A partnership involving NFU Scotland, Police Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council continues to promote responsible dog ownership in the region in a bid to prevent further devastating attacks on livestock.

With the school holidays imminent and visitors to the area expected to increase, farmers, landowners and the local vet met with representatives from Police Scotland and Argyll & Bute Council to highlight the ‘Control Your Dog on Farmland’ campaign. The meeting was held at Nether Largie farm, Kilmartin, courtesy of Iain Malcolm, with the aim of encouraging responsible dog ownership throughout the whole year, and not just at lambing time when sheep are most vulnerable.

Market round-up

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 20 prime heifers at Ayr on Tuesday to a top of £1290 for a Limousin and 229p/kg for a Charolais to average 214p overall.

There were also 140 Cattle forward in the Rough Ring. The 49 beef cows sold to a top price of £1200 for a Charolais and 162p for a Limousin to average 118p, while 74 dairy cows were topped at £940 for a Holstein and averaged 100p. Six bulls sold to £1360 and averaged 114p, while 11 Clean, OTM cattle peaked at £1000 or 165p for the same South Devon beast.

C&D Auction Marts Ltd held their weekly sale of ewes with lambs at foot on Tuesday. A smaller show of ewes and lambs this week was topped at £88 on two occasions both for Texel 3-4 crop ewes with twin lambs. Hoggs with single lambs sold to £75; Shearlings with singles £60, Shearlings with twins £60 and Blackface ewes with singles £45.50.

Lawrie &Symington Ltd sold 192 store cattle at their fortnightly sale at Lanark on Tuesday. Bullocks sold to a top of £1105 for a pair of Aberdeen Angus and to 208.3p/kg for a Limousin to average 198.1p/kg. Heifers sold to a top of £1090 for a Charolais and to 204.5p/kg for a Limousin to level at 188.5p/kg.

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 724 Prime and Cast Sheep at their weekly sale in Newton Stewart yesterday. The 627 prime lambs forward sold to a top of £100 for Texels and 213p/kg for Beltex to average 199p overall (-12p).

Cast ewes were topped by a Beltex at £90. Mules sold to £79 and Blackfaces to £50.

C & D Auction Marts Ltd held their weekly sale of primestock in Dumfries yesterday.

There were 40 OTM cattle forward which sold up to £1178 and 158p/kg. In the sheep ring the 399 Prime lambs followed the national trend and slipped a little. Top prices were £100 and 231p/kg to average 195p. The 348 cast sheep sold to £157 for Texel ewes, while lighter ewes peaked at £64 for Blackface.