SAMUEL WHARRY, Harphall, Carnlough, has been appointed chair of the AgriSearch sheep advisory committee in succession to upland farmer Ian Buchanan, Dungiven, who stepped down after the maximum permissible term of service.
UK FOOD and grocery values are set to soar from their current value of £170bn in 2013, to £206bn by 2018, with figures from IGD research, revealing online, discounters and convenience foods the fastest growing sectors of the market.
THE SUPREME champion went on to sell for the top price at a bumper Premier Show and Sale of sucked calves at Caledonian Marts, Stirling, last week, which saw an improved entry of 42 haltered calves compared to 35 last year.
ABERDEENSHIRE TEXEL breeders, Jim Innes and his shepherd Michael Leggat, continued on their winning ways at last week's Solway and Tyne Breeders Club sale at Carlisle, producing yet another top priced lamb from the 50-ewe Strathbogie flock.
DUNBIA HAS renewed its export marketing arrangement with Beltex this month, offering a bonus of up to 50p/kg throughout the 2013/14 season on selected lambs destined for top end mainland European markets.
BREEDING SHEEP values may well be down on last year's record levels, but it was only to be expected following the hard spring and the severe lack of available cash, according to those in the know who believe the majority of consignors have been relatively happy with the trade to date.