KEEPING up with tradition but still trying to move with the times is a challenge faced by auction marts the length and breath of Scotland, and for one as historic and well established as Wallets Marts, in Castle Douglas, it's a challenge they contend with and some.
THIS YEAR may be the year of the goat in China, and Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, but for many Scottish livestock farmers, it is the 'Year of the Bull Sales', with UA celebrating its 150th anniversary selling pedigree bulls.
ENTHUSIASM and passion for a breed are traits that can't be underestimated in sheep farming and when they go hand in hand with experience and skills handed down through generations, they are quite often second to none.
Ensuring sufficient returns to make ends meet on any hill farm is never easy, but you can sleep easier at night when you rely on a breed of sheep that commands a premium in market place whether selling store, prime or breeding stock.
Few sheep breeders can rely on such an income from their pedigree Texel flock to support a family, but one who can, and fairly successfully at that, is Robert Laird, who farms 420 upland acres at Cambwell, Biggar.