News

News

  • THERE IS no reason why Scotland's dairy sector can't grow bigger - but only if producers become more responsible in relation to market demand.

  • CAMPAIGNING charities should not be given more power to police wildlife crime as a political knee-jerk reaction to as yet unsolved raptor poisoning incidents, Scotland's gamekeepers have warned.

  • THE MOREDUN Foundation, the governing body of Moredun Research Institute, has awarded an honorary fellowship to farmer and former rugby international John Jeffrey.

  • A NEW 'Landowners' Charter' setting out a commitment to the principles and responsibilities of modern landownership was launched this week by landowners body Scottish Land and Estates.

  • PEOPLE DUE to renew their shotgun or firearm certificate in 2015 should make sure they get their application in with plenty of time to spare, according to experts at the UK's largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

Business

Business

  • IT may be sunny and warm for September, but prime lamb prices are in virtual free fall with most of the auction marts over the past week witnessing values fall in excess of 10p per live kg on the previous seven days.

  • DESPITE the recent drop in farm-gate milk prices, it is still well worth pushing for the extra litres this winter, with one of the best milk price to feed cost ratios now possible.

  • GB pig values have again fallen on the week, with latest GB DAPP (UK spec') price sitting at 155.21p per deadweight kg - the lowest this year - which is again down on the week, and a massive 10p per kg lower on the year and on the 164.5p seasonal peak seen at the beginning of June.

  • ONE of the UK's leading turkey farm businesses, Usk Vale, South Wales, has ventured into pedigree Texels, with the private purchase of Alastair Gault's Balmoral Show champion, Forkins Una, from the Forkins flock, from Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

  • FEWER cattle and increased demand has bolstered the prime beef trade in recent weeks, with GB average deadweight prices in almost all categories rising on the week - for the second consecutive week - to 328.8p per kg deadweight, up 2p.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • Carlisle

  • Forfar

  • SHOW calves and yearling store cattle with further show potential were in strong demand at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' Spectacular show and sale, last week, where an impressive 14 animals sold for or above £2000.

  • FATHER and son duo, John and Craig Robertson, added yet another championship ticket to their belt at last week's Caledonian Marts' Premier show and sale of suckled calves where they picked up both the supreme and reserve tickets as well as the joint top price of £3200.

  • A CRACKING line-up of pedigree Simmentals backed by the best of genetics ensured a packed ringside and a lead price of 9000gns and a further 10 sales at or above the 3500gns bracket at Neil McGeoch's disperal of the Hazelden herd, at United Auctions, Stirling, last weekend.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • Quoybrae

  • Portree

  • Lanark

  • No fewer than 8663 lowland breeding sheep were forward for a special sale at Longtown, on Tuesday, where Mule ewe lambs sold to £165 and Mule gimmers to £149 from T Davidson, Bellmount, Irthington and TW and TB Edgar, Whitton, respectively.

  • Despite a top price of £800 and numerous others well above the £200 bracket, overall averages fell on the year by £3.04 per head, but for 3000 more sold at Hawes Farmers' Auction Mart's two-day show and sale of North of England Mule ewe lambs at Hawes.