The February Stirling Bull Sales opened with shows of Aberdeen-Angus and Shorthorn bulls and sales of females from both breeds.
The prices Scottish producers are receiving for prime cattle remain 6-7% higher than this time last year, according to Stuart Ashworth, Quality Meat Scotland’s head of economics services.
There is no doubt Young Farmers’ calf wintering competitions can attract a useful following.
A new record price of 33,000gns was set for an Aberdeen Angus cow and calf at Stirling Bull Sales during the dispersal of Robin Orr’s Halbeath herd from Dunfermline.
The annual Blackface ram sale at United Auctions’ Stirling Agricultural Centre saw shearlings and ram lambs change hands at a steady but not excessive trade, with slightly smaller numbers forward.
TRADITION DICTATES that the Aberdeen-Angus breed always has precedence at the Stirling Bull Sales but that has not always translated into top prices.
The independence referendum was always going to loom large over this year’s Highland, and the opening salvoes were fired on Thursday.
So great was the entry of Shetlands at this year’s National Stallion Show that classes had to be split and rings altered to accommodate the number of ponies forward for judging.
The committee of the Scottish National Fatstock Club would be well enough pleased with the decision to move the Winter Fair to a Saturday while retaining the Highland Hall at Ingliston as venue.
There was a change of face in the rostrum at Forfar Mart on Saturday with Andrew Barrie, from Lawrie & Symington’s Lanark Mart, selling the cattle.