• The Yara Farmers Curling Championship - Europe's largest tournament - was held this week at Dewar's Rinks in Perth.

  • JOHN SCOTT, recently named UK Sheep Farmer of the Year, is to host an open day on his farm in June to promote the sheep industry in the Highlands and Islands.

  • THE LONG-awaited First Milk results, covering the financial year ending of March, 2014, came out as The SF went to press on Wednesday, 48 hours before the co-op's agm in Haydock.

  • A PUSH to improve facilities at First Milk's Campbeltown creamery and improve marketing of Mull of Kintyre cheddar is now seen as a priority to safeguard the livelihood of dairy farmers in Argyll and the islands.

  • WITH THE Scottish dairy sector on the verge of collapse, landlords should throw their dairy farming tenants a lifeline by offering them a rental holiday.



  • Despite great grass growing conditions last year and plentiful supplies of silage, oddities in weather patterns conspired to reduce the quality of some silages, with some producers becoming disappointed with the performance of their grass silage.

  • HUGE investment to the tune of £100,000 has been committed by the British Simmental Cattle Society to improving the profitability and efficiency of all types of cattle enterprises - it will not be breed specific.

  • JOHNES is a serious problem and will spread further unless dairy farmers wake up to the seriousness of this debilitating disease which not only affects cow health but also milk yields and overall returns.

  • AN EXTRA 'arm' has been attached to the popular Dairy Expo event at Carlisle - it will now host a new half-day technical conference.

  • Scottish meat wholesaler AP Jess has reported pre-tax profts of £1.6m, following the sale of its Brechin pig processing facility in October, 2014.



  • ABERDEEN and Northern Marts' show and sale of store and weaned calves, the Thainstone Spectacular, has been moved to Friday, August 21, 2015.

  • JIM and Gilmour Lawrie's herd from Sandyford, Monkton, has triumphed to win the Ayr County Ayrshire Cattle Club's annual herd competition, having won many of the individual awards, and the large herd section.

  • AN entry of some 70 calves made the NI Young Limousin Breeders' 'Calf Spectacular' a great success last week, with the top honours going to stock sired by Ampertaine Elgin.

  • KICKING off the 2015 show season in style by taking the supreme championship at Kilpatrick Foal Show, was Ronnie and Pete Black's Collessie Jennifer.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • Despite on-going difficulties in the milk sector, there was a complete clearance of freshly calved heifers at Holstein NI's January show and sale, at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.

  • HEREFORD bulls met a solid trade at a breed sale at Dungannon, where the sale leader at 3000gns was the 16-month-old Solpoll 1 Lumberjack from John and William McMordie's Sollpoll herd from County Down.

  • ORTONGRANGE entries from Richard Martin's production sale from Great Orton, dominated most of the proceeded at the first Border and Lakeland Holstein Club sale of the year at Carlisle, securing the majority of lead prices.

  • TRADE surpassed last year's high of 10,000gns at the British Blue Society's January show and sale at Carlisle, last week, which incorporated the Blue Ladies Classic sale of females.

  • It is tragic times when the loss of a milk contract results in the dispersal of any herd, but that was exactly the scenario at Beeston Auction Mart, when virtually the entire milking portion of David and Andrew Shakeshaft's Dilandy herd from Whattall, Colemere, Shropshire, had to be sold off.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • Despite the bitterly cold weather, trade remained buoyant at the annual sale of Bluefaced Leicester females at Hawes, where a ewe hogg from the Lord brothers' Hewgill flock from Kirkby Stephen, led the way selling for £5000.

  • A MIXED trade for Bluefaced Leicesters at Carlisle, on Monday, saw 79% of the catalogued entry change hands, with a top price of 4800gns paid on two occasions for ewe hoggs.

  • A cracking show of in-lamb females was forward for Cumberland and Dumfries-shire Farmers Mart's first evening Longtown Ladies sale at Longtown, on Tuesday, which attracted a big audience.

  • What must have been one of the biggest crowds ever seen at a livestock auction in recent years descended upon Ballymena Mart, Northern Ireland, for the dispersal of Will and Gareth Corrie's commercial suckler herd, which had been prompted by the expansion of the Corries dairy unit.

  • Three shared a top of 650gns at a society show and sale of Border Leicester females at Carlisle, on Monday.