News

News

  • FROM ITS origins in hand-milked cows and horse and cart deliveries out of Airthrey Kerse Farm in Bridge of Allan 75 years ago, almost half of the households in Scotland now buy something from the Graham's The Family Dairy range of products.

  • MANY FARMERS could face a nasty surprise when they receive their single farm payment under the new CAP.

  • 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.

Business

Business

  • A NEW live online bidding auction system with its own smartphone app has been launched by Carlisle-based auctioneering company, H and H.

  • TWO Charollais shearling rams on display at the Eurotier trade fair, from Aberdeenshire breeders, Bruce and Gregor Ingram, proved a huge hit.

  • SUBSTANTIALLY increased prices and improved weather in the second half of the year, helped to overturn the effects of a long, cold hard winter and spring and, says QMS, most cattle and sheep businesses improved margins in 2013.

  • 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.

Shows

Shows

  • TAKING the overall plaudits at the Clydesdale Winter Fair, as well as the junior championship, was Ronnie and Pete Black's Collessie Jennifer, from Newton of Collessie, Cupar.

  • BEST new product award wen to Premier Livestock Handling for the Unistock manual cattle squeeze.

  • WINNERS of the SRUC's Mains of Loriston Winter Wheat Challenge was the Barony-based team of Cailean Knapp, Fergus Scougal, William McMillan, Sam Mactiier and Ben McColm.

  • FOR just the second time, the live champion was also deemed to be the top cattle carcase at the prestigious Scottish Premier Meat Exhibition, hosted by Scotbeef at its Bridge of Allan plant, sponsored by Marks and Spencer and run by the Scottish National Fatstock Club.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A 20-MONTH-OLD bull shown by Christine Williams from Lodge Hill, Shifnal, led the way at a Limousin Society sale at Welshpool, when he was knocked down for the top price of 7500gns.

  • JUNIOR bulls saved the day at last week's show and sale of pedigree Charolais bulls and females at Carlisle, last week, securing the majority of lead prices.

  • DESPITE the severe milk price reductions witnessed in recent weeks, a clearance rate of 97% was recorded at the Wright Marshall Mid-Month sale of pedigree and commercial dairy cattle at Beeston, where 361 of the 372 head forward for sale were cashed.

  • DEMAND for freshly calved cows increased at Harrison and Hetherington's November dairy sale at Carlisle where the 237 head on offer peaked at £2350.

  • TRADE peaked at 5200gns for the Wexham Cup winner at the Western Holstein Club's annual bull sale at Beeston, when the the bull awarded the most points on inspection, production and type, was bought by Steve Cox of the Cox Farming Company, Marston, Stafford.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales