DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 9th) sold 92 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (36) averaged 162.5p (N/C) and sold to 174p per kg and £1,145.70 gross.
Enterprising solutions are urgently needed if more locally-grown food is to reach local dinner plates, according to delegates at the Highlands and Islands Local Food Network's 3rd annual conference. Some 34 producers from across the Highlands and Islands attended the two-day HILFN event at Loch Insh, Kincraig near Aviemore.
Wick, on the east coast of Caithness, received a major confidence boost this week, following news that a Â£576,000 funding package (loan and grant) has been secured to install a marina development in the town's harbour. The deal has required complex negotiations between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) which is providing the vital funding conduit.
NFU Scotland and the Northern Constabulary have worked together to launch a new initiative "The Caithness & Sutherland Farm Watch Scheme", and details of this scheme have already been circulated to NFU Scotland members in the area. If you have not received any information, or you are not a member of NFU Scotland, then please may I take this opportunity to introduce it to you.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today announced some newly available initiatives, with others soon to be put in place, to help the region's businesses through the current economic difficulties. Chair Willy Roe explained: "The economic situation is extremely challenging and businesses in the region are facing very difficult times.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 3rd) sold 212 weaned calves and store cattle, 93 adult head of breeding cattle, and 113 OTM cattle. Bullocks (100) averaged 158.4p and sold to 193p per kg and £660 gross.
On Monday 1st December 2008 Caithness Horizons reopened the magnificently restored Thurso Town Hall and Carnegie Library to the public. The new museum and community facility has not only captured the past and brought it to life through displays and interpretation, it also provides a real flavour of Caithness today to tempt visitors to find out more about this diverse county.
Mey Selections won the Best Retail Initiative award last week at the NEC in Birmingham. The award, given by Radio 4's food and farming programme is seen as the Oscar of the food and farming world and it acknowledges Mey Selections outstanding achievement with customers on a national scale.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (December, 2nd) sold 77 prime cattle. Prime bullocks (40) averaged 162.5p (-15.7p) and sold to 171p per kg and £1,164.40 gross.
Monday 1 December is a significant date in the local calendar, as it marks the reopening of the Thurso Town Hall and Carnegie Library. Magnificently restored, it now houses Caithness Horizons, an outstanding new museum and community facility for Scotland's most northerly county.
An 11-week period of public consultation begins on Monday 1 December to agree a development masterplan for the Nigg oil complex, Easter Ross. The public has until 16 February, next year, to have their say on options for the future of the site as a multi-user facility.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 27th) sold 2,292 store lambs, breeding and feeding sheep. Lambs (1,482) averaged £30.26 and sold to £51 gross for Crosses from Shop Farm, Scotscalder, Thurso.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has developed, with Government, a 10-point Plan to support economic activity during the current difficulties. The aim is to help the economy whilst also protecting the environment and the health and well being of communities across Scotland.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November 25th) sold 110 prime cattle at its Christmas Show & Sale sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland, Scot JCB, John M. Munro Butchers, MacRae & Dick Landrover Centre, Aberdeen Journals, Highland Industrial Supplies, Highland Tractors, and Harbro Farm Sales and judged by Mr.
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (November, 19th) sold 419 weaned calves and store cattle and 136 OTM cattle. Bullocks (237) averaged 159.1p and sold to 205.8p per kg and £790 gross.
The Highland Council, NHS Highland and Jobcentre + joined forces yesterday (18 November 2008) to discuss ways they can work better together at getting people back into and in retaining employment. The event entitled ~Building a Fairer & Healthier Highland~ brought together over 80 participants from Government and local agencies to look at the positive health impact of work and the way services in Highland that assist people into employment needed to be adapted or created.
Plans by The Highland Council to modernise and significantly extend home care services to cope with more referrals and provide 24/7 cover take a step forward this week. The Council has already embarked on a wide-ranging programme to modernise its own in-house home care service to ensure wider and better access to services and to support more people in their own homes for longer.
The Highland Council is giving top priority to tackling the impacts on Highland communities of the Credit Crunch and large rises in energy bills. A task force of councillors and officials has been set up to effectively respond to the downturn in the economy.
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.