It may be only a week since Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead delivered his CAP implementation plans, but already NFU Scotland is pushing hard for more clarity and guidance.
Dig into the rich history of United Auctions' Bull Sales and you will reveal a fascinating passage through Scotland’s agricultural timeline.
When it comes to producing a solid Stirling Bull Sales trade, the Charolais rarely disappoint.
Interbreed cattle judge John Dykes, South Slipperfield, had plenty of good candidates in front of him at Fife Show but ultimately his supreme champion was a black-coated Limousin bull from Katherine Lawson and her father William from Windsole, Auchterarder.
Coming after a week of shorts and T-shirts weather, Saturday’s return to grey skies and raw winds might have dented the profits of ice-cream sellers at Stirling Agricultural Society’s annual show but it didn’t detract from the quality of the stock forward in the judging rings.
Spectators braved the blustery conditions to witness a strong turnout of stock in the sheep lines over the first two days of the Royal Highland, with entries up by more than 100 on the year, to 1,972 head.
Normally it is Chicago that is known as “the windy city” but on Saturday the description would have been equally apt for Brechin.
The agricultural section at Strathardle Gathering came up trumps again this year thanks to an outstanding show of commercial stock and Blackface sheep.
The newly branded LiveScot event, held at Lanark Market on Saturday, was hailed a triumph by exhibitors and spectators alike, with the primestock spectacle enjoying a strong turnout of both.
The young handlers at Stars of the Future were judged by Ian Neish.