Forget the doom and gloom surrounding many agricultural businesses following the horrendous wet and cold weather not to mention the deep snow drifts and resultant huge finanical losses, the future remains bright for Scottish farming.
A cracking line-up of Limousin females from John Logan and son John's Homebyres herd from Humebyres, Kelso, provided many of the highlights including the combined sale leader at 9800gns, at la society sale of pedigree females which followed the bull sale at Carlisle.
Stirling-based Limousin breeder, Andrew Burnett, Upper Spittalton, Blair Drummond, came up trumps to sell the lead priced bull at 10,500gns at the summer society sale of bulls at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
FOLLOWING A decade of investigation, trials and tribulations, the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association (HSBA) has attained Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), for its sheep, enabling breeders to target new markets.
ACHIEVING A compact calving period of 12 weeks can have a significant impact on beef producers' margins, according to the latest advice from Eblex which claims that extending this period can cost producers in the region of £3.35 per day in feed costs for the empty cow and lost income from calf growth.
SCOTLAND'S 'OTHER' major buyer of the annual wool clip reckons he will be paying between 85 and 100p per kg for wool when his season starts and says the British Wool Marketing Board got its sums and marketing all wrong last year, writes Ken Fletcher.
SCOTLAND MAY have enjoyed two relatively dry weeks, but the risk of liver fluke remains ever present on many units with the result that livestock farmers are being urged to consider a plan of attack now, should this year's summer be as wet and cold as that of 2012.