News

News

  • Tesco has announced that it is to extend its 'sustainable pricing model' to its two cheese suppliers, First Milk and South Caernarfon Creameries.

  • FARMERS NEGLECT field drainage at their peril - and to remind them of its value, the AHDB has just issued a new practical guide highlighting the basic principles of how to keep fields dry.

  • AROUND 2000 farmers took to the streets of Dublin on Monday to protest against the crippling prices they are receiving for their produce.

  • FERGUS EWING, the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism has visited Graham's The Family Dairy's processing facility in Nairn, to sample the company's new yogurt.

  • SLOWLY BUT surely, the new chief of First Milk claims he is getting to grips with sorting out the mess of the £25million loss racked up in the co-op's last financial year to March 15.

Business

Business

  • SOME 28 youngsters from as far as Lincolnshire and including a contingent from Ireland, travelled to Dunblane, Perthshire, where owner of Highland Wagyu, Mohsin Altajir, hosted the annual Beef Shorthorn Young Members' Club event.

  • AN Inverness butcher has officially set a brand new sizzling Guinness World Record for making the most sausages in one minute.

  • ABERDEENSHIRE sheep farmers have joined Quality Meat Scotland's Scotch Lamb ambassadors in a Banchory supermarket to encourage shoppers to re-discover the delicious versatility of Scotch Lamb PGI.

  • THE largest exportation in recent years of British Texels is heading to Switzerland having been selected on farms in Scotland, in June, by an inward mission of Swiss breeders, who also visited the Royal Highland Show.

  • AS prime lamb values continued to slip this week, it comes as no surprise that the first breeding sheep sales of the season have also dropped - but on the back of an extremely strong trade last year.

Shows

Shows

  • NORTHERN Ireland's first National Blackface Sheep Breeders' Association show, in the Kings Hall, Belfast, was hailed a roaring success, on Monday, attracting more than 360 entries and a huge number of spectators - from both sides of the Irish Sea.

  • THE ORGANISERS of Holm Show pulled out all the stops and battled the weather conditions to ensure the show went ahead, and with the sun starting to break through early afternoon the spectators flocked in to see a cracking display of stock.

  • THE BLACKFACE sheep section once again dominated this year's show, which mostly managed to avoid the predicted rain.

  • LOCHABER SHOW put on one of its best displays of sheep and cattle in recent years, last weekend, with a Blackface winning the supreme sheep title while a Limousin bull led the beef section.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • MILK producers from all over the UK descended upon Borderway mart last week for the dispersal of Fred and Anne Dent's North Field Montbeliarde herd from Barnard Castle.

  • SCOTTISH producers were in buying mode at Harrison and Hetherington's pedigree Dairy Day at Carlisle, last week, when all the lead Holstein and Ayrshire females headed to new homes across the Border.

  • VALUES rose in every section at Harrison and Hetherington's anniversary show and sale of store cattle, last week, which judged by Alan Coates, Clitheroe.

  • NO fewer than 88 lots sold for more than £2000 at a beef breeding cattle sale at Harrison and Hetherington's Borderway mart, last week, which included several dispersal and reduction sales.

  • ALMOST £300,000 changed hands at Jonathan Watson and his uncle, Brian Redhead's Tweeddale British Blue dispersal sale, at Carlisle, last week, where the catalogue covergirl, Tweeddale Hawkeye, topped the sale at 13,000gns.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • CENTRE breed records were smashed at Welshpool, for the Welsh National Texel sale, when the male champion, from Richard Wilson's Eden Valley flock from Low Field, Appleby, made 6200gns.

  • A NEW centre record was set at United Auctions' show and sale of Scotch Mule gimmers, last weekend, when the champion pen realised £200 per head.

  • An ever increasing demand for Texel females and males ensured a cracking trade for the breed at the Scottish National show and sale at Lanark, where no fewer than 11 ram lambs sold at five-figure prices, which combined with a further 53 lambs selling for more than 3000gns saw overall averages hold up well against last year's second top breed sale of 145,000gns.

  • BELTEX females from Stuart Wood's Woodies flock were in the spolight as part of a guest consignment held alongside the sales of the entire adult portions of John Metcalfe's Edenfauld flocks of Beltex and Dutch Texels, and Dan Towers' Curwen Hill Beltex flock at Borderway last week.

  • THE largest exportation in recent years of British Texels is heading to Switzerland having been selected on farms in Scotland, in June, by an inward mission of Swiss breeders, who also visited the Royal Highland Show.