEW centre record of 8000gns was achieved at the annual Holstein bull sale hosted on behalf of the Border and Lakeland Club at Carlisle, where 50 bulls cashed in to average £2823.06 with a 75% clearance.

  • BULLOCKS levelled at £1109 and heifers at £987, at Harrison and Hetherington's autumn prize show and sale of continental suckled calves at Carlisle, last weekend.

  • FODDERLETTER Farms provided the star attractions at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' annual show and sale of weaned and sucked calves at Thainstone, winning both the champion heifer and bullock titles with home-bred Limousin cross calves

  • MORE than 1100 store cattle were sold at a show and sale at Caithness Livestock Centre, Quoybrae, where WB Ironside, Haster Farm, Wick, secured the overall championship with a 25-month-old Charolais cross heifer.

  • ALISTAIR Foubister did the double at last week's show and sale of Aberdeen-Angus cattle at Aberdeen and Northern Marts when he scooped both the champion and reserve titles.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • ROBIN Booth's Smearsett Bluefaced Leicester flock from Old Hall, Feizor, led Skipton Auction Mart's multi-breed ram and female sale of 1373 head, producing the top priced lot at 2000gns.

  • A NEW centre female record for a Hampshire Down was achieved at Carlisle at the breed's annual North-west region show and sale, when a gimmer sold for 1100gns.

  • A SPORTSMANS Tremendous II-sired ram lamb from Andrew Hambleton's Kinnelside flock produced the lead price of 2200gns at the Solway and Tyne Texel breeders' second club show and sale at Carlisle.

  • TOP end rams of all breeds sold relatively easily at Dingwall and Highland Marts multi-breed sale at Dingwall, where the overall champion, a Texel shearling from R Mackay, Clyth Mains, Occumster, led the trade, selling for £1550.

  • HEADING up Lawrie and Symington's multi-breed sale of 256 rams at Forfar on Tuesday with a £780 price tag was the Texel shearling winner.