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Tiree Girl Wins In Oban

An Tirisdeach would like to congratulate local girl, Emily Armstrong on winning the best Young Handlers’ at the Oban Highland Cattle sale on the 14th of February.

Emily, 10, from Farmhouse, Balemartine was presented with the Woodneuk Cup and a grooming box full of goodies.

Emily was delighted with her win and is looking forward to competing again next year. Also taking part for the first time was her sister, Eva, who enjoyed her experience in the show ring. Well done, Emily & Eva!

Scottish Beef Calf Scheme Payments Begin

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More than 7,900 Scottish producers will receive their share of £22 million of European funding in the next few weeks.

Payments for the 2011 Scottish Beef Calf Scheme (SBCS) will start to arrive in bank accounts, with 95 per cent of recipients expected to receive their payment by the end of April, subject to necessary validation checks. Payment information is available to view on Rural Payments Online.

Claims were received from 7,902 producers for around 434,000 animals, an increase of 10,000 from last year. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“These payments will provide timely support to the rural economy and deliver great benefit for our livestock sector. They form part of an important support framework which is always vital, and never more so than in the current economic climate.
“I am also pleased to confirm that the Scottish Government has been successful in ensuring this funding continues at current levels through the introduction of the Scottish Beef Scheme in January 2012, which replaces the SBCS. This will provide much needed ongoing support to Scotland’s livestock farmers until new CAP regulations come into force.”

This year’s payment rate is set at £102.44 for each of the first ten eligible animals, and £51.22 for the remainder. The payments are entirely EU funded. The Scottish Beef Calf Scheme is a direct support scheme aimed at specialist beef producers breeding beef calves from suckler cows. Suckler herds form the backbone of quality beef production in Scotland and provide environmental benefits in fragile areas. The new Scottish Beef Scheme was introduced in January 2012 following discussions held as part of the CAP review. It replaces the SBCS and allows funding to be targeted towards smaller herds through reweighted payment levels where the first ten eligible animals will receive three times the rate of any subsequent eligible animal. There is no limit to the number of claims which can be made.

Annual Cattle Sale

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United Auctions held their Annual February Sale of 326 head of Cattle at Tiree Auction Mart.

The 184 Bullocks averaged £676 or 180pence per kilo, recording a drop of £46.47 on last year’s high values. The 142 Heifers averaged £526 or 172pence per kilo, recording a drop of £32.49 on last year’s values. Bullocks sold to a top price per head of £940 for rising one year old Charolais from Heylipol Farm whilst Heifers sold to £820 for Limousin Crosses from the same home.
Prices per kilo were led by Ruaig for Limousin Bullocks at 219pence and Heylipol Farm at 204pence for Charolais Heifers. Breeding Cattle sold to £1020 for In-calf Heifers from Ruaig and Cast Cows sold to £860 from Ardmay and 125pence per Kilo from No1 Kilkenneth.

A feature of the sale was the consignment of 72 rising one year Bullocks & Heifers from Heylipol Farm which sold to average £809 per head.

