News

News

  • MASTERS STUDENT and Ayrshire dairy farmer's daughter Alice Wilson is undertaking research into the future of the Scottish dairy industry as part of her final year's work at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester - and is looking for farmers' help.

  • SCOTTISH GROWERS will not have a 'personalised' version of the new EU greening rules in time for next season, but will instead have to work within the 'basic' framework for at least a year until a local deal can be agreed.

  • MOVES ARE afoot to end the stigma of dyslexia in the farming community, where it may be both widespread and causing untold problems for farmers faced with ever more official paperwork to complete.

  • NEW ENTRANTS have had an extremely rough ride since the Single Farm Payment reference years were set in 2001/02 - and while the tide has turned slightly under the reformed CAP, it is still 'too little too late' for one brave young farmer who much to his disappointment has decided to disperse his much-loved pedigree and commercial Simmental herd.

  • TWO YEARS ago, beef farmers in North-east Scotland were promised a new processing facility - and the people behind the promise this week insisted that it had not been forgotten.

Business

Business

  • A FIVE-FIGURE sum has been paid for a shipment of semen taken from the 16-month-old Hereford bull Haven Kingpin.

  • A COMPLETELY new event for pedigree and commercial beef farmers alike will take place at the former showgrounds in Belfast, on Saturday, November 1.

  • FOLLOWING the recent sharp drop in the lamb trade, prices are slowly but surely beginning to level off with some centres actually reporting an increase in averages during the last seven days of auction mart trading.

  • A THREE-YEAR-OLD Border Collie bitch named Tock ticked all the right boxes to clock up the day's top price of 4000gns at Skipton Auction Mart's annual summer sale of working sheep dogs, last week.

  • A RECENT auction of trophies and valuables belonging to the Royal Society of England raised more than £400,000, despite a number of items withdrawn by breed societies and families who donated them (see page three for story).

Shows

Shows

  • COMPETITORS AND spectators were similar in number at this year's Carnwath show where the rain just managed to stay away for the duration of the judging.

  • WINNING the first ever champion of champions award at Braco Show was the yearling Clydesdale filly Roughlands Jubilee Princess from the Johnston family - Iain, Arabella and Alana - from Kirkton, Falkirk.

  • A SUFOLK cross Cheviot Mule with a set of March-born Texel cross twin lambs took the champions of champions title at Caithness Show, staged in Thurso, last weekend.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • AN EXCEPTIONAL line-up from the 2014 lamb crop and a number of outstanding shearling rams are set to go under the hammer at the Suffolk Sheep Society's Northern Ireland branch Premier show and sale at Ballymena Livestock Mart next Wednesday (July 30).

  • COMMERCIAL buyers were prepared to fork out the big bucks at the National Suffolk Sheep Society sale, at Shrewsbury, last weekend, where a bumper demand for sound, well fleshed lambs saw trade peak at 10,000gns to produce an overall ram lamb average just shy of £1300 with a 75% clearance rate.

  • Store lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • UNITED Auctions' premier sale of Charollais ram lambs and gimmers saw a top price of 850gns for an unplaced ram lamb from the pre-sale show, as judged by Robert Towers, Farleton, Lancaster, while females peaked at 800gns.

  • FEMALES were in demand and received a steady trade throughout but it was two males which topped the Poll/Horn Dorset Sheep Society's recent show and sale at Worcester.