News

News

  • QUALITY MEAT Scotland is in good shape to deliver strongly on behalf of levy payers, despite a reduction in its levy income, according to the organisation's chief executive, Uel Morton.

  • AN ANGUS tyre company has been fined for serious safety failings after a worker was crushed when a tractor wheel fell on him.

  • A FARMER had a sawn off shotgun pointed at his neck after a massive cannabis factory was secretly set up in a shed on his land, Dundee Sheriff Court heard this week.

  • A NEW website with a wealth of careers resources for young people seeking employment in the land industries has been launched by training body LANTRA.

  • ROSEMOUNT FARM, the flagship agricultural operation run by the Co-operative Group at the Blairgowrie Estate is now at the centre of a community buyout proposal.

Business

Business

  • DESPITE A declining national sheep flock, the number of store, breeding sheep, cull ewes and prime lambs sold through auction markets continues to rise.

  • NEWLY APPOINTED president of the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraised in Scotland, Willie McCulloch, will take over from retiring president David Pritchard.

  • SCOTLAND'S MEAT promotional body, Quality Meat Scotland, is moving forward into 2014 with a refreshed and reinvigorated outlook following a period of challenge and change for the red meat industry.

  • MOST SCOTTISH farmers are only now in the throws of lambing, but while they desperately strive to keep mortality rates to a minimum, a growing number of ewes and lambs and indeed finished new season lambs are being sold on the open market at a level similar to or higher than last year.

  • A NEW round of testing to check for horsemeat contamination in beef products has been confirmed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Shows

Shows

  • A BROTHER and sister duo had an outstanding day at Caledonian Marts' Stirling Spring Show, which incorporated the Clyde and Central Young Farmers calf rally, scooping not only the Young Farmers' championship but also the lead price and many of the top awards.

  • BRIDGE OF Marnoch-based Sheep Park Farms lifted the championship ticket at a special show and sale of 25 pairs of Beltex and Beltex cross hoggs sold through Aberdeen and Northern Marts, last week.

  • THE UK Dairy Expo, was hailed another huge success at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, having attracted its best attendance to date - in excess of 7000 visitors - complete with a record number of entries from no fewer than seven different breeds.

  • THE HIGHLAND pony ring produced a win for Sandy Baird, of Strelitz, Burrelton, Blairgowrie, with his home-bred stallion, Whitefield Prince Platinum.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • THE SUPREME champion secured the lead price of 2500gns at a small but select show and sale of pedigree Blonde cattle at Ballymena, last week.

  • A GOOD show of Aberdeen-Angus cattle met a sound trade at Dingwall and Highland Marts native-bred cattle sale at Dingwall, last week.

  • A TOTAL of 25 Young Farmers' calves were presented to the judge, Andrew Anderson, of Smallburn Farm, Plewlands, at Dingwall and Highlands Marts' over wintering competition, held at Dingwall last week.

  • AILEEN RITCHIE cleared up at last week's show and sale of store cattle at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' Thainstone centre.

  • GEORGE HUNTER'S sale of dairy females from the Langlands herd at Tarbolton, met a strong demand at Ayr, on Tuesday, selling to a top of £2500 and £2450, to average £1414 for 108 head.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A SECOND CALVER set a new centre record when she topped the Western Holstein Club's Focus Milk sale at Beeston, last week, at 10,000gns.

  • THE CHAMPION pens went on to top the sale at the Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart's show and sale of Cheviot hoggs at Longtown, last week.

  • THE SECOND prize in-lamb ewe exhibited by local breeder, Richard Hutchinson, Redgate, secured the lead price of £2700 at Harrison and Hetherington's annual show and sale of Swaledale females at Kirkby Stephen, last week.

  • BRIDGE OF Marnoch-based Sheep Park Farms lifted the championship ticket at a special show and sale of 25 pairs of Beltex and Beltex cross hoggs sold through Aberdeen and Northern Marts, last week.

  • CENTRE RECORDS were smashed at Bentham Auction Mart's annual multi-breed sale of breeding sheep, when the champion Swaledale - an in-lamb gimmer from Patrick Sowerby, Barras, Kirkby Stephen - made £1800, selling to Frank Brennand, Ellerbeck, Chapel-le-Dale, Carnforth.