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Meeting to advise farmers how to make use of slurry nutrients

A meeting planned for Torr Farm, Auchencairn, on Friday March 15 will focus on ways farmers can make the best use of the nutrients available in the manure and slurry their livestock produce.

The free event is organised jointly by consultants from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and Soil Association Scotland.

Torr Farm is one of the four Farming for a Better Climate Focus Farms in Scotland and organic farmers Ross and Lee Paton are old hands at explaining their experiences to visiting groups.

At the Muck event, Ross will be joined by SRUC expert Dr Bill Crooks in explaining how the PLANET nutrient management programme can be used to plan the proper use of resources over the season.

They will be backed up by composting expert Audrey Litterick of Earthcare Technical Ltd who will give tips on the proper care and management of what some regard as an animal waste product, but more now realise is a valuable home produced resource. At current fertiliser prices dairy slurry has a typical value of around £3.20 per cubic metre.

A representative from SEEPA will offer advice and a local contractor will demonstrate various items of slurry spreading kit.

For further information and to book a place telephone Sandra MacRae on 01387 261172 or email sandra.macraé@sac.co.uk

MARKET Round up

Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 16 lots of Single Farm Payment Entitlements, comprising 407.67 units, for an average multiplier of 1.8 at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on Friday.

Top bid on the day was £1060 per unit for 10 units with a Euro value of 623.14 per unit, which gave the top multiplier of 2.1.

Wallets Marts sold 335 store bullocks in Castle Douglas yesterday to a top of 262.2p per kg and an average of 226.5p, while 235 store heifers peaked at 239p and levelled at 208.5p.

In the rough ring 60 cows averaged 138.2p and 3 bulls levelled at 146.7p. Eight OTM heifers averaged 189.8p.

Harrison and Hetherington sold 11 prime heifers in Carlisle yesterday to a top of 237.5p and an average of 210.9p (+6.5p on the week), while 19 prime bullocks peaked at 246.5p and levelled at 210.6p (+9.4p). Thirty-one prime, beef-bred bulls sold to 243.5p and averaged 209.6p (+17.9p), and 26 prime, dairy-bred bulls peaked at 209.5p and levelled at 173.4p (+7.6p).

In the rough ring 118 beef cows averaged 155.2p (+9.1p), and 123 dairy cows levelled at 122.4p (+5.1p). Ten bulls averaged 156.3p (+1.2p).

The firm also sold 1585 prime hoggs to a top of £122 per head and 277.3p per kg to average 182p (+3.5p). The 116 cast sheep forward saw ewes sell to £110.5o for Texels and £26.50 for Swaledales.

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