News

News

  • SCOTTISH fencing machinery manufacturer, Bryce Suma, has won yet another award at the LAMMA machinery show, this time for its unique hydraulically swung rockspike.

  • WITH SUPPORT payments to Scottish farmers still trickling out painfully slowly, rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead has this week deployed extra staff to the job and instructed that applications be processed seven days a week.

  • LAND REFORM remained at the top of the Scottish political agenda this week, fuelling feverish exchanges between all sides of rural industry and ever-escalating claims of the awful consequences that would follow if either side gets its way.

  • DEPTH GAUGE Sheila McGregor's son Struan Louw helps mum check if she's dug enough for new strainer posts.

  • STOLEN ATVS are to be tracked abroad by their 'money trails', in order to catch the thieves responsible

Business

Business

  • SOMATIC cell counts and calving intervals are at their lowest levels for 14 years, according to the latest breed averages from National Milk Records (NMR) recorded herds.

  • BUYERS from all over mainland UK and Ireland were forward for Andrew Stoddart's displenishing sale at Coulston Mains, Haddington, which was conducted by Border Livestock Exchange.

  • RECENT independent market research highlights the increasing importance of quality assurance schemes in building British and Scottish consumer trust in red meat brands, delegates heard this week at Quality Meat Scotland's 'Building business success' marketing conference.

  • THE importance of maintaining strong, positive relationships with a wide range of customers for Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork was emphasised this week.

  • INDEPENDANT dairy consultant, Hugh Kerr, has joined forces with the feed company, Harbro, in a bid to help dairy farmers gain access to progressive nutritional solutions, combined with best practice and modern technology.

Shows

Shows

  • CONSIDERING THE freezing weather that appeared on Friday evening into Saturday, there was a great turnout at the Craig Wilson mart, Ayr, for the Kilpatrick Foal Show.

  • A steady run from Davie Wallace's Boy won narrowly at Birthwood with Hazel Brown's Groesfaen Kadi hot on his heels.

  • THE task of placing around 7000 head of the country's top cattle, sheep, horses, goats and poultry at the 2016 Royal Highland Show will be in the hands of 48 judges from Scotland, 49 from England, eight from Wales, six from Northern Ireland and one from the Republic of Ireland.

  • LIST of all shows printed in the 2016 show directory found in the January 2 issue of The Scottish Farmer.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • A GOOD entry of hoggs was presented to judge Shaun Cowin, Dunbia, at Harrison and Hetherington's annual show and sale of Blackface and Swaledale prime hoggs at Carlisle on Monday.

  • ROUND-UP of store and special sales in the January 30 issue.

  • DUMFRIESSHIRE Bluefaced Leicester breeder, Alison Bastian, who owns the Rowandale flock at Cairnhall, Auldgirth, made her presence felt at a female breed sale at Hawes, when she bought the top priced lot at £5600.

  • PRICES peaked at £3000 at Penrith and District Farmers' recent show and sale of Bluefaced Leicester and Swaledale females show at Penrith.

  • SWALEDALE females hit a top of £2800 at an association show and sale at Hawes Auction Mart, last weekend, when the third prize gimmer from John and Ben Richardson, Ghyll House, Appleby, sold to Owlands, Hurst, Richmond.