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Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 24 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October 24th) sold 219 rams at its second continental ram sale of the year.  Texels (84) sold to 550 for a shearling from Vetigar, Tankerness.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 23 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 23rd) sold 5,207 breeding ewes and lambs.  Gimmers (173) sold to 80 gross for Cheviots from Ribigill.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Portree Sale 13 Oct 2008
PORTREE, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 13th) sold 302 weaned calves and 34 adult head of breeding cattle.  Bullocks (155) averaged 156p and sold to 203.3p per kg for a 150kg Limousin from No.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 22 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 22nd) sold 542 weaned calves and store cattle and 79 OTM cattle.  Bullocks (285) averaged 157.8p and sold to 207.4p per kg and 835 gross twice.  
Stimulating The Housing Market
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 targets 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.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 21 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 21st) sold 56 prime cattle.  Prime bullocks (15) averaged 158.1p (-2.4p) and sold to 166p per kg and 1,075.80 gross.  
HIE currently has two contracts available for new, recent or forthcoming business starts in the Creative Industries.   The contracts are seeking people to work on the delivery of a range of Creative Industries events, one with an emphasis on music and the other with an emphasis on screen and broadcasting.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Lochmaddy Sale - 20 October 2008
LOCHMADDY, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 20th) sold 355 store cattle and 9 breeding cattle.  The judge Mr James Cowie, Glasshaugh, chose a 425kg Limousin bullock as his champion and a 510kg Limousin bullock as the reserve champion both from No.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Portre Sale - 20 Oct 2008
PORTREE, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd, (October 20th) sold 279 rams at its annual show and sale of rams.  The overall show champion and winner of the J.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 17 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 17th) sold 3,936 store lambs.  Lambs (3,826) averaged 29.45 and sold to 51 gross for Suffolk crosses from No.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sheep Sale Fort William 16 October 2008
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 16th) sold 1,673 sheep of all classes.   Lambs (797) averaged 20.34 per head and sold to 34.50 gross for Crosses from Ockle, Acharacle.  
Oban Man Is Recognised As A Top UK Entrepreneur
THE founder of an Oban-based marine biotechnology company - whose groundbreaking work could lead to a cure for MRSA - has been officially recognised as one of the top entrepreneurs in Britain.   Dr Andrew Mearns Spragg, chief executive officer of Aquapharm Biodiscovery Limited, was one of the five regional finalist candidates, in the science and technology sector, to win a place in the national finals of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards.  
Businesses Urged Not To Miss Out On Environmental Savings
When it comes to putting environmental plans into action, companies in the Highlands and Islands could be losing out on savings of up to 1000 per employee.   Challenges currently facing businesses including rising raw material and energy costs, customer expectations and environmental legislation will be discussed at the free Envirowise events held in Wick, Inverness, Fort William and Elgin from 28-31 October.  
Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd - Sale Stornoway 14 October 2008
STORNOWAY, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 14th) sold 100 weaned calves and 15 adult head of breeding cattle.  Bullocks (48) averaged 142.8p and sold to 160p per kg for a 275kg Limousin from Atlantic View, Bunavoneader, and 740 gross for a 523kg Limousin from No.  
Unst Hydrogen Venture Goes From Strength To Strength
The Pure Energy Centre (PEC) in Unst, Shetland is growing globally, helping to put the Shetland Islands on the map for innovative renewable energy and hydrogen developments.   The PEC grew from the Pure Energy Project set up by the Unst Partnership and has seen the development of the first community-owned off-grid renewable hydrogen system in the world.  
SEPA Waives Sheep Dip Charges
Farmers disposing of spent sheep dip will save money this year, after the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) waived the second instalment of its annual groundwater licence charge.   The move is one of the first tangible benefits to emerge from Scotland's Environmental and Rural Services (SEARS), a new partnership between the Scottish Government and agencies such as SEPA.  
Caithness Chamber Of Commerce Reinvigorated With 150,000
The Caithness Chamber of Commerce has been reinvigorated thanks to a cash injection from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).   The funding will be supporting a new Chamber which now plans to appoint a Chief Executive to lead the Chamber forward to ensure a single voice for the Caithness business community and bring individual groups together under one umbrella organisation.  
Launch Of 2008/09 Rural Leadership Programme
Scottish Enterprise (SE) in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are launching the successful Rural Leadership Programme (RLP) for the third consecutive year.  Recruitment is taking place immediately, with the programme running throughout the winter/spring of 2008/09 and a follow up conference completing the programme to take place in early summer 2009.  
Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd - Sale 15 October 2008
DINGWALL, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 15th) sold 1,709 weaned calves at their special annual district ballot show and sale.   The judge, Mr R.  
Caithness Partnership Bus Passenger Survey
A survey of over 300 bus users in Caithness was carried out during this summer by Caithness Partnership in conjunction with Stagecoach and showed that Caithness people felt the service could be improved with more frequent buses and better timetabling, better access to vehicles for less physically able people and more services in the rural areas of the county.   Caithness Partnership Bus Passenger Survey in Conjunction With Stagecoach in Caithness Question 1 On Average how often do you use your local bus service? Few Times per week 96 Less Often 77 Few Times per month 66 Never 60 Daily 47 Not disclosed 11 Total Number Responses 357 Question 2 What prevents you from using the bus more often? Don't operate at suitable times 139 Don't serve where I need to travel to/from 87 Happy with local bus services 69 Buses not comfortable 66 Buses not reliable 59 Not aware of appropriate services 57 Fares are too expensive 52 Not wheelchair/buggy friendly 39 No response 22 Other Comments 3/4 mile from bus stop no need to travel on bus No evening or Sunday buses in county Disabled steps too high, would travel if I could get on them Steps in most buses creates a great and dangerous disadvantage to the elderly and disabled.