• FIRST MILK'S financial performance in the six months ended September 30 has shown significant improvement over the previous year, suggesting that the dairy farmer-owned co-op's turnaround plan is delivering tangible results.

  • FIRST MILK is to sell the Fife-based Glenfield Dairy business to Graham's the Family Dairy.

  • Gordon McKen has been recognised by the Scottish SPCA for his "exceptional commitment" to animal welfare in the Scottish pig industry over the past 25 years.

  • FARMING LEADERS have called upon all landlords and tenants to adhere to new guidance on achieving fair and cordial relationships.

  • ALL USERS of professional pesticides are now required to hold a recognised certificate, under changes to EU rules which came into effect this week.



  • SOME 111 head of prime cattle was forward for Dingwall and Highland Mart's Christmas show and sale at Dingwall on Tuesday, where judge E Munro, of John M Munro Butchers, Dingwall, backed his decision and bought his choice of champion at £2261,00 or 380p per kg.

  • THERE WAS one glimmer of good news for sheep farmers this week when it was announced that Marks and Spencer is to widen the window whereby it accepts Scotch and UK lamb into is stores.

  • THE EDIBLE insect company, Grub, has secured its first listing for the Roasted Cricket snack range with Whole Foods Markets.

  • Ayrshire-based family butchers 'We hae meat', are celebrating following a £600,000 supply deal with 50 Co-op stores across Scotland.

  • Following C and D Auction Marts' recent acquisition of the trading businesses at Dumfries and Longtown auction marts, the company has taken the opportunity to strengthen its team of auctioneers and field staff at Dumfries to ensure a strong livestock marketing presence and service in South-west Scotland.



  • A TREMENDOUS show of carcases produced some outstanding champions at this year's Scottish National Premier Meat Exhibition, held at Scotbeef abattoir, Bridge of Allan, last weekend.

  • A CRISP, and exceedingly chilly, day greeted exhibitors at the Clydesdale Agricultural Centre on Saturday, where a bumper show of Clydesdales, and foals in particular, was paraded in front of Graffin Hanna for judging.

  • TWO young fillies led the line-up of Highland ponies at the Native Pony Winter Fair held at Lanark, last week, when the first and second prize two-year-olds went on to stand champion and reserve.

  • A HEFTY line-up of Shetland ponies was topped by Jim Wilson's 10-year-old chestnut mare, Warrackston Guylian, at the Native Pony Winter Fair held at Lanark during the weekend.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • A LIMOUSIN heifer ruled supreme at the English Winter Fair, staged at the County Showground, Stafford, last week, securing both the overall beef championship and the top price of £7600.

  • ABERDEEN-ANGUS and Charolais both sold to 3000gns at the dispersal of the John Milligan's Ballathie herds from Luncarty, Perth.

  • HEIFERS from Esmor Evans' Maerdy herd from Mold, Wales, proved the star attraction at a show and sale of Charolais cattle at Carlisle, securing two of the three top prices at 6200gns and 5300gns.

  • Perthshire beef producer, Hugh Jackson-Gamlen, was the main man at a South Devon Herd Book Society show and sale at Skipton, buying two of the three lead priced lots at 1500gns each.

  • A new breed record for a Galloway female was achieved at the dispersal of Andrew McConchie's renowned Penninghame herd, from Newton Stewart, when a cow with heifer calf came under the hammer, for 8500gns.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • BRACE Bracken, a triplet-born gimmer from Welsh breeders NE Porter and Mrs A Evans, not only secured the overall championship, but also the lead price of 1600gns at a show and sale of Zwartbles females at Carlisle.

  • MYFYR Evans' Rhaeadr flock from Wales, came out on top at the Three Nations' Suffolk female event at Carlisle, selling the two lead priced lots at 11,000gns and 7000gns and a heap of other top sales.

  • Number 13 proved anything but unlucky for Jimmy Douglas, Woodhead of Cairness, Fraserburgh, when he produced the lead priced female and flock average at a joint sale of Suffolk and Zwarbles, at United Auctions, Stirling, last weekend.

  • TRADE was steady at the second sale of Blackface rams and ram lambs held at Lanark, recently, where averages were mixed across the board, and it was the lamb section that led the way in the price stakes.

  • The long trip north from Heriot to Dingwall proved fruitful for North Country Cheviot breeders, Gordon Dun and his nephew Graham, Gilston, when they sold the top priced ram at £3500, at a breed show and sale.