News

News

  • RICHARD LOCHHEAD has remained in his role as rural cabinet secretary following a reshuffle by the new First Minister.

  • MORE MUST be done to weed out the "comfy slipper brigade" of inactive support claimants under Scotland's new Common Agricultural Policy regime.

  • WAGYU BEEF is renowned the world over for its superior eating quality, taste, tenderness and of course premium prices - but the integrity of its meat will have to be guaranteed in future if it is to continue to be known as the very best.

  • A QUALITY gap has opened up between well run and poorly operated farm businesses - and pricing volatility is acting to widen that divide.

  • CUTS IN the Common Agricultural Policy budget - which are already quite severe - will get even more harsh in years to come.

Business

Business

  • AT its November machinery sale, John Swan saw one of the biggest and best quality entries of nearly 1000 lots of machinery and equipment attract a large crowd of local and distant buyers, creating a buoyant trade .

  • SCOTLAND'S meat promotions body reports many market signals to kindle further confidence in the industry thanks to an increase in red meat consumption while maintaining a Scotch premium, as well as a surge in public awareness due to successful, and award-winning, marketing campaigns.

  • THERE is a degree of optimism on the horizon for Scottish lamb producers as both liveweight and deadweight prices have been on the rise over recent weeks.

  • PRIME cattle prices have remained stable over the past month but a stronger demand for beef in the coming weeks could help to bump up the trade.

  • THE National Beef Association (NBA) has launched a campaign to educate beef farmers about the everyday health problems that face their herds.

Shows

Shows

  • The Highland Area Texel Sheep Club held their annual flock competition recently with Mr Brian Buchan, Clintert Farm, Aberdour, Fraserburgh, acting as judge.

  • THERE was another super strong line-up of young females vying for the SuperHeifer title at Wednesday's AgriScot.

  • ANOTHER record breaking entry of top quality beef calves from no fewer than nine different breeds was forward for the Stars of the Future Show at United Auctions, Stirling, last weekend, with the catalogue featuring 409 head from 147 exhibitors.

  • TAKING all the plaudits among the native seniors at the Stars of the Future and proving a hugely popular winner among the ringside was the previously unshown Beef Shorthorn heifer, Lintonpriory Millicent 5, a 15-month-old daughter of Stonehills Pearls Perfection from the Gordon Brooke Trust, managed by Kelso-based Johnny Elliot and brought out by freelance stockman, Drew Hyslop.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A NINE-MONTH-OLD Ayrshire heifer calf from Blaise Thomlinson's Sandyford herd from Charnwood Forrest Farm, Loughborough, Leics, proved the star attraction at the Northern National Sale, at Carlisle, last week, selling for the lead price of 8000gns.

  • AN attractive catalogue of bulls met a buoyant trade with a top price of 8700gns at Holstein NI's show and sale, at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, last week.

  • CHAROLAIS bulls met a solid commercial demand to top at 5000gns at the breed's Northern Ireland club sale held at Dungannon last week.

  • TRADE peaked at 8200gns at a society show and sale of Limousin cattle at Brecon, last weekend, where the pre-sale champion, Garyvaughan Ifeild, from CV and EM Lewis and Sons, Buttington New Hall, Welshpool, led, selling to DJ Lloyd, Cefnbarrach, Trefeglwys, Caersws.

  • A SOLID trade for pedigree Charolais at a society sale at Welshpool, last week, saw trade peak at 6500gns for the reserve champion, Trefaldwyn Ivanhoe from local breeder, Arwel Owen, Foel.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales