NFU Scotland has seized an opportunity to press home its position that Scotland’s farm funding shortfall of almost £190 million must be addressed in the current Review of Intra-UK Allocation of Domestic Farm Funding, being led by Lord Bew.

The original decision on the distribution of additional EU farm funding was taken by the UK Government in 2013 and, since then, NFU Scotland has repeatedly called for the decision to be subject to review. Now the process is finally under way the Union has responded to Lord Bew’s Independent Review.

The long-standing view of NFU Scotland is that it was exclusively as a result of Scotland’s low payment rate per hectare that the UK was awarded the convergence uplift in 2013.

However, the UK Government chose to share this dividend across the whole of the UK based on historic allocations, a decision NFUS believes was fundamentally flawed.

Market round-up.

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 14 prime heifers at Ayr on Tuesday to a top of £1440 and 240p to average £1243.65 or 227p, while 3 prime bullocks peaked at £1452 and 240p to level at £1433.25 or 235p.

In the rough ring 34 beef cows sold to £1320 and 159p to average 131p, while 47 dairy cows peaked at £1200 and 144p to level at 110p. Five bulls sold to £1500 and 148p to average 128p, while 7 clean, OTM cattle peaked at £1140 and 198p to level at 152p.

The 5 dairy cattle forward sold to £1750 for a Holstein Friesian heifer.

C&D Auction Marts Ltd sold 501 store hoggs and cast ewes at Longtown on Tuesday. Top prices for hoggs on the day were £87 for Suffolks and Texels. Feeding ewes sold to £80 for Texels.

A much larger show of 1,046 ewes and lambs were forward and bid to a top price of £84 a life for hoggs with singles.

The firm also had a small show of store cattle forward which sold to a top of £920 for a Limousin heifer.

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd had a mixed show of 768 prime hoggs forward at their weekly sale in Newton Stewart yesterday with best types meeting the dearest trade this season.

Top prices on the day were £102.50 and 229p/kg for Texels with the overall average levelling at 195p (+9p on the week). The sale included 612 (79%) Blackface hoggs which sold to £94 and 213.9p/kg to average 200p. Five prime lambs sold to £105 or 223.4p/kg for Dorset lambs.

Cast sheep were a poorer selection this week but easy to cash with 21 heavy ewes selling to £135 for Texel crosses and averaging £80.14, while 109 light/export-type ewes peaked at £67 for Blackfaces and levelled at £55.82.