• SCOTLAND'S TENANT farmers are concerned that landowners will try to take "evasive action" right up until the Scottish Government gets a full time tenant farming commissioner in place.

  • SCOTTISH SURVEYORS have cast doubt over the agricultural holdings legislation review and land reform proposals, warning that they will have unintended detrimental consequences.

  • IN AN extraordinary move to purge the Scottish countryside of illegal poisons and pesticides, a new scheme has been launched offering anyone holding stock of such substances the chance of free, safe and anonymous disposal.

  • THE THEFT of 32 chainsaws and trailer from the Barony College, Parkgate, Dumfries at the weekend looks like an example of pre-meditated and well-organised rural theft.

  • PRESSURE WAS mounting on the board regarding the future of Stirling-based Cally Marts as The Scottish Farmer went to press on Wednesday.



  • Dogs met a good strong trade at Skipton Auction Mart's first sale of working sheep dogs of 2015, where the trade was topped at 4500gns.

  • SCOTCH Beef and Lamb will be on retail shelves throughout Sweden as a result of a new partnership involving Quality Meat Scotland on behalf of the Scottish red meat industry, and Swedish retail giant, ICA

  • BEEF and sheep farmers are consistently reminded of the need to improve levels of efficiency and production if they are to make money without the Single Farm Payment, and while the best are, the gap between the top third and the average is rising, while a large proportion fail to cover their costs without financial assistance.

  • AVERAGE net profits from specialist pig farms for 2014/15 are set to slip by more than 20% - the largest proportional fall for any type of farm - according to the latest forecasts from Defra.

  • A DEAL worth up to (£11.1m) per year to supply the first beef from Europe, to the US since the lifting of the BSE-related ban, has been done between Ireland's ABP Food Group and the US.



  • A HIGHLAND pony stallion ruled supreme at the Royal Northern Spring Show held at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' Inverurie centre on Wednesday.

  • WE'VE a busy day ahead of us here at the Royal Northern Spring Show, held at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' Thainstone Centre, today as the judging of pedigree bulls gets underway.

  • INTERMEDIATE Charolais bulls took centre stage at today's show of bulls, which was judged by Michael Massie, of the Elrick herd near Ellon, before tomorrow's sale at Stirling Bull Sales.

  • BULLS of Northern Irish breeding were to the fore at today's show of Simmental bulls at Stirling Bulls Sales, where it was the junior champion and the youngest entry in the catalogue which was given the nod by judge Michael Barlow to take the top spot.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • CHAROLAIS bulls in particular, met a flying trade selling to 9200gns at Wednesday's multi-breed sale of pedigree bulls held alongside the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone Agricultural Centre.

  • DESPITE a strong show on offer and a top of £4000, exhibition calves met a selective demand at the Royal Northern Spring Show, held at Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Thainstone, on Wednesday.

  • A tenth generation Excellent or Very Good female, attracted the lead price of 5000gns at the February Border and Lakeland pedigree dairy sale at Carlisle, selling for the top price of 5000gns for Jane Steel's Lomond herd from Balfron, Glasgow.

  • IT was double success for Mark and Heather Atkinson of Westfield, Quernmore, at the Bentham Auction Mart's Valentines dairy show and sale last week.

  • NEWTON of Logierait cleaned up at United Auctions' 'Aberfeldy' show and sale of store cattle, last week, lifting the champion title with a 428kg bullock which later realised £1340.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • NORTH Country Cheviot females met a good demand at Lockerbie last Saturday, selling to a top of 1200gns.

  • THE prime cattle and hogg champions went on to top Skipton Auction Mart's February show and sale, last week.

  • SCOTTISH beef and sheep producer, Hugh Montgomery, Assloss, Kilmarnock, made his presence felt at Skipton Auction Marts' first registered sheep sale of the year, having bought the two highest priced Bluefaced Leicester females at £580 and £500.

  • Despite the bitterly cold weather, trade remained buoyant at the annual sale of Bluefaced Leicester females at Hawes, where a ewe hogg from the Lord brothers' Hewgill flock from Kirkby Stephen, led the way selling for £5000.

  • A MIXED trade for Bluefaced Leicesters at Carlisle, on Monday, saw 79% of the catalogued entry change hands, with a top price of 4800gns paid on two occasions for ewe hoggs.