• A NEW and flexible structure - policed by a watchdog with teeth - has to be introduced in order to bring peace and stability to Scotland's farm tenancy sector.

  • SCOTLAND IS to make a legal bid to be given "proper protection" against being removed from the European Union against the will of its voters.

  • SCOTTISH FARMING could reap benefits from the further progress of devolution.

  • A DEAL announced this week blew away the last shreds of England's Royal Show, as the Royal Agricultural Society of England sold off its events business.

  • POLICE SCOTLAND chose its words poorly last weekend, and sparked anger on both sides of the unresolved row over the poisoning of 22 raptors at Conon Bridge, Ross-shire in the spring of this year.



  • NEW company secretary of the British Blue Cattle Society is Andy Ryder, who takes over from the soon to retire John Fleming.

  • THERE'S A new chairman and president at the helm at the UK's largest breed society, Holstein UK and Ireland (HUKI).

  • DOGS met a very good trade at Skipton Auction Mart's October sale last week, where a clearance rate of 87% was achieved with a top price of 4000gns to a named buyer.

  • MASTITIS has been an increasing problem in the UK sheep flock for a number of years, but tackling it should be easier in future thanks to new research being undertaken by the British Texel sheep Society.

  • CONGRATULATIONS to Matt Carryer for winning the Honda ATV at this year's Blackface Sheep Breeders' Association annual raffle draw.



  • MORE breed champions have been announced here at today's Agri-Expo with the Simmental title awarded to Deerhurst Fern from GT Van der Gucht, Glouctester.

  • THERE was further success for Scottish exhibitors in the British Blue ring at the Agri-Expo with the top four titles presented north of the Border.

  • WINNING this year's baby beef classes at the Agri-Expo was Pokerlicious from Micahel, Melanie and Charlotte Alford, Devon.

  • SCOTTISH exhibitors have dominated in the sheep ring at today's Agri-Expo, winning the three section championships - for a pair of continental/down lambs; pair of hill-bred lambs; and pair of lambs bred from a hill ewe - as well as the supreme title.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A MAIDEN heifer led the trade at last week's aumun show and sale of British Blonde males and females selling through Harrison and Hetherington's Carlisle mart.

  • BELTED and white Galloway breeders selling at the breed show and sale at Castle Douglas, on Saturday, enjoyed a bumper trade with numerous new and established breeders both from the UK and Germany, complete with a record price of 10,500gs for a bull.

  • THE October Border and Lakeland Dairy sale took place at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week.

  • A 7500gns top price for a cow and calf outfit from Paul Brown's Rathconville dispersal from Loughgilly, Co Armagh, headed the Limousin society sale of females, at Carlisle, last week.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A CRACKING end to the Swaledale tup sale season was witnessed at last week's two-day association sale at Hawes, where no fewer than 22 shearling rams hit the five-figure bracket, rounding off a good run of autumn sales for the breed.

  • JOHN Swan sold a total of 3015 Blackface sheep at its annual Hill sale last week.

  • SHEARLING rams from Wanwood partners' Chapel House operation at Wanwood Hill, led the way at Hexham and Northern Marts' annual sale of Blackface shearling rams and tup lambs at Hexham, securing two of the three top prices and the top flock average of £2350 for 12.

  • CHAROLLAIS sheep females sold by the Ingram family - Willie, Carole and sons Gregor and Bruce - from Logie Durno, Pitcaple, Inverurie, enjoyed a flying trade at a production sale at Ludlow, last weekend, with buyers from Ireland, Holland and Belgium.

  • THE annual two day Swaledale ram sale at Kirkby Stephen saw averages fall slightly, mainly due to a lower commercial demand on the second day's trading.