• THE LONGSTANDING alliance between farmer-owned grain marketing business Openfield and Aberdeen Grain Storage Limited will come to an end at the conclusion of the current harvest, after negotiations to extend the partnership failed.

  • COULD contaminated horse meat still be filtering into the European food chain?

  • AUSTRALIAN SHEEP farmers are making use of a Scottish-made vaccine to overcome the often fatal effects of a roundworm parasite.

  • IT IS the season of peace and goodwill - and that was the order of the day at an emergency meeting of the Scottish Holstein Club in Hamilton this week, writes Douglas MacSkimming.

  • NORTHERN IRELAND'S arable sector - which accounts for 10% of the province's land area - is bracing itself for the greening requirements of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy.



  • THE recent annual ANM Group's directors' lunch marked the retirement of David Brown, who had served as a board member for 17 years and vice chairman for 10.

  • FARMERS, butchers and processors throughout Scotland are celebrating the news that Scotch Beef PGI has recently been revealed as the nation's favourite Scottish food.

  • THE genomic young sire list is where considerable excitement lies when it comes to Holstein genetics and the December index run, published by DairyCo, demonstrates the fast pace of change.

  • WITH the Christmas shows and sales all but over and meat buyers now looking to the January market, deadweight cattle prices have slipped since their recent peak almost a month ago, and values in the next few weeks are unlikely to improve.

  • OIL prices may well be at their lowest level since July, 2010, but fertiliser values - although stable - are creeping up, with the majority of compounds some £10 to £25 up on 2013 values and expected to rise further at the turn of the year.



  • THERE was a multi-national feeling to proceedings at this year's East of England Smithfield Festival, at Peterborough, with many of the main awards heading across the Irish Sea and north across the Border to Scotland, for both cattle and sheep.

  • A WEE prod with a sharp stick to any show or event secretaries who have still not sent in their event details for next year.

  • DONALD Morrison made a resounding return to the show ring by lifting the supreme red, white and blue sash in the open prime cattle classes as well as the reserve with his heifer and bullock champions at the Christmas Classic on Tuesday.

  • CALUM and Vivienne Angus lifted their ninth supreme prime lamb title at the Christmas Classic on Tuesday.

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Cattle Sales

Cattle Sales

  • CALEDONIAN Marts' Christmas show and sale at Oban, last week, saw one of the best shows of cattle for quality ever seen at the centre, with a record number of buyers present from throughout Scotland and the north of England.

  • ABERDEEN and Northern Marts sold 86 cattle and 2890 sheep at Tuesday's Quoybrae Christmas prime show.

  • PEDIGREE Limousin females met a rather select trade at today's Red Ladies Derby, at Harrison and Hetherington's Borderway mart, with only the top end selling for big prices which still didn't match up to last year's top of 20,000gns.

  • AT Craig Wilson's Christmas show and sale of prime cattle on Tuesday, the reserve champion from Iain Lammie, Longhouse, was sold for £1848 with all proceeds donated to the Yorkhill Children's Charity.

  • WITH two five-figure prices, a joint equal record of 8500gns for a Jersey and Holstein yearling heifers averaging in excess of £4400, the 2014 Black and White sale proved a huge success at Carlisle, last week.

Sheep Sales

Sheep Sales

  • WALLETS Marts saw 28 pens of prime lambs forward for judging under Richard Henderson, Woodhead Bros, Turriff, at last week's Christmas show.

  • A CRACKING line-up of gimmers from the Clark family from Garngour led the way at the Select Seven Sale of Texels at Lanark, selling three of the top four highest priced lots, with females from the Ettrick flock hot on their heels.

  • THE champion pen went on to sell for £160 per head or 380.9p per kg at Craig Wilson's Christmas show and sale of prime lambs on Monday.

  • JIM Innes' Strathbogie flock from Dunscroft, Huntly, again came up trumps, at Monday's in-lamb Texel gimmer sale at United Auctions, Stirling, selling two of the three top priced lots.

  • Averages improved on the year at Caledonian Marts' annual Martinmas show and sale at Stirling, on Monday, which attracted an entry of 7047 store lambs and feeding ewes.