LANDOWNERS exploring 'rent a cow' deals to make their land eligible for Less Favoured Area payments under Scotland's reformed CAP had better think again, because amongst all the uncertainties of the new rules, the barriers to such "appalling" loophole jumping stand out as a beacon of certainty - it won't be allowed.
Prime beef prices are expected to rise as supplies tighten as the year progresses, but they could fall in the next 18-24 months with beef-sired calf registrations in Northern Ireland in the first three months of 2015, up 18% on the year to 68,200 - the second highest figure in six years.
WITH the sun shining and the crowds out in force, Kilmaurs Show kicked of the 2015 show season in style and, no doubt, many other organisers of upcoming shows will hope their event is held with similar sunny conditions.
AYRSHIRE'S Allan Craig travelled across the water last weekend to judge the Clydesdale Stallion Parade in Kilrea, Northern Ireland, placing the Scottish-bred two-year-old colt, Hillview Braveheart, as champion.
A 616kg Charolais cross heifer from Monzie Farms, Crieff, stood reserve champion at the pre-sale show, and secured the lead price of £1530 at United Auctions annual Perth Show and Sale at Stirling on Monday.
A great show of pedigree Brown Swiss cattle at Jonny Lochhead's Kedar on-farm sale met a good solid demand peaking at 4100gns on two occasions with buyers forward from as far afield as Pembrokeshire and Northern Ireland.
Top price at Harrison and Hetherington's annual show and sale of 85 Swaledale ewes and gimmers at Kirkby Stephen, was £2300 paid for the second prize ewe from JH and CL Harrison, Westerham, purchased by A and L Fawbert.