FIRST MILK'S financial performance in the six months ended September 30 has shown significant improvement over the previous year, suggesting that the dairy farmer-owned co-op's turnaround plan is delivering tangible results.
SOME 111 head of prime cattle was forward for Dingwall and Highland Mart's Christmas show and sale at Dingwall on Tuesday, where judge E Munro, of John M Munro Butchers, Dingwall, backed his decision and bought his choice of champion at £2261,00 or 380p per kg.
Following C and D Auction Marts' recent acquisition of the trading businesses at Dumfries and Longtown auction marts, the company has taken the opportunity to strengthen its team of auctioneers and field staff at Dumfries to ensure a strong livestock marketing presence and service in South-west Scotland.
A CRISP, and exceedingly chilly, day greeted exhibitors at the Clydesdale Agricultural Centre on Saturday, where a bumper show of Clydesdales, and foals in particular, was paraded in front of Graffin Hanna for judging.
A new breed record for a Galloway female was achieved at the dispersal of Andrew McConchie's renowned Penninghame herd, from Newton Stewart, when a cow with heifer calf came under the hammer, for 8500gns.
BRACE Bracken, a triplet-born gimmer from Welsh breeders NE Porter and Mrs A Evans, not only secured the overall championship, but also the lead price of 1600gns at a show and sale of Zwartbles females at Carlisle.
Number 13 proved anything but unlucky for Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh, when he produced the lead priced female and flock average at a joint sale of Suffolk and Zwarbles, at United Auctions, Stirling, last weekend.
TRADE was steady at the second sale of Blackface rams and ram lambs held at Lanark, recently, where averages were mixed across the board, and it was the lamb section that led the way in the price stakes.
The long trip north from Heriot to Dingwall proved fruitful for North Country Cheviot breeders, Gordon Dun and his nephew Graham, Gilston, when they sold the top priced ram at £3500, at a breed show and sale.