• A MASSIVE forest is set to take shape in the Ochils near Stirling - one of the largest developments in Scotland in recent years.

  • BEAVERS ARE causing devastation to agricultural land and should instead be confined to non-food-producing areas.

  • "WE MUST not lose sight of the fact that the whole point of the Common Agricultural Policy is to support farming and food production.

  • SCOTTISH FARMERS aren't the only ones facing computer problems in their efforts to access the reformed CAP - the English Rural Payments Agency has admitted defeat and abandoned its 'online-only' payments system, throwing English farmers' applications into turmoil.

  • THIS CHUNKY Texel cross ewe lamb weighed in at 28lb.



  • Scottish poultry numbers have reached a 10-year low, following a major restructuring of the industry in Scotland.

  • SHEEPMEAT exports to France are important to the UK farming industry, but with the strength of sterling rising 10% alone in 2015 and 18% since March, 2014, fears are growing for the remainder of the year's trade - especially post-Easter.

  • HILL sheep farmers can look forward to a few more positive years under the new CAP reforms and the news that LFASS payments are likely to continue as they are until 2018.

  • CASTLE Douglas-based property investment company, Wallets Marts, has announced a number of changes to its board of directors.

  • DALMALLY sheep breeder, Alex Macpherson, Balliemeanoch, bought the lead priced lot at 2750gns at Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart's sale of 43 working collies and seven pups, staged in conjunction with Moffat Sheepdog Society at Hammerlands, Moffat.



  • 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 'DREAM cow with a tremendous udder' was how English judge, Mick Gould, described Glaslough Miss Petra Ex93-2E, the winner of the Irish National Holstein Show's supreme and exhibitor-bred championships for the second successive year at Moira, Lisburn.

  • THE hall erupted in cheers and applause as the National Stallion Show supreme championship was awarded to the filly Shielhill Diamond Jubilee - a popular winner, this three-year-old is owned and bred by Robert Sibbald of Thorn, Dollar, and his grandmother, Mrs Rimmer.

  • SCOTTISH shearer Gavin Mutch made history at the 55th Golden Shears event held at Masterton, on New Zealand's North Island, last weekend, when he became the first overseas competitor ever to win the sport's prestigious open final.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • ABERDEENSHIRE beef and sheep farmer, Lloyd Fowlie, Guise of Tough, Alford, came home in style from last weekend's Jalex commercial sale in Northern Ireland, having purchased the top priced lot at £4100.

  • Bulls from Billy Robson and sons Michael and Norman, Kilbride Farm herd from Doagh, Ballyclare, topped at the Northern Ireland Club's Simmetnal spring show and sale, at Dungannon, with two selling for the equal top price of 3000gns.

  • A FANTASTIC entry of 1400 yearling and summer-born calves met a roaring trade and Harrison and Hetherington's show and sale of show potential calves, last week, where trade peaked at £3000.

  • IT WAS the champion from Ally Fraser, of Easter Clune, Lethan, which went on to top the Young Farmers' overwintering competition held at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' Thainstone centre last week.

  • TRADE peaked at 5400gns with a 91% clearance at a Northern Ireland club show and sale of Charolais at Dungannon Auction Mart.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • 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.

  • DINGWALL and Highland Marts sold 16 registered Cheviot and Blackface females at a recent show and sale, where trade peaked at £800.

  • THE annual multi-breed show and sale of breeding sheep at Bentham last week, saw trade hit a top of £1500 on two occassions.

  • A GOOD show of in-lamb Blackface females met a packed ringside and a huge demand at Lanark, with overall averages rising significantly on the year.

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