• Dunesk Unesta kept up her winning formula at Alyth Show, last weekend, taking the show�s new champion of champions prize, sponsored by Forfar Mart.
    Friday 20 June 2008
  • A Bluefaced Leicester ewe hogg won the champion of champions award at the annual Straiton Farmers� Society show, last weekend.
    Friday 20 June 2008
  • LET'S HOPE this is the only big wet Highland we see this week! Preparations for the Royal Highland Show were in full swing at its Ingliston Showground home mid-week - and the sun was still shining.
    Friday 20 June 2008
  • The war is over; the battle has been won � by a fabulous chocolate cake.
    Friday 20 June 2008
  • An investigation into �Scottish� labelling of food and drink was promised by cabinet secretary Richard Lochhead at this week�s Highland Show. This latest pledge comes a full four years after former rural affairs minister, Ross Finnie, made a similar promise at the same event.
    Thursday 19 June 2008
  • PLANS TO amalgamate Stirling and Perth livestock markets were announced today, Tuesday, by United Auctions, the company which sells from both centres.
    Tuesday 17 June 2008
  • With questions over the price and supply of food at the top of the national agenda, the Royal Highland Show has come around at a crucial time for Scotland�s £7 billion food and drink industry.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • Anger at the spiralling cost of road fuel led a hundred-strong convoy of lorries into Scotland�s capital this week, as hauliers descended on the Holyrood parliament to demand a cut in the government duties being piled on top of the rising oil price.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • Beef prices could drop by up to 70p a kg and many producers will be forced out of business if WTO proposals put forward by EU trade commissioner, Peter Mandelson, are given the rubber-stamp.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • Scotland's soft fruit and veg growers are facing an impending disaster unless the UK Government relaxes restrictive immigration rules allowing foreign workers in to harvest crops.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • Meat wholesalers have warned the Scottish Government that meat inspection costs could triple by 2011, placing all parts of the meat chain under severe pressure.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • Livestock numbers may well have been down slightly at Central and West Fife Show, but it failed to detract from the overall quality on parade which saw several of the area�s star performers shine in the coveted champion of champions competition.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • The agricultural show season opened in Dumfries and Galloway with the annual Carsphairn Show, last weekend.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • Dyke's champion and reserve A small but select entry of Holsteins produced the show supreme - Boclair Rubens Vision 2, from the Brewster family at Boclair, Bearsden - at a sun-drenched Campsie Show, held at Bogton Farm, Torrance, last weekend. Having stood champion at Drymen the previous week, this second-calver, by Bosside Ruben, went one better this time when the various breed judges awarded her the overall accolade. This cow, which was pictured in last week's The Scottish Farmer, calved in February and is still producing 45kg a day. Leading the beef section was the best from a big show of Highlanders, Patricia Smith and Paul Burns' Eleanor of Bien Esk, a two-year-old heifer from Craigengelt, Stirling. Sired by Thorn of Bien Esk and out of Beitidh 4 of Hoejgaard, she stood first in her class at Drymen. Jimmy and Donald MacGregor, of Dyke, Milton of Campsie, had plenty to celebrate, collecting both the champion and reserve inter-breed titles in the sheep section. Top of the lot was the Texel winner, a Scrainwood-bred tup, bought as a shearling at Kelso in 2006. He is by Forkins Jacko and out of a ewe by Urray Footprint.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • Angus show had the finest of weather last weekend, with ideal conditions for stock and spectators alike, for what many considered a record for the site at Brechin Castle.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • The price for hoggets will not be mentioned on this page until early 2009 and the focus will be on the trade for new season lambs.
    Saturday 14 June 2008
  • One of Scotland�s best-known farmers, Harry Emslie, 67, was killed this week in a tragic accident � possibly caused by his dog � on his Brae of Coynach Farm, near Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire.
    Wednesday 11 June 2008
  • Avian influenza is officially back in Britain, following confirmation that the H7 strain was found in chickens at a farm in Oxfordshire, this week. Defra officials have confirmed that the strain is the highly pathogenic type. The bird flu virus was found on Tuesday in laying hens at the farm, in Banbury, and all the birds on the infected site were slaughtered as a precaution after the infection was confirmed by new chief veterinary officer, Nigel Gibbens. Further tests are in progress to identify the exact type of the virus, while an investigation is under way to find where the disease came from. While the H7 strain has been found in Britain on several occasions before now, this is the first time it has been identified in the highly pathogenic, or deadly, form. See June 7 issue for the full story.
    Friday 6 June 2008
  • Scaremongering text messages have been circulating like wildfire throughout the UK equestrian world this week, writes Philippa Stephen.
    Friday 6 June 2008
  • NFU Scotland, while reasonably happy with the proposal by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board to increase the minimum agricultural workers rate by 4.1%, has restated its desire to see the board scrapped, writes Douglas MacSkimming. The view was confirmed this week to The SF by union communications director, Bob Carruth, who reiterated the union stance that the board has an outdated structure and should be scrapped.' Mr Carruth added: "The 4.1% figure is slightly below the current inflation rate. It is also worth stressing that it is a negotiated settlement. The workers' side had come to the table looking for in excess of 6%. See June 7 issue for the full story.
    Friday 6 June 2008
  • Member states in the EU�s Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health this week voted against EU proposals to lift the ban on US poultry imports, writes Amanda Cheesley in Brussels.
    Friday 6 June 2008
  • Intensive farming was back in the media spotlight this week, as human cases of infection by the headline-grabbing MRSA bug were linked to UK pig farms.
    Friday 6 June 2008
  • Producing superior eating quality silage is never easy and harvesting the best when you have to rely on contractors can be especially challenging until, that is, you come across the Mairs, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary as agricultural contractors, specialising in grassland and silage making equipment.
    Friday 6 June 2008
  • Forget the doom and gloom that surrounded the UK sheep industry last year, the future is bright � the future is sheep.
    Friday 6 June 2008
  • The trip up from Dumfries-shire proved well worthwhile for British Blue exhibitor Kevin Watret, who scooped the champion of champions title at a sweltering hot Lesmahagow, last weekend.
    Friday 6 June 2008