PRINCIPAL LOTS & PRICES TOP BRICES PER HEAD
BULLOCKS
AAx: £798 – Hillcrest : £722 (2) – 13 Moss :
£685 – 13 Moss : £680 & £652(5) – Hillcrest :
£528 & £505 – Benview.
BBx: £548 – Ruaig
CHARx: £940, £932, £912, £888(3), £878(2), £868,
£855(2), £840(5), £822 (5) – Heylipol Farm : £815 –
Hillcrest : £812(2), £808 & £800 – Heylipol Farm :
£755 – Ardmay : £668(4), £648(3) & £628(4) – Hillcrest
: £558 – Ardmay.
LIMx: £890 & £880(2) – Heylipol Farm : £872,
£853(3) & £842 – 3 Kenovay : £832(3), £830(2),
£822(4) – Heylipol Farm : £822 (2) – 3 Kenovay :
£812 (2), £802 (3) & £792 (3) – Heylipol Farm :
£792 – 7 Kilkenneth : £788 (3) & £782 – 3 Kenovay
: £698 – Skipinnis : £698, £685 & £682 – 3 Kenovay
: £655 – Ruaig : £628 (2) – 6 Crossapol : £628 (2) –
Ruaig : £625 – Middleton Farm : £618 – Skipinnis :
£608 – 13 Moss : £598 – Ruaig : £595 – Middleton
Farm : £582 – 1 Kenovay : £578 – Druimfhraoich :
£572 – 15 Crossapol.
SALx: £745, £635 & £622 – Lochphuil :
£622 – 5 Balevullin : £608 & £582 – Lochphuil :
£550 – Middleton Farm.
SIMx: £868, £828(4), £778 & £745 – Heylipol Farm
: £718 & £692 – 3 Kenovay : £585 – Lochphuil.
HEIFERS
AAx: £612 & £585 – Hillcrest : £515 – Benview.
CHARx: £790, £738 (4), £728 (6) – Heylipol Farm :
£688 & £642 (3) – Hillcrest : £618(2) – Heylipol
Farm : £598 – Ardmay : £578 (3) – Hillcrest.
LIMx: £820, £705 & £692 – Heylipol Farm : £682 –
1 Kenovay : £655 – Heylipol Farm :
£648 – Druimfhraoich : £638 – Heylipol Farm :
£608 – 7 Kilkenneth : £588 – 1 Kenovay : £582 – 7
Kilkenneth : £578 – Druimfhraoich & 7 Kilkenneth.
SALx: £595 – Middleton Farm
SIMx: £578, £568(3) – Lochphuil.

IN–CALF HEIFERS £1020, £1000 & £940 – Ruaig.
BULLING HEIFERS £800(3) & £850 – 4 East Baugh.
IN-CALF COWS £785 – 3 Middleton.
OTM COWS £860 – Ardmay : £805 – 1 Kilkenneth :
£768 – Whitehouse : £702 – Heylipol Farm :
£700(2) – Druimfhraoich
TOP PRICES PER KILO
BULLOCKS
AAx: 190p – 13 Moss : 187p(5) – Hillcrest.
BBx: 182p – Ruaig
CHARx: 214p(4) & 205p – Hillcrest :
203p – Heylipol Farm : 200p – Ardmay : 199p(2) –
Hillcrest : 197p (5) & 196p (2) – Heylipol Farm :
195p – Ardmay : 194p – Heylipol Farm (5) &
Hillcrest (4) : 193p (2) – Hillcrest : 192p – Heylipol
Farm.
LIMx: 219p – Ruaig : 214p – Cnoc Gorm : 212p – 6
Crossapol : 204p (2) – Heylipol Farm : 203p(2) –
Ruaig : 202p – 8 Barrapol : 198p – Skipinnis & 15
Crossapol : 196p – 5 Barrapol.
HEIFERS
CHARx: 204p & 192p (4) – Heylipol Farm : 189p
(2) – Ardmay.
LIMx: 202p & 194p – 9 Barrapol :
188p – 5 Barrapol.
SIMx: 187p – 17 Balevullin.
OTM COWS
125p – 1 Kilkenneth : 124p – Hillcrest :
118p – Ardmay : 111p – Druimfhraoich :
109p – Whitehouse : 105p – Druimfhraoich.

Royal Highland Show – Double Triumph For Tiree

A large number of Islanders travelled to Edinburgh to attend this year’s Royal Highland Show, both as exhibitors and spectators.

Beating some very stiff competition two locals were awarded prizes in the classes they entered.

Iain MacInnes

Iain MacInnes, with British Blue Heifer Ruaig Dotti Et, who was placed 2nd in her class to the eventual reserve female leader. Iain was also 3rd in class to the overall reserve champion with British Blue Bluebell Conor.

Alasdair Maclean

A fantastic win for 15 year old Alasdair with his homebred shearling tup. Placed 1st out of a class of 40, Nutcracker went on to win Male Champion then won the Supreme Beltex Champion from 245 entrants, the largest sheep section at the Show.