THE Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart sold 122 store heifers in Dumfries on Monday to a top of 257p per kg and an average of 216p (+7.9p on the previous sale), while 161 store bullocks peaked at 279p and levelled at 224.3p (+2.7p).
Under new proposals for changes to General Licences, Natural England wants farmers to ensure "reasonable and appropriate steps" have been tried before they reach for a gun to protect their crops from bird damage.
A KEY feature of dairy markets in the last year is the growth in dairy product imports into China following so quickly on the back of declines in production in both New Zealand and the EU, according to Nick Holt-Martyn of the Dairy Group.
Using sexed female semen has gained significant momentum across the UK's dairy herds where the prospect of a valuable replacement heifer and the likelihood of an easy calving have attracted many dairy farmers.
In my first column of 2014 I briefly referred to the two crucial issues on the referendum front upon which I looked for more clarity as the year progressed - preferably well before that crucial September date.
A TOP level line-up of campaigners from both sides of the independence referendum debate has been secured by the National Farmers Union Scotland for what looks likely to be a fiery affair in Stirling next month.
Lawrie & Symington Ltd sold 141 store heifers in Lanark yesterday to a top of 255.3p per kg and an average of 223.9p (up 12.5p on the previous sale), while 165 store, beef-bred bullocks peaked at 263.7p and levelled at 238.4p ( up 15.6p).