Kate Birch, The Highland Council's Children's Services Manager for Inverness, Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey, has been chosen at the Council's Employee of the year. She received her prize at the Council's annual Quality Awards, held at the North Highland College, Thurso, on Monday night.
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (November, 7th) sold 489 rams at its annual sale of rams. Blackface shearlings (239) sold to £900 gross from Craig Farm, Straiton, Maybole.
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DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 6th) sold 2,992 store lambs, breeding and feeding sheep. Lambs (1,167) averaged £27.43 and sold to £52 gross for Suffolk crosses from Park Farm, Strathpeffer.
A pre-Christmas appeal with a difference is going out to people in Caithness - recycle your cooking fats, oils and greases. The appeal has been prompted by the discovery of large amounts of illegally-dumped fat in the county's sewer system and waste water treatment works, in particular Thurso and Castletown.
Work has started on the first Clinical Research Facility (CRF) in the Highlands and Islands to provide a specialist environment for carrying out clinical research with a view to creating new products and services in the health sector. The CRF is located at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness which was developed and is owned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and accommodates some of the healthcare and medical related organisations in and around the city.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing us today. There are many things we can do as individuals to reduce our impact on climate change but if we act together as communities we can do even more.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 5th) sold 516 weaned calves and store cattle and 66 OTM cattle. Bullocks (289) averaged 143.5p and sold to 183.2p per kg and £860 gross.
A new survey is being funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to draw together current data relevant to marine energy developments in the Pentland Firth. By collating the information HIE will be able to help identify gaps that exist in the current data, and underpin future survey work needed to support the industry's development.
The annual hunt is underway to find the best young innovators in the Highlands and Islands. The ICT Youth Challenge is looking for more young people with bright ideas.
A three and a half hour bus service between Thurso and Inverness has been reinstated following much public pressure and a closed doors meeting between senior Stagecoach staff and Caithness Transport Forum. At a meeting on Friday morning between Caithness Transport Forum members and other local stakeholders with Stagecoach officials, Stagecoach Operations Manager, William Mainus announced that the bus company was bowing to public pressure and from the 8th December both the 7.03am Thurso to Inverness service (via Wick) and the 25X 8.03am Thurso to Inverness service (via Halkirk) would be speeded up by limiting stops after Tain, arriving at Inverness at 10.30am and 11.30am respectively.
Now that the evenings are getting darker, and colder, many people are starting to think about Autumnal celebrations like Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night. While huddling round a blazing bonfire is an important part of the celebrations, and a good way to keep warm, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is reminding everyone that careful consideration needs to be given to what goes on any pyres.
From soggy summers to wet winters, flooding can be a problem in Scotland at any time of the year. Following on from one of the wettest summers for some parts of Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is launching its annual flood awareness campaign today (27 October).
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 31st) sold 1,412 sheep of all classes. Lambs (1013) averaged £15.24 per head and sold to £36.00 gross for Cheviots from Knockie Farm, Whitebridge.
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 31st) sold 252 breeding cattle at an on-farm displenish sale on behalf of Messrs J. Macpherson & Sons.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 30th) sold 5,178 store lambs, breeding and feeding sheep. Lambs (3,207) averaged £27.68 and sold to £55 gross for Texels from Burnside Croft, Jamestown.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 29th) sold 463 weaned calves and store cattle and 56 OTM cattle. Bullocks (274) averaged 151.3p and sold to 188.5p per kg and £815 gross.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 28th) sold 71 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (22) averaged 164p (+5.9p) and sold to 173p per kg and £1,146.75 gross.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 27th) sold 261 adult head of breeding cattle including 10 pedigree bulls. Bulls (11) sold to £2,200 for a 39 month Aberdeen Angus from Dalmore Farm, Alness.
The Highland Council is holding a Credit Crunch seminar next week to see what can be done to stimulate the housing market locally and ensure that the Council meets its target for the provision of new private and affordable housing. The seminar will take place at the Lochardil Hotel, Inverness, on Wednesday 29 October and the Council has invited leading developers, financial institutions, Scottish Government officials and other housing stake holders to join them to discuss the current issues and identify how these can be tackled to create long term sustainability in the market.