Ewe PRICES have slipped dramatically over the past couple of weeks, with the majority of centres in Scotland quoting prices in the £40-£50 per head mark - a good £10-£12 per head lower than this time last year.
DEMAND FOR the Mule as a commercial breeding female ensured yet another cracking trade for Bluefaced Leicester rams at Kelso, with the breed again securing the lead averages in both the shearling and the ram lamb sections, combined with the event's overall top price of £8000.
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.