The reputation of Incheoch genetics attracted buyers from Ireland, Wales, Wiltshire and Caithness to the McGowan family’s 12th on-farm sale of rams, bulls and heifers in Glenisla.
Frustration is building on farms as the sowing of autumn crops is delayed and growers look for a break in the weather to complete 2019’s stop-start harvest.
Trade held up well on the year at Kelso Ram Sales, with an 81% clearance and a total of 4,191 rams selling for an average price of £697.55, up by £16 on the 2018 sale, albeit for 200 fewer sold.
Practical advice on agroforestry will be on offer to farmers at two events in Fife and Perthshire later this month, with Midlands arable grower Stephen Briggs sharing his experience of combining crops and trees.
The hunt is on for two “forward-thinking” farmers who will be capable of demonstrating sustainable farming techniques after a three-year programme of training, technical support and mentoring.
The licence for glyphosate in the EU does not expire until December 2022, but the future of the product is under increasing threat as a result of political decisions.
More than 25,000 store lambs and breeding sheep passed through United Auctions sale rings at Stirling in the last few days, with a centre record set at the sale of 13,485 females.
Defra Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has failed to give details of any no-deal Brexit agricultural intervention schemes, but said the UK Government stands ready to act swiftly if sector support is needed.
Sitting down to write this piece, I am faced with the fact that there is no escape from Brexit.
Scottish researchers are embarking on a pioneering £1 million project to find alternatives to antibiotics for use in the poultry sector.