• Kilmaurs Show calf class is always a great crowd puller and this year was no exception.

  • LANDOWNERS exploring 'rent a cow' deals to make their land eligible for Less Favoured Area payments under Scotland's reformed CAP had better think again, because amongst all the uncertainties of the new rules, the barriers to such "appalling" loophole jumping stand out as a beacon of certainty - it won't be allowed.

  • BUTE'S DAIRY farmers are looking to hop aboard the 'free range' milk bandwagon to add value to their production.

  • TAYSIDE FARMERS have met with Scottish environment minister Aileen McLeod to highlight their concerns about the impact of the area's burgeoning escaped beaver population.

  • ONE OF the biggest milk producers in South-west Scotland is changing his system in a bid to get to grips with market forces, writes Douglas MacSkimming.



  • Prime beef prices are expected to rise as supplies tighten as the year progresses, but they could fall in the next 18-24 months with beef-sired calf registrations in Northern Ireland in the first three months of 2015, up 18% on the year to 68,200 - the second highest figure in six years.

  • Reformulating dairy rations in an effort to reduce feed costs and stave off the impact of lower milk prices can have a negative effect on feed efficiency and, ultimately, profitability.

  • A ROUND-UP of recent implement and machinery sales.

  • WITH an overall type merit (TM) of +3.64, De-Su BKM McCutchen leads both the latest UK and International indexes issued by Holstein UK.

  • DAIRYCO'S latest spring block-calving index, released in April, remains unchanged at the top as the Jersey sires Danish VJ Tester, Danish VJ Link and Danish DJ Holmer, retain their lead postitions.



  • ONE of the biggest line-ups of dairy cattle expected to be seen at shows this year was paraded under blue skies at Ochiltree Show on Wednesday.

  • WITH the sun shining and the crowds out in force, Kilmaurs Show kicked of the 2015 show season in style and, no doubt, many other organisers of upcoming shows will hope their event is held with similar sunny conditions.

  • Emotions ran high on a day of horrendous weather at Invergarry, before Andy Carnegie's Rook was finally declared the winner of a three-way run off.

  • AYRSHIRE'S Allan Craig travelled across the water last weekend to judge the Clydesdale Stallion Parade in Kilrea, Northern Ireland, placing the Scottish-bred two-year-old colt, Hillview Braveheart, as champion.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A 616kg Charolais cross heifer from Monzie Farms, Crieff, stood reserve champion at the pre-sale show, and secured the lead price of £1530 at United Auctions annual Perth Show and Sale at Stirling on Monday.

  • A great show of pedigree Brown Swiss cattle at Jonny Lochhead's Kedar on-farm sale met a good solid demand peaking at 4100gns on two occasions with buyers forward from as far afield as Pembrokeshire and Northern Ireland.

  • TRADE reached a top of £2080 at a show and sale of pedigree and commercial females at Craven Market, in Skipton, North Yorkshire, on Monday.

  • A TOTAL of 435 cattle sold at the mid-month sale of pedigree and commercial dairy cattle at Beeston on Tuesday.

  • HUSBAND and wife duo, Harry and Lynwen Emslie, lifted both champion and reserve tickets at a show and sale of store cattle at Thainstone, last week.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • Top price at Harrison and Hetherington's annual show and sale of 85 Swaledale ewes and gimmers at Kirkby Stephen, was £2300 paid for the second prize ewe from JH and CL Harrison, Westerham, purchased by A and L Fawbert.

  • DINGWALL and Highland Marts sold 16 registered Cheviot and Blackface females at a recent show and sale, where trade peaked at £800.

  • THE annual multi-breed show and sale of breeding sheep at Bentham last week, saw trade hit a top of £1500 on two occassions.

  • A GOOD show of in-lamb Blackface females met a packed ringside and a huge demand at Lanark, with overall averages rising significantly on the year.

  • NORTH Country Cheviot females met a good demand at Lockerbie last Saturday, selling to a top of 1200gns.