THE LONGSTANDING alliance between farmer-owned grain marketing business Openfield and Aberdeen Grain Storage Limited will come to an end at the conclusion of the current harvest, after negotiations to extend the partnership failed.
WITH the Christmas shows and sales all but over and meat buyers now looking to the January market, deadweight cattle prices have slipped since their recent peak almost a month ago, and values in the next few weeks are unlikely to improve.
OIL prices may well be at their lowest level since July, 2010, but fertiliser values - although stable - are creeping up, with the majority of compounds some £10 to £25 up on 2013 values and expected to rise further at the turn of the year.
THERE was a multi-national feeling to proceedings at this year's East of England Smithfield Festival, at Peterborough, with many of the main awards heading across the Irish Sea and north across the Border to Scotland, for both cattle and sheep.
DONALD Morrison made a resounding return to the show ring by lifting the supreme red, white and blue sash in the open prime cattle classes as well as the reserve with his heifer and bullock champions at the Christmas Classic on Tuesday.
CALEDONIAN Marts' Christmas show and sale at Oban, last week, saw one of the best shows of cattle for quality ever seen at the centre, with a record number of buyers present from throughout Scotland and the north of England.
PEDIGREE Limousin females met a rather select trade at today's Red Ladies Derby, at Harrison and Hetherington's Borderway mart, with only the top end selling for big prices which still didn't match up to last year's top of 20,000gns.
WITH two five-figure prices, a joint equal record of 8500gns for a Jersey and Holstein yearling heifers averaging in excess of £4400, the 2014 Black and White sale proved a huge success at Carlisle, last week.
A CRACKING line-up of gimmers from the Clark family from Garngour led the way at the Select Seven Sale of Texels at Lanark, selling three of the top four highest priced lots, with females from the Ettrick flock hot on their heels.