The EU has granted a derogation from implementing the Crop Diversification (three-crop rule) element of Greening requirements in Scotland for the 2018 scheme year.

With autumn plantings substantially down on the year and the cold, wet conditions this spring working against ground preparation and planting, the window of opportunity to plant and establish spring crops in 2018 has been narrow and meeting the three-crop rule for many farmers has been almost impossible. Although now late in the planting season, the derogation may help some growers whose planting schedules have been delayed.

Market round-up

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 368 store heifers at Ayr on Thursday to a top of £1240 per head and 251.9p per kg to average £830.99 and 223.4p (+10.8p on the fortnight), while 386 store, beef-bred bullocks peaked at £1435 and 281.5p to level at £938.86 and 233.7p (+8.3p). Thirty-nine store, B&W bullocks sold to £800 and 160.6p to average £680.83 and 160.3p (+3.8p).

C&D Auction Marts Ltd sold 2817 prime hoggs in Longtown on Thursday to a top of £162 per head and 335p per kg to average 253.8p (+3.5p on the week), while 50 prime lambs peaked at £149 and 331p to level at 292p (+6p).

There were also 2638 cast sheep forward when heavy ewes sold to £176 for Texels and averaged £96.73 (+£1.61), while light/export-type ewes peaked at £86 for Cheviots and levelled at £53.01 (-32p). Rams sold to £158 for a Texel and averaged £112.07.