MAIRI Gougeon MSP is amongst the panel of industry experts set to present at this year’s Scottish Dairy Hub seminar at AgriScot.

For the third year running, the Scottish Dairy Hub and Kite Consultancy are running their seminar and popular question and answer events at Agriscot, held at Ingliston, on Wednesday November 20.

The panel includes Mairi Gougeon MSP, Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment; Paul Flanagan, strategy director for dairy at AHDB; Brendan Muldowney, a former banker and now progressive dairy farmer based in Dumfries; Chris Walkland, independent dairy market analyst and journalist; and David Keiley, Kite Consulting’s Scottish based senior consultant.

Stuart Martin, Scottish Dairy Hub and NFU Scotland milk policy manager, explains why it was important to feature such a high-profile panel: “The Hub’s main role is to answer the questions of dairy farmers and we wanted to give them an opportunity to ask questions directly to industry figures they may hear about, but don’t have a direct line for."

Market round-up

Messrs Craig Wilson Ltd sold 15 prime heifers at Ayr on Tuesday to a top of 229p/kg for a Limousin cross and to £1,408 for a Charolais cross to average 207p overall, while five prime bullocks sold to 216p and £1285 for a Charolais cross.

There were 180 cattle forward for sale in the rough ring.

Cast beef cows sold to £1,090 and 154p for a Limousin, while cast dairy cows peaked at £890 for a black and white. Cast bulls sold to £1,480 and 158p for a Limousin.

There were also 83 breeding cattle at their sale at Ayr on Tuesday.

Six bulls sold to a top of 2600gns for a Limousin and averaged £1916. Forty-seven heifers and cows with calves averaged £1535. Four in-calf heifers averaged £1,280 and 26 bulling heifers averaged £834.

C&D Auction Marts had forward 4,823 store lambs and feeding ewes at Longtown on Tuesday.

Top price on the day was £78 for Texels and for Suffolks, while Cheviot Mules sold to £71.50. The 1,201 Cheviot lambs at the sale peaked at £63.50 for Hill Northies, while 1003 Blackfaces were topped at £64.

Feeding ewes sold to £65 for Texels with Mules to £66 and Cheviots to £54.

Messrs Craig Wilson sold 1,520 prime and cast sheep at Newton Stewart yesterday.

The 1,127 prime lambs were up on the week to average 170.4p/kg with a top price of £87.50 on three occasions. Lead price per kilo was 201p for a Beltex.

Notably, Blackface lambs sold to £75.50 for one pen of lambs and to 176.4p for another pen.

Cast sheep were topped at £130 for Texels, while Mules sold to £65 and a pen of 21 Blackfaces made £55.50.