ATTEMPTS TO retrieve red meat levy paid out on Scottish-reared livestock slaughtered south of the border have been blocked by English ministers, prompting an angry outburst from their Scottish counterpart Richard Lochhead.
AN EMERGENCY scheme to bolster the supply of livestock fodder in Northern Ireland had an immediate impact after its introduction last weekend – so much so that the Province administration has already dropped part of the incentive to importers.
THERE HAS been a 70% rise in female farriers working in the UK, a trend spearheaded by champion farrier, Sarah-Mary Brown (pictured), who has already scooped a haul of prizes and made an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers.
FARMERS' SONS Tom Baird, Finlay Hay and Duncan Clow have been working at the grape harvest in Western Australia, putting them in the ideal spot to follow the Rugby Lions anniversary tour there next month.
CAITHNESS FARMER Ian Sinclair, of Clyth Mains, by Lybster, has appealed for information following the theft of 18 very young calves stolen from his farm sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
HOPES OF a CAP reform deal by the end of June were reportedly hanging in the balance this week, with a 'huge gulf' remaining between Europe's farm ministers and the European Commission on a number of issues, writes Douglas MacSkimming.
NEXT FRIDAY the main sale ring at Craig Wilson Auction Mart, Newton Stewart, will be buzzing with the hum of clipping machines, lively music and ten lassies getting to work – shearing sheep in an eight hour charity marathon.
AS PUBLIC concern over pesticide use grows, pushed into the spotlight by the row over neonicotinoids and bees, Scotland's Rural College and the James Hutton Institute have launched new research into boosting plants' natural defences.