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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A LEADING business provider has acquired the Scottish-based asset finance broker First Independent Finance, in a deal that will create one of the UK's largest independent small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) providers.
DESPITE last year's long, dry, warm, summer, liver fluke continues to cause losses in productivity and profitability in the national beef herd, with a fifth of cattle livers condemned at the abattoir in 2014.