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 hosting a conference next month which aims to support and promote the wider use of local food, products and services. Organised by The Highland Council's Planning and Development Service, the one-day event, entitled Local Food in the Highlands, will take place at the Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, on Friday 7 November 2008 The conference is targeted at all those involved in making local food available in The Highland Council area - producers, processors, distributors and buyers - and aims to: • bring together those involved in production of local food and its distribution with those involved in public procurement.
The Highland Council is warning Highland businesses not to be duped after complaints that several companies have received bogus high pressure sales telephone calls requesting them to sponsor leaflets, booklets and other materials for their local schools. They are also advising people that new national regulations have been introduced to protect businesses from misleading advertising by other businesses.
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.
Major Island Population change survey goes live... People of all ages in Orkney are being encouraged to go online - to take part in a major survey of population changes in the islands.
The Highland Council was singled out for national praise because of the high quality of its 135 public toilets. At a time when other Councils are closing facilities across the UK, The Highland Council said that it recognises the importance of providing well-maintained and welcoming toilets, especially when it comes to encouraging tourism and are setting aside £300,000 a year for refurbishment and replacement of facilities.
FORT WILLIAM, Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 25th) sold 767 weaned calves and store cattle, 59 adult head of breeding cattle and 43 OTM cattle. Bullocks (402) averaged 150.2p and sold to 231.4p per kg and £840 gross for a 363kg Charolais cross from Aberchalder, Invergarry.
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, Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., (October, 23rd) sold 5,207 breeding ewes and lambs. Gimmers (173) sold to £80 gross for Cheviots from Ribigill.
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.