News

News

  • SCOTTISH FARMERS and landowners are being advised that treasure found on their land may not necessarily mean a profit if it was not discovered by them.

  • POLICE ARE investigating the deliberate release of 60,000 gallons of slurry from an Ayrshire farm.

  • "AT TIMES of crisis, it is always easy to focus on blame.

  • AS FARMERS For Action stepped up its protests south of the Border this week, Scottish dairy farmers are to be asked their views as to whether such action is justified.

  • A NEW breed of sheep were on show in Ayrshire recently, making local farmers look twice.

Business

Business

  • JOHN Swan sold some 1132 suckled cales at a continental show and sale last week where Charolais cross calves dominated throughout.

  • DARK colouring of bull beef - usually caused by stress around the time of slaughter resulting in an increased flow of hormones producing due to increased anxiety - has been found to reduce carcase values by as much as 50p per kg.

  • NATIONAL Milk Records has purchased 100% of the share capital of South Wales-based cattle breeding company Inimex Genetics Limited.

  • MID-OCTOBER and the countryside has never been greener.

  • A NEW British cattle breed society has been established with the incorporation of the Wagyu Breeders Association (WBA) which will see its formal launch in and around Tetbury, Gloucestershire, on November 11-12, 2014.

Shows

Shows

  • A WEE reminder to show and event secretaries to submit details of their 2015 event to be included in the show and sale directory in the first The Scottish Farmer of the new year as well as on the events calendar on the website.

  • Langholm Show is known for its impressive sheep section and this year was no exception, with Innes Graham's North Country Cheviot gimmer from Carruthers, Waterbeck, taking the inter-breed sheep title.

  • Tarbolton show, which was held at the Burns Trout Fishery on the outskirts of Tarbolton, hosted a large number of dairy entries as well as some beef cattle.

  • A good show of Ayrshire calves forward for the Ayr County Ayrshire Cattle Club's annual calf show, saw two of the top four awards go to Andrew Struthers, of Boylston.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A TWO-SHEAR ram from Billy and Anne Macpherson, Blackford, Croy, topped Dingwall and Highland Marts' show and sale of Blackface rams at Dingwall, last week, securing the championship and the top price of £2200, selling to E Fraser, Gorthleck Mains, Gorthleck.

  • TEXEL shearling rams led the line up at Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart's sale of 908 tups forward for their annual Ram Fair at Longtown last week, securing the lead prices of £1700 and £1650.

  • A TEXEL cross Beltex shearling from Dalchirla, topped the annual Ram Rendezvous, Stirling, selling for the lead price of £1700 to Glenalmond Estate, with the flock's pen of 25 levelling at £710.

  • TRADE peaked at £7000 at a Bluefaced Leicester sale at Penrith, last week, when a shearling ram from Messrs Lord's Hewgill flock, from Low Dowgill, Kirkby Stephen, sold to J Ireland and Son, Stockhow Hall, Frizington, and A and K Nicholson, Swinside End, Scales, Cockermouth.

  • CHAROLLAIS sheep enthusiasts from England, Ireland and Wales were out in force to acquire leading genetics from Herbie and Alan Kennedy's on-farm Parkgate production sale at Wester Parkgate, Dumfries, last week, where a top price of 2100gns was achieved for the family's lead show ewe